National Geographic : 2003 Feb
Swim or exercise against a smooth current adjustable to any speed or ability. Ideal for swimming, water aerobics, rehabilitation and fun. AUTHORS WANTED A well-known New York subsidy book pub lisher is searching for manuscripts. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, juvenile, travel, scientific, specialized and even controversial subjects will be considered. If you have a book-length manuscript ready for publication (or are still working on it), call or write for informative, free 32-page illustrated booklet "TD-7." VANTAGE PRESS, INC. 516 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001 Phone: 1-800-821-3990 www.vantagepress.com IF YOU ARE AN INSURED WHO HAS SUBMITTED MEDICAL BILLS UNDER AN ALLSTATE AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICY, OR A MEDICAL PROVIDER WHO HAS TREATED SUCH AN INSURED, THIS NOTICE MAY AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS A lawsuit is pending in the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois and is entitled Strasen v. Allstate Insurance Company, No. 99 L 1040. This Notice is directed to all members of the Plaintiff Class. CLASS ACTION NOTICE TO: All Persons Who Fit Either of The Following Two Descriptions ("the Plaintiff Class"): (1) Persons who, as drivers or passengers in a vehicle insured by Allstate, were injured in an auto accident, and thereafter submitted a claim to Allstate for payment of medical expenses; Or, (2) Medical providers who treated the injuries of the persons described in (1), and Who Received An Assignment of an Insured's rights regarding claims for payment of medical expenses. This notice may affect your legal rights. You may be a member of the Plaintiff Class who are pursuing money damages based on their assertion that Allstate improperly handled their claims for payment of medical expenses between October 26, 1989 and the present. You should carefully read this Notice to determine if you are a member of the Plaintiff Class in this case. The Class Claims: Plaintiff alleges that Allstate breached its insurance policy contracts: (1) by improperly reducing claims that were submitted under the Medical Payments/ Personal Injury Protection (collectively, "Medpay") portions of Allstate's automobile insurance policies, and (2) by using biased ADP Integrated Medical Solutions computer reports to adjust Medpay claims. Plaintiff seeks damages against Allstate including but not limited to the amount by which Allstate reduced each Medpay claim. Allstate denies the allegations and denies that it has any liability to the Plaintiff Class. Although the Court has determined that the case may proceed as a class action, that ruling does not mean that the Court has made any determination about the merits of Plaintiff's allegations or Allstate's defenses. Class Representation: The Court has appointed Dennis Strasen as Class Representative and his lawyers as Class Counsel. You will not be charged for their services. Instead, if they obtain a recovery for the Class, Counsel will apply to the Court for payment of attorneys' fees and costs. How do I participate in the Class? If you wish to remain a member of the Class, YOU NEED NOT DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME. As a class member, you will be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court, and any claims you may have against Allstate will be resolved by any judgment entered in this case. How do I exclude myself from the Class? You may exclude yourself from the class by mailing a signed letter requesting exclusion to Allstate Medpay Litigation, P.O . Box. 229, Wood River, Illinois 62095. Such request must be postmarked by March 21, 2003. If you exclude yourself from the Class, you cannot participate in any recovery for the Class. You will not be bound by any Court orders or judgments. You also have the right to seek the Court's permission to intervene or appear in the action. This Notice is only a summary of this action. If you would like further information or have questions regarding this case, you may write to the above address or go on-line to www.freed weiss.com/allstate or www.lakinlaw.com/allstate. PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE OR ADDRESS INQUIRIES TO THE COURT. DATED: November 15, 2002. By Order of the Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois.