That landmark case is Avery v State Farm and we have a few post on it here dating back to 2008. As I remember State Farm defrauded its own customers with auto policies via aftermarket parts. They lost and kept losing until the election for Supreme Court where they managed to get their whore, Lloyd Karmeier elected and ol’ Lloydie was the deciding vote in tossing the case from the Illinois Supreme Court. Well folks it turns out State Farm was using straw men and front groups to fund their whore and it is seeing the light of day. From the Chicage Tribune:
Lawyers in a class-action case accuse insurance giant State Farm of defrauding the Illinois Supreme Court by covering up its support of the Republican candidate in the most expensive state judicial race in U.S. history.
Those attorneys, including former television star and U.S. senator Fred Thompson, allege State Farm lied and mislead the court, hiding its “extraordinary support of Justice (Lloyd) Karmeier’s campaign and to thwart Justice Karmeier’s disqualification.”
A petition was filed last week, asking the court to reconsider its decision to void a $1 billion verdict against State Farm. The petition is based on an investigation by former FBI agent Michael Reece.
“The bottom line of my investigation is that State Farm used the Illinois Civil Justice League to elect Judge Karmeier and Judge Karmeier knew it,” Reece stated in his affidavit that accompanied the petition.
The petition alleges Karmeier received at least $2.5 million and up to $4 million in contributions from State Farm during the 2004 campaign against his opponent, Democrat Gordon Maag. Karmeier declined to recuse himself from the class-action case against State Farm because of a conflict of interest and eventually cast his vote to void a $1 billion judgment.
The concept of special interest buying elections for their waterboys is nothing new on these pages and is a theme we are examining at the local level with our Jefferson Parish coverage. With an anti trust exemption that inhibits competition and prevents risks from being spread, corporate predators like State Farm are very used to getting their way. One day maybe we’ll elect folks to high office that actually represent the people instead of rent by the hour types that represent themselves and themselves alone.