Important Update: On February 8, 2021, the Court entered its Final Order and Judgment Granting Final Approval of Class Settlement. You can access the Court's order here.
What is this lawsuit about?
A settlement has been reached in the cases Joffe, et al. v. GEICO Indemnity Company, et al., Case No. 18-cv-61361 (S.D. Fla.), and Roth v. GEICO General Insurance Company, Case No. 16-cv62942 (S.D. Fla.). The Court consolidated these cases for settlement purposes because both cases allege that GEICO failed to include sales tax and title fees when paying claims to insureds who suffered total losses on their insured leased vehicles. The settlement entitles Class Members who make a claim to payment of (1) statewide sales tax of 6% plus local sales tax (where applicable) based on the adjusted value of the total loss vehicle at the time of loss; (2) title and tag fees of $79.85; and (3) prejudgment interest on the unpaid sales tax and title and tag fee amounts. The Notice explains: 1) the terms of the Settlement; 2) who is a member of the Class; 3) how to submit a claim for payment; 4) how to request exclusion from the Settlement; 5) how to object to the Settlement; 6) how to get more information about the Settlement.
Who is included?
You may be a member of the class action (a “Class Member”) against Government Employees Insurance Company, GEICO General Insurance Company, and GEICO Indemnity Company (together “GEICO” or “GEICO Defendants”) if: (1) you were insured by GEICO Indemnity Co. or Government Employees Ins. Co. under a Florida private passenger automobile insurance policy and submitted a physical damage claim with respect to a covered leased (i.e., not owned) vehicle during the period June 15, 2013 through August 1, 2020 that resulted in a total loss claim payment; or (2) you were insured by GEICO General Ins. Co. under a Florida private passenger automobile insurance policy and submitted a physical damage claim with respect to a covered leased (i.e., not owned) vehicle during the period August 30, 2011 through August 1, 2020 that resulted in a total loss claim payment.