Examples of Normand PLLC’s success in litigating class actions are Roth v. GEICO, Joffe v. Geico, and Bellamy v. Geico. These cases were filed and resolved in Federal Court in Florida, and addressed whether sales tax, registration fees, and title fees are owed after a motor vehicle is a total loss.
Normand PLLC successfully argued on behalf of the plaintiff that sales tax and title fees are necessary to replace a vehicle and are therefore owed under GEICO’s insurance policy, irrespective of whether the vehicle is owned, financed, or leased.
Virtually all class actions are either unsuccessful or are settled prior to any determination at trial or summary judgment as to who is right and wrong. But in this case, Normand PLLC successfully secured final judgment in favor of a certified class for 100% of the alleged damages.
In Roth v. Geico, after Geico appealed and on the eve of oral argument, the case settled – but not for 25% of damages, or 50%, or 90%, or even 100%. The case settled for 100% of damages, plus an extra $4.60 per class member for good measure, for a settlement value of approximately $79 million dollars.
- Joffe v. GEICO, CaseNo.0:18-cv-61361-WPD (S.D.Fl. Filed June 15,2018) (class of likely approximately 5,000 leased-vehicle insureds certified July 31, 2019);
- Jones v. Gov’t Employees Ins. Co., Case No. 6:17-cv-00891-Orl-40LRH (M.D. Fla. filed May 17, 2017) (judgment entered in favor of a certified class of over 200,000 members for $79.35 plus interest, fees, and costs);
- Roth v. GEICO, Case No. 16-cv-62942-WPD (S.D. Fl. removed Dec. 14, 2016) (judgment of nearly $79,000,000 entered in favor of certified class of approximately 3,500 insureds).