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A Web site is recruiting U.S. residents who want to participate as plaintiffs in class-action lawsuits against insurers and insurance brokers.[@@]

“If you would like to be contacted by an insurance lawyer, please fill in one of the following forms,” write the creators of the site, which is on the Web at

The site is singling out Marsh, a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., New York, and UnumProvident Corp., Chattanooga, Tenn., as potential targets.

Marsh & McLennan gets top play “for allegedly steering clients to certain insurers in order to receive contingent fees,” according to the site managers.

Second on the list are insurance companies in general. The site says the companies are potential defendants because of allegations that “leading insurance brokerage firms steered unsuspecting clients to insurers with whom they had lucrative payoff agreements, and that the firms solicited rigged bids for insurance contracts.”

The site says “Unumprovident” could be a lawsuit defendant “for allegedly denying long-term disability claims.” UnumProvident reached a settlement Thursday with New York and 3 other states in connection with allegations of problems with processing claims. UnumProvident now is seeking approval of the settlement from other states.

The multistate settlement requires UnumProvident to pay a $15 million fine and reevaluate its handling of hundreds of thousands of claims. The state of California did not join the settlement.

A note on the Web site says the site was created by Online Legal Services Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia.

“This is a free service to the public,” according to an explanation posted on the state. “Online Legal Services Ltd. receives its income from fees charged to law firms using its services. Online Legal Services Ltd. is an independent company and is not owned by a law firm or group of law firms.”


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