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Judge rules State Farm Auto Insurance lawsuit will be heard in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Wednesday the lawsuit he filed against State Farm Auto Insurance will be heard in Louisiana.

A federal judge made the ruling after State Farm tried to have the case moved out of state.

The suit alleges State Farm violated Louisiana’s Unfair Trade Practices Act and Monopolies Law by using scare tactics to steer customers to the insurance company's preferred repair shops and forcing shops to perform cheap, unsafe repairs.

Caldwell said the suit aims to change the culture of unsafe business practices led by State Farm, which currently holds the largest share of auto insurance policies in the state.

The lawsuit was filed in the 19th Judicial District Court a year ago. Since then, the auto insurance company had the case removed to federal court and then transferred to Florida.  

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