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Jammal v. American Family Insurance

Wexler Wallace LLP is currently taking discovery in a class action lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on behalf of current and former insurance agents hired by American Family Insurance to sell the company’s insurance products.  The case—filed by Wexler Wallace in conjunction with its co-counsel, Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger, the Law Office of Greg Coleman, and Landskroner Grieco Merriman—seeks certification of a nationwide class of current and former American Family insurance agents who were denied benefits under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

The Complaint alleges that American Family improperly classifies its agents as independent contractors when they are actually employees, reserving the right to exercise complete control over every important aspect of the agent-employees’ businesses.  Examples of American Family’s control include, but are not limited to, maintaining ownership over their books of business, requiring them to sell only American Family insurance (excluding even products which American Family does not offer), requiring them to follow American Family’s policies and procedures, and controlling the day-to-day operations of every aspect of the agent-employee’s business, like business hours, computer and telephone systems and who the agent-employee can hire and fire.

If you are a current or former agent of American Family who would like more information about this case, you may contact us by completing the online form or by calling 312-346-2222.