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U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guilford recently appointed Weitz & Luxenberg to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Wells Fargo Auto Insurance MDL (#2797) regarding improper auto insurance assigned to loan customers. Attorneys Curt Marshall and Paul Novak are representing the firm on the committee.

“Wells Fargo scammed hundreds of thousands of customers across the country with unnecessary auto insurance and the bank must be held accountable for its actions,” said Marshall. “We look forward to working with other members of the committee to resolve these cases favorably and help those that were harmed.”

Weitz & Luxenberg filed a class action lawsuit in August 2017 against Wells Fargo and insurance giant National General for forcing auto loan customers to pay for collateral protection insurance that wasn’t required. According to the lawsuit, the insurance companies did not run a check for existing auto insurance policies before signing customers up for a new policy when they applied for a loan. Wells Fargo has admitted that more than 800,000 customers were forced to pay for unnecessary insurance policies, which pushed nearly 250,000 customers into delinquency and led to more than 25,000 cars being repossessed.

In October 2017, the U.S Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated W&L’s case with 13 others in the Central District of California.