Brunswick v. Amica Mutual Insurance Company

 Superior Court for The State Of Washington Pierce County -  Case No. 20-2-05690-7

If you had an auto insurance policy in Washington issued by AMICA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY or AMICA PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY and received payment to cover damage to your vehicle after March 23, 2014, you may be able to get a payment from this class action Settlement.
What is this lawsuit about?
In the lawsuit, Plaintiff claims that when certain automobiles sustain damage to their structural systems and bodies, they cannot be fully repaired to their pre-accident condition, causing the vehicles to suffer a loss in value called “diminished value.” Plaintiff alleges that AMICA failed to pay or pay adequately for this type of loss under its Washington insurance policies’ UMPD coverage, and that such an alleged failure to pay is a breach of AMICA’s automobile insurance contracts. AMICA denies that it did anything wrong and contends that it paid the full and appropriate amounts for diminished value, where applicable, as part of its regular claim adjusting process.

How do I know if I am part of the Settlement?
You are a member of the Class if the AMICA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY paid to have your insured vehicle repaired under the UMPD provision of an AMICA MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY policy issued in Washington; and
  • 1. The repair estimate on your vehicle (including any supplements) totaled at least $1,000; and
  • 2. Your vehicle was no more than six years old (model year plus five years) and had less than 90,000 miles on it at the time of the accident; and
  • 3. Your vehicle suffered structural (frame) damage and/or deformed sheet metal and/or required body or paint work.
You are not a part of the Class if, at the time of your accident, (a) your vehicle was leased, (b) your vehicle was declared a total loss, or (c) your covered accident was before March 23, 2014.
How much might my payment be?
Each Class Member who submits a valid claim form will receive a payment that will depend on his or her vehicle repair costs. Here’s how it works: each Class Member is entitled to request a payment. For Class Members who qualify for a payment, that payment will be calculated as the Class Member’s repair cost times the portion of the Settlement paid to Class Members (i.e., $484,800.00 minus attorneys’ fees and costs and incentive payments to the Class Representative) divided by the aggregate value of all Class Members’ repair costs, less any past payments for diminished value to the Class Member. If your vehicle was involved in an accident before the claim for which you are requesting a payment, the payment you will receive will be reduced by half. Not everyone who receives this Notice will be eligible for payment. The average payment for qualified Class Members will likely be in the range of $550 per Class Member, depending on how much, if any, payment for diminished value the claimant has already received. You can only receive your share of the Settlement if you submit a Valid Claim Form by March 7, 2022.

What are my options?
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM This is the only way to get a payment. The Claim Form is available on this site. You must submit a Claim Form to receive a payment in connection with this Settlement.
COMMENT (INCLUDING OBJECTIONS) Write to the Court about what you think about the Settlement.
GO TO THE HEARING If you would like, you may ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement. You do not need to do this to receive a payment under the Settlement.
DO NOTHING You will get no payment if you do not submit a Claim Form and you will still be bound by the terms of the Settlement.
ASK TO BE EXCLUDED Get out of this Settlement. Get no benefits from it. Keep your rights.


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