Jeffrey Chapman, et al., v. GEICO Casualty Company, et al.
Chapman v. GEICO
49D01-1905-PL-018436

Welcome to the Chapman v. GEICO Settlement Website

Current and former policyholders of a GEICO Underwriting Company who made a covered first-party auto claim and whose vehicle was adjusted as a total loss may be entitled to a settlement payment of up to $20.00 (subject to a pro rata reduction).

NOTE: Settlement Class Members whose policy is still active will automatically receive their settlement payment, mailed directly to the address on file with GEICO. Class Members whose policy is no longer active must verify and/or update their names and mailing addresses by submitting a Claim Form online by October 29, 2021 to receive their settlement payment.

 

What is this lawsuit about?

A Proposed Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Defendant GEICO Casualty Company. The class action lawsuit alleges GEICO breached its insurance policy by not including fees charged by the State of Indiana to transfer title to a vehicle, as well as fees charged by the State of Indiana to transfer license plates (or tags) on a vehicle, as part of its total loss claim settlements involving vehicles with private-passenger auto physical damage coverage for a comprehensive or collision loss. GEICO denies that any of plaintiffs’ allegations are true, and denies it is liable for any wrongdoing.

The Court has not ruled in favor of the Plaintiff or GEICO. The parties have agreed to settle this case in order to resolve their dispute without the expense, inconvenience, and uncertainties of litigation.

How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?

The class is defined as all persons insured under an Indiana Policy issued by Geico for private passenger auto physical damage who (1) submitted a first-party claim for property damage that was determined by GEICO to be a covered comprehensive or collision total-loss claim and (2) where the claim payment did not include at least $20.00 in title and registration fees (“Transfer Fees”), between the time period of May 7, 2009 for GEICO Casualty Co. and GEICO Advantage Insurance Co. and March 31, 2011 for all other GEICO Indiana underwriting entities, through August 6, 2021.

How much is the Settlement?

Defendant has agreed to create a Settlement Fund of $821,660.00, which is inclusive of Attorneys’ Fees, Expenses, and Incentive Award. All administration costs, including, without limitation, costs of Class Notice and of the Claims Administrator, shall be paid by or on behalf of GEICO, separate and apart from the Settlement Amount and which shall not in any way reduce the Settlement Payment to Settlement Class Members.

 

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS

ACTION EXPLANATION
DO NOTHING If you are an active policy holder, you are not obligated to take any action. If you do nothing, you will remain a member of the Settlement Class and may receive a settlement payment. You will also release your potential claims against GEICO and be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court.

If you are a former policy holder, you must verify and/or update your name and mailing address by submitting a Claim Form online by October 29, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. EST to receive your settlement payment. If you do not submit a valid and timely claim, you will not receive a payment from the Settlement Fund, but you will release all your potential claims against Geico and be bound by the Settlement unless you exclude yourself.
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

Deadline: October 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST (Online)
If you are an active policy holder, you do not need to do anything to receive a monetary payment in connection with the settlement. As long as you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement, you will receive a settlement payment.

If you are a former policy holder, you must submit a Claim Form online by October 29, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. EST to receive a settlement payment. If you do not submit a valid and timely claim, you will not receive a payment from the Settlement Fund, but you will release all your potential claims against Geico and be bound by the Settlement unless you exclude yourself.
EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM THE CLASS

Deadline: October 29, 2021 (Postmarked)
You may exclude yourself from the Settlement by mailing notice to: IN ACV Settlement, c/o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91420, Seattle, WA 98111 on or before October 29, 2021. Each notice must be in writing and include the name, address, and phone number of the person/entity seeking exclusion. Each notice must also include a signed statement that: “I/we hereby request that I/we be excluded from the proposed Settlement Class in the Jeffrey Chapman, et al., v. GEICO Casualty Company, et al., litigation.” If you timely opt-out of the Settlement, you will not be bound by the Settlement, and you will not receive a settlement payment.
OBJECT

Deadline: October 29, 2021 (Postmarked)
You may object to this Settlement by filing an objection with the Clerk of the Court. Each objection must be in writing, and must contain the case name and number, and include a notice of intention to appear, a statement of membership in the Settlement Class, and the legal and factual basis for your objection and any reason why you desire to appear and be heard, along with all documents and evidence that you desire the Court to consider, and must be submitted by October 29, 2021. You must send a complete copy of any objection to Class Counsel and to counsel for GEICO.

For More Information

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Mail
IN ACV Settlement
c/o JND Legal Administration
PO Box 91420
Seattle, WA 98111