Today, we’re continuing our seven-part post analyzing the individual Justices’ voting records in civil cases involving insurer parties.
Justice Karmeier joined the Court in 2005. Since that time, he has supported the insurer’s position in 18 civil cases, while opposing the insurer in 14 cases. From 2005 to 2008, he voted for insurers in 11 cases while voting against five times. However, since that time, as insurer cases have become a less frequent part of the Court’s docket, Justice Karmeier has voted with insurers seven times and against them in nine cases.
Next, we split the insurer cases into two groups by the winner at the Appellate Court. Between 2005 and 2008, Justice Karmeier voted to affirm seven decisions won by the insurer below while voting to reverse only twice. Since that time, the Court has considered only four cases won by the insurer parties below, and Justice Karmeier has voted to reverse in all four.
Between 2005 and 2008, Justice Karmeier voted to reverse decisions lost by an insurer party at the Appellate Court four times, while voting to affirm an insurer loss three times. Since 2009, he has voted to reverse seven decisions lost by the insurer below while voting to affirm five times.
Join us back here tomorrow when we will consider the voting record in insurance law cases of Chief Justice Burke.