Friday, December 11, 2015

Settlement reached on class action claim against Progressive over PIP deductible

I wrote here about Estrada v. Progressive Direct Ins. Co., 53 F. Supp.3d 484 (D. Mass. 2014), in which 93A claims in a class action suit against Progressive Direct Insurance survived summary judgment.  The plaintiffs asserted that Progressive's website unfairly led consumers to purchase policies with an $8,000 PIP deductible.

Plaintiffs' attorney Ryan Alekman of Alekman DiTusa informs me that a settlement agreement has been reached.  According to the notice of class action settlement, Progressive has agreed to pay $1,875 on valid PIP claims under policies purchased online from it between May 1, 2008 and April 27, 2010 containing an $8,000 PIP deductible.  If you think you may have a claim you can click on this link to submit it. 

Attorney Alekman says this about the settlement:
We are happy to have achieved this result on behalf of all Massachusetts consumers.  Class actions enable a single consumer to make a difference that benefits other people in the same situation.  It is my belief that class actions also play an important part in leveling the playing field between individuals and large corporations, and act as a deterrent against similar behavior in the future. 

I reached out to counsel for Progressive but did not hear back before this article posted.