More On Senter’s Rejection Of State Farm Class Action Settlement; Lawyers Stand To Collect $46 Million

This story by Anita Lee of the Biloxi Sun Herald and this story by Joseph Treaster of the New York Times are the best I’ve seen on Friday’s ruling by Judge Senter: chock full of facts and details.  If you want my take, look up my post from Friday, where I have a link to the eight-page opinion.  

And, in other news, Dickie Scruggs and other members of his legal team stand to pocket some $46 million as part of State Farm’s settlement of 600-plus filed cases, and the class action settlement Senter rejected Friday.  The story I linked to, by Michael Kunzelman, of the Associated Press, quotes Scruggs as saying: "It was never about the money for me, this litigation."  For some reason I can’t quite put my finger on, that quote reminds me of a friend I had some time back who,  every time he heard the line "it’s not about the money," would say, "right, it’s about what the money can buy." 

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  1. John Eisel

    How do you determine coverage (number of occurrences and limits) for mass torts claimed in a class action lawsuit where there are mulitiple plaintiffs claiming similar wrongful acts over a period of time? For example, strip searches.

  2. That’s a pretty complicated question. I’ve looked at this issue in connection with a whole lot of sex abuse and other cases, and the answer is jurisdictions are all over the map on this. There can be one occurrence per victim per policy period, one occurrence per abuser per policy period, each incident can constitute an occurrence, and so forth. I have spent a week just answering that question in some cases, so it’s far too complicated for me to say more than this brief summary. Sometimes there is no answer and you just have to guess.