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Pastor v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 06-2384

In a class action involving tens of thousands of small claims against an insurance company, denial of class certification is affirmed where the necessity of a separate evidentiary hearing for each class member's claim would remove the benefits of class-action treatment since the aggregate expense of the trial would outweigh the value of the small claims.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 11/30/2006
  • Decided 05/23/2007
  • Published 05/23/2007


  • POSNER, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, KANNE, and EVANS, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Vincent J. Moccio (argued), Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, Minneapolis, MN, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Michael A. Pope (argued), McDermott, Will & Emery, Chicago, IL, for Defendant-Appellee.