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Legal ‘HMO’ Fights Off Suits


— September 4, 2004

One of the largest legal services benefits companies in the U.S. will soon learn what it’s like to be a defendant facing a jury.

In October, the first of dozens of suits filed in at least three states against Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPLS) will go to trial in Mississippi.

Plaintiffs allege that PPLS-which claims on its Web site to offer “Legal Service Plans to provide access to justice for middle-income individuals and families”-made promises it didn’t and couldn’t possibly keep.

The suits allege that a trained sales force used fraudulent sales practices to promise broad coverage for about $20 a month-entitling members to “equal justice under the law”-but instead what they got were contracts full of exclusions. Mealy v. Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., No. 02-0082, Wilkinson Co., Miss., Cir. Ct.

Details here from the National Law Journal.


One of the largest legal services benefits companies in the U.S. will soon learn what it’s like to be a defendant facing a jury.

In October, the first of dozens of suits filed in at least three states against Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPLS) will go to trial in Mississippi.

Plaintiffs allege that PPLS-which claims on its Web site to offer “Legal Service Plans to provide access to justice for middle-income individuals and families”-made promises it didn’t and couldn’t possibly keep.

The suits allege that a trained sales force used fraudulent sales practices to promise broad coverage for about $20 a month-entitling members to “equal justice under the law”-but instead what they got were contracts full of exclusions. Mealy v. Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc., No. 02-0082, Wilkinson Co., Miss., Cir. Ct.

Details here from the National Law Journal.

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