Parry et al. v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, et al.
Case No. BC683856
Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles

The Court signed the orders granting final approval for the settlement on November 18, 2022. There were no objections to the settlement. The contract changes take effect immediately.

If you are or were a Farmers® Agent in California on or after November 16, 2013, You May Be Eligible for a Payment from a Class Action Settlement.

The Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles authorized this notice. It is not junk mail, spam, an advertisement, or a solicitation from a lawyer.

You are not being sued. Please read the entire Notice carefully because it explains your rights.

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit known as Parry et al. v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, et al., Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles, Case No. BC683856. Plaintiffs claim that under California law they and other Farmers® agents are or were employees of Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange, Truck Insurance Exchange, and Farmers Group, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”), and that California law requires Defendants to reimburse them and other Farmers® agents for certain necessary business expenses they paid. Defendants deny these claims.

The Court has not decided whether Defendants violated any law. Defendants deny all liability. Instead, Plaintiffs and Defendants have agreed to a Settlement to avoid the risks and costs of further litigation.

Defendants have agreed to pay a maximum of $75 million under the Settlement. The Settlement may entitle you to one or two payments and additional benefits if the Court grants final approval of the Settlement. The Court has not yet decided whether to grant final approval.

Defendants’ records indicate that you may be a Settlement Class Member entitled to payments and other benefits from the Settlement. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or do not act. Read the Notice carefully.

EXCLUDE YOURSELF EXCLUSION DEADLINE IS May 30, 2022 Remove yourself from the Class by “opting out.” You will receive no payments or other benefits from the Settlement. You will keep your right to sue the Defendants about the legal claims in this case. See Sections 11-13 of the Notice.
OBJECT WRITTEN OBJECTIONS DEADLINE IS October 11, 2022 Send a written statement to Settlement Administrator stating why you do not like any aspect of the Settlement. Alternatively, you or your attorney may object verbally at the Final Approval Hearing to be conducted by the Court. See Sections 16-17 of the Notice.
DO NOTHING AND RECEIVE A DIRECT PAYMENT If you do nothing, a payment will be sent to you for the amount you are eligible to receive as a “Direct Payment.” You will also receive the benefits of certain systemic and contract changes. You will give up your rights to sue the Defendants about the legal claims in this case. See Sections 7 and 10 of the Notice.
SUBMIT A CLAIM FOR AN ADDITIONAL CLAIMS PAYMENT OF UP TO $10,000 CLAIM DEADLINE IS July 7, 2022 The deadline to submit a claim has passed.

Your rights and options under the Settlement – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the Notice.

  • The Court must approve the Settlement. If it does, and after any appeals are resolved, payments will be distributed to those who qualify.
  • The Settlement does not change the Farmers® agents’ classification as independent contractors.
  • Plaintiffs’ Counsel will host webinars on April 6, April 26, May 10, and May 24, 2022, all at 1 p.m. Pacific Time , to answer questions about the Settlement and explain how you can receive a Direct Payment and submit a Claim for an additional Claims Payment. Please click on the date to register and receive a link to the webinar.
  • To file a claim on this website, you must provide your Notice Id from the notice that was mailed or emailed to you. It can be found in the following location:
    • EMAIL NOTICE: Your Notice ID number can be found at the top of your email notice, under your name.
    • MAIL NOTICE: Your Notice ID is above your name and address on the cover page and also on the claim form under “1. Verify or update your contact information:”
    • OTHER: If you have not received your Mail Notice, Email Notice, or can not find your Notice ID, please call the Settlement Administrator at 877‑311‑3721.
Defendants will not retaliate against you for any actions you take with respect to the proposed Settlement.

Settlement Class Member Confidentiality: Identifying information of a Settlement Class Member contained on a submitted Claim Form (required to receive a Claims Payment) will not be shared with anyone from the Farmers Defendants except for their legal department/legal counsel (internal and external) and designated employees in Farmers’ accounting and marketing department needed for the processing of Claim Forms. These employees will sign agreements promising to maintain the information in strict confidence and not to disclose the information to others working for Defendants, including Defendants’ District Managers, Area Sales Managers or any members of Territory Leadership or Executive Leadership. Should Farmers need to involve others beyond Designated Personnel in the Claims Form Review Process, Farmers may seek approval from the Court, but Farmers agrees that such individuals would not include District Managers, Area Sales Managers or any members of Territory Leadership or Executive Leadership.