A sitting Illinois Supreme Court justice could soon face questions under oath about allegations that he voted to overturn a $1 billion verdict against a powerful corporation that secretly spent millions of dollars to help him get elected. Republican Judge Lloyd A. Karmeier, voted to overturn a $1 billion verdict against State Farm Insurance in a class action lawsuit brought by thousands of policyholders who alleged State Farm authorized the use of inferior repair parts. A lawsuit now being tried in an Illinois courtroom alleges that insurance giant State Farm essentially funded and operated a multimillion-dollar campaign in 2004 to elect Karmeier. he plaintiffs contend that State Farm violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, by using the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Republican Party, and other entities as conduits to conceal its role in funding and operating the justice’s campaign. State Farm earlier this year unsuccessfully sought to dismiss the lawsuit.
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