For a long time, auto insurance defense attorneys have considered it the cost of doing business in Luzerne County, Pa. -- the difficulty of finding an agreeable neutral arbitrator, the large settlements, the funny feeling that something was off. Rumors are rampant that federal authorities are investigating alleged case fixing. Sources have said that an alleged quid pro quo scheme for some plaintiffs attorneys was established in uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist arbitration cases in Luzerne long ago.
Rumors Abound That Alleged Case-Fixing Is Target of Pa. Probe
The Legal Intelligencer
February 9, 2009