As I deal with State Farm Insurance adjusters almost on a daily basis, this news doesn't really surprise me. On any given day in my practice, State Farm denies and debates legitmate and serious injury claims where its drivers are clearly negligent, has a tendency to drag out litigation and is generally not helpful, even to its own insureds.
Hopefully State Farm is not rotten from the top down but "misleading" the Illinois Supreme Court on how much in campaign donations it gave to a justice, who heard State Farm's appeal of a 1995 billion dollar class action verdict against them, really doesn't look too good.
When State Farm Insurance appealed the billion dollar verdict against them, concerns were raised regarding how much money it had given to one of the judges who would hear the appeal. At the time, State Farm admitted that people "linked" to State Farm had given $350,000 to Judge Lloyd Karmeier's campaign (which raised $4.5 million). Based on that information and amount of money, the Illinois Supreme Court found no reason to worry about that judge hearing State Farm's appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the bias case. However, after a recent FBI investigation, State Farm was found to have donated $2.4 million to Judge Karmeier's campaign. Just a minor numbers mixup, whoops! It's unclear where this revelation will lead and how it will affect the 1995 verdict appeal.
As a side note, the class action case against State Farm in 1995 involved unhappy State Farm customers who alleged that State Farm used substandard parts for to repair their damaged cars. Like a good neighbor.....