Smith Phillips nationwide class actions completed include one on behalf of purchasers of health insurance through Group Associations, and another on behalf of holders of interest sensitive life insurance.
Golebiowski v. Mega Life, National Association for the Self Employed, et al. sought relief on behalf of a nationwide class of Plaintiffs who were sold policies of health insurance through so-called “group associations.” TheGolebiowski case was transferred by the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas as part of the In re UICI “Association Group” Insurance Litigation, MDL # 1578. There it was consolidated with Lacy v. Mega Life, Mid-West National Life, Alliance for Affordable Services, et al. with SP Partner Richard T. Phillips as co-lead counsel. The consolidated Golebiowski/Lacycases were settled on behalf of over a million current and former Association members and insurance purchasers.
Jones v. Jackson National arose from interest crediting practices of Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Originally filed in federal court in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, Jones was transferred by the Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. There, the case was consolidated with the South Carolina case of Wood v. Jackson National. After hearings before U.S. District Judge David McKeague, the insurance company defendant entered into settlement negotiations. Judge McKeague approved a settlement on behalf of approximately 169,000 policyholders nationwide.
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