Los Angeles’ 2nd District Court of Appeal completely rejected claims by State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Co. and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. that a private attorney general suit by Ronald Gallimore violated their First Amendment right to communicate confidentially with state regulators.

“State Farm’s argument clearly confuses the acts of alleged misconduct with the evidence needed to prove them,” Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote in Gallimore v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Insurance Co., B147937.