State Farm will pay $250 million to settle a lawsuit that said the big insurance company tried to rig the Illinois justice system to overturn a $1 billion jury verdict on use of non-manufacturer parts in car crash claims.

Little Rock lawyer Tom Thrash has been a lawyer in this case from the beginning, though Arkansas customers had already received a settlement in the case and are excluded from the new settlement. He’s continued to participate in the ongoing federal suit in Illinois that was to begin today. It sought $8.5 billion in damages.


State Farm spent heavily to elect a Supreme Court justice who voted to overturn the jury verdict. The money was routed through dark money organizations to benefit a justice who proved valuable to the insurance company. A federal judge denied efforts to have the suit dismissed.

This settlement will go to policyholders insured from July 28, 1987 to Feb. 24, 1998, except those in Arkansas and Tennessee because of prior settlements.


According to the settlement, lawyers will file for fees later with the court.

50 years of fearless reporting and still going strong

Be a part of something bigger and join the fight for truth by subscribing or donating to the Arkansas Times. For 50 years, our progressive, alternative newspaper in Little Rock has been tackling powerful forces through our tough, determined, and feisty journalism. With over 63,000 Facebook followers, 58,000 Twitter followers, 35,000 Arkansas blog followers, and 70,000 email subscribers, it's clear that our readers value our commitment to great journalism. But we need your help to do even more. By subscribing or donating – as little as $1 –, you'll not only have access to all of our articles, but you'll also be supporting our efforts to hire more writers and expand our coverage. Take a stand with the Arkansas Times and make a difference with your subscription or donation today.

Previous article Corporate interests sue to kill minimum wage increase Next article Bonus episode of Rock the Culture podcast: ‘We Are They’