August 1, 2001: Agents file class-action lawsuit against Allstate for age discrimination and violation of federal civil rights laws.November 9, 2001: National Association of Professional Allstate Agents sues Allstate for contract violations.

December 20, 2001: Agents file a second lawsuit against Allstate for breach of duties under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

December 27, 2001: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sues Allstate for illegally converting agents to independent contractors and for violating federal age discrimination and civil rights laws.

March 11, 2002: Allstate files counterclaims against agents for committing fraud.

March 30, 2004: Federal judge determines there is no basis for age discrimination claims against Allstate, but clears the way for an agent class-action suit against the carrier for other charges, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and violation of other federal laws such as ERISA.

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