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State Farm auto-parts trial documents 3

State Farm auto-parts trial documents

Editor's note: The following memos are verbatim copies of State Farm's internal documents that were entered as evidence in the auto-parts class action lawsuit in Marion, Ill. On Oct. 4, a jury found State Farm guilty of breaching its contract with its policyholders and awarded $456 million to the plaintiffs. On Oct. 8, Judge John Speroni ordered State Farm to pay an additional $730 million in damages.

Judge John Speroni's ruling on the consumer-fraud complaint, in which he awards the plaintiffs $600 million in punitive damages.

Memo from State Farm assistant vice president of auto property claims Bill Hardt, stating that aftermarket parts aren't the same as OEM parts.

Internal State Farm memo from Samantha Bird to other State Farm employees instructing them to "dump" their old documents.

Memo from State Farm reinspection superintendent, Westlake regional office, Stephen Booth, regarding the substandard quality of aftermarket parts.

Letter from State Farm claims vice president G. Robert Mecherle to Pier Talenti of the Detroit Testing Laboratory, a reviewer of aftermarket parts quality. Mecherle mentions that several plants are producing substandard aftermarket parts.

Rough draft of a memo from Ben Parr, State Farm's former senior automobile industry liaison, to Jack Gillis, an executive at the Certified Automotive Parts Association, regarding the substandard quality of the manufacture of aftermarket parts.

Part two of a rough draft of a memo from Ben Parr, State Farm's former senior automobile industry liaison, to Jack Gillis, an executive at the Certified Automotive Parts Association, regarding the substandard quality of the manufacture of aftermarket parts.

Personal notes from Certified Automotive Parts Association executive director Jack Gillis from his trip to Taiwan. Gillis notes that an OE factory makes CAPA parts look bad.

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