Gilchrist v. State Farm Mut. Automobile Ins. Co.
- Case Date: 12/16/2002
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On November 18, 2004, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta threw out a lawsuit involving antitrust claims brought on behalf of 70 million car insurance policy holders nationwide. The lower court had certified the case as a nationwide class action; the appeals court held that the case never should have been allowed to go forward at all. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging that the trial court decision be overturned. The appeals court agreed with WLF that the suit was essentially frivolous. But instead of merely decertifying the plaintiff class, the appeals court dismissed the case altogether. The appeals court held that the plaintiffs' antitrust claims involved the "business of insurance," a subject over which Congress has prohibited federal courts from exercising jurisdiction.
More Information and Downloads:
12/17/2003: Download the Brief
7/24/2003: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Dismisses Nationwide Class Action Against Auto Insurance Industry