Houston, TX | November 4th, 2021 – Daly & Black, P.C., representing a group of policyholders, was successfully able to certify a class action against GEICO concerning the alleged underpayment of auto claims.
*A previous version of this press release included inaccurate factual statements and misstatements related to the effect of class certification. We regret the error and apologize to GEICO and its policyholders.
Plaintiffs allege that they each purchased an insurance policy that required payment of taxes and/or certain fees in event of a total loss of their vehicle. Plaintiffs claim that GEICO breached the policy by failing to pay sales tax in certain circumstances and/or registration fees to insureds whose vehicles were determined to be total losses.
“Plaintiffs’ position is that GEICO’s policies require it to pay costs associated with replacing a vehicle that is a total loss. This includes, for example, tax on all vehicles and registration fees. Plaintiffs seek to hold GEICO responsible for paying those costs,” said Plaintiff’s counsel, Richard Daly of Daly & Black, P.C.
On October 28th, 2021 Judge Keith P. Ellison heard arguments and on November 3, 2021, approved the motion to certify the class against GEICO although an order has not yet been issued. Policyholders who qualify will be provided Notice that the Class was certified, along with the claims and defenses at issue, and be informed of their right to opt out of the Class.
The case styling is Civil Action 4:20-cv-00799, Philip Angel et al. v. GEICO Advantage Insurance Co. et al., in the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division.
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