Judge Please…

Make themshut up

An insurance adjusting firm wants two whistleblowers to stop talking about claims they handled for State Farm insurance, pay damages for economic harm and return records they turned over to federal and state investigators.

SNIP

The sisters said they left their adjusting jobs because of the wrongdoing they discovered and documented from State Farm claims files. They have accused State Farm of manipulating engineering firms to supply reports attributing hurricane damage to water, covered by national flood insurance, rather than wind, covered under State Farm policies.

And judge we want the jackets back…

In its lawsuit against the Rigsbys, Renfroe is also demanding that the sisters return their State Farm jackets. The sisters displayed the jackets on “20/20” to illustrate they represented themselves to policyholders as State Farm employees.

(h/t to reader Rob)

2 thoughts on “Judge Please…

  1. well, that should help their image.
    i am SO glad i went with american family for my car insurance.

  2. “…and return records they turned over to federal and state investigators.”
    Could someone tell me how they can do that? Isn’t that cow out of the barn already?
    I can see that State Farm could hold that they can’t appear to represent themselves as current employees by wearing jackets while giving interviews. I can see that State Farm would want them to clearly say that they are not current employees even though they were in the past (In fact I think the interview on 20/20 actually had details of what happened at their termination / quitting).
    What I can’t see is that by trying to put on a gag order, how that will look at the inevitable lawsuits. The way the national fllood insurance is written, its pretty clear that the national flood insurance covers flood and the standard insurance is responsible for wind. But as it may be debatable as to which caused the damage, it seems like a set-up for inevitable lawsuits.
    Add in that Katrina had miles and miles of coastland where both flood and wind could have caused damage and the number of people in multiple states sets the stage for a class-action suit.
    Now the insured can point to the gag order to claim that State Farm (and by extension the whole insurance industry) deliberately not only tried to cheat folks but deliberately tried to do so and tried to have gag orders to suppress the truth, and the whole thing starts smelling really fishy to the jury. (And most jurry members have probably had some claim with an insurance company and gotten a little but thought they should get more)

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