IMPORTANT UPDATE: On October 4, 2022, the Court granted final approval of the Settlement. It was not required for Class Members to attend the Fairness Hearing. For more information, please review the Memorandum Opinion and Order.
What is the lawsuit about?
This lawsuit is about whether State Farm breached its Alabama insurance policies by applying depreciation to the estimated costs of labor and other non-material costs in calculating actual cash value ("ACV") payments. Plaintiff contends that such depreciation resulted in Plaintiff and the Class being underpaid and was a breach of the insurance contracts.
State Farm denies that its conduct breached the insurance contracts. State Farm contends that many policyholders received everything they were entitled to under their policy, including through payments for replacement cost benefits.
The parties have now reached a settlement of the lawsuit, which has been granted the Court’s final approval.
Who is included?
The Settlement Class includes:
"All persons and entities insured under a State Farm structural damage policy who made: (1) a structural damage claim for property located in the State of Alabama with a date of loss on or after March 8, 2011, but before August 3, 2017; and (2) which resulted in an actual cash value payment during the class period from which “non-material depreciation” was withheld from the policyholder; or which would have resulted in an actual cash value payment but for the withholding of “non-material depreciation” causing the loss to drop below the applicable deductible."
How can I be eligible to receive a settlement payment?
Class Members who fully complete a claim form and timely mail it to the Settlement Administrator or upload it to this website may be eligible for payment. If you had more than one Covered Loss during the Class Period (March 8, 2011 through August 3, 2017) then you may submit separate Claim Form(s) for those losses, but you must separately complete, sign and timely submit a separate Claim Form to be eligible for payment on each of those other losses in the event that the settlement is approved by the Court.