Public Storage Insurance Lawsuit
Public Storage Lawsuit – Basic Information
Audet & Partners, LLP has initiated a class action lawsuit on behalf of customers of Public Storage in 2015. Public Storage customers that purchased self-storage insurance in California between 2010-2016 may have been charged illegally excessive premiums for self-storage insurance. Information suggests that Public Storage fraudulently failed to disclose to customers that a significant portion of the premiums collected for this insurance were being wrongfully diverted directly to Public Storage. This practice likely runs afoul of consumer laws and regulations in many states that require transparency of companies engaging in the sale of similar insurance coverage.
Despite having knowledge that self-storage insurance is generally unnecessary for renters with other types of insurance (e.g., homeowners, renters, or business insurance), Public Storage customarily advised renters that self-storage insurance is required. Additional information exists suggesting that Public Storage actively encouraged employees to promote its insurance as a solution provided by a third-party insurer when, in reality, the program operated as a hidden profit center for Public Storage.
The practice suggested above appears to have grossed the company more than $80 million in 2013.
If you used Public Storage and were sold self-storage insurance in California between 2010-2016, you are urged to contact Audet & Partners, LLP for a free, confidential case evaluation. Please complete and submit the inquiry form on the right side of this page, or give us a call at (800) 865-1461.
Public Storage Trial Update – January 2019
On Monday, January 28, 2019, the Public Storage class action trial began in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. Public Storage is being represented by William M. Audet, Steven R. Weinmann, and Ling Y. Kuang of Audet & Partners. Plaintiffs in the Public Storage lawsuit are seeking reimbursement in an approximate amount of $100 million for insurance that they claim was fraudulently and/or illegally sold to them by Public Storage. You can click here to view a report of the commencement of the trial by Law360.com, a major publication tracking significant legal developments throughout the United States.