Plaintiffs in an ongoing case against State Farm recently won certification as a class, leaving State Farm facing more than $7.6 billion in damages. Plaintiffs claim that State Farm unfairly influenced the Illinois Supreme Court 2012 decision in its favor. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Plaintiffs’ attorneys alleging that State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. bought off an Illinois Supreme Court justice to evade a $1.05 billion award have cleared a major hurdle in their long-running litigation against the insurer.

In an order Friday, U.S. District Judge David Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois granted a motion certifying a class of roughly 4.7 million auto insurance policyholders who were allegedly deprived of their 1999 trial court victory against State Farm.

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