Beth Yoffie

Beth Yoffie

Sedgwick LLP

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Insured Not Justified in Ignoring Claims-Made-and-Reporting Requirements

An insured’s attempt to circumvent the claims-made-and-reporting requirements of its professional liabilty policy, by arguing that the doctrine of promissory estoppel applied, was thwarted when a court ordered summary...more

8/11/2014 - Estoppel Insureds Insurers Professional Liability Promissory Estoppel Reporting Requirements

Homeowners Beware: Fraud in Claims Process Can Lead to Judicial Sanctions in Bad Faith Action

A federal court for the Southern District of Texas has sanctioned a pro se litigant for making fraudulent misrepresentations to his homeowner’s insurer following a fire, and for bringing a bad faith action against the...more

3/14/2014 - Bad Faith Claims Procedures Fraud

Allegations in Third-Party Complaint May Trigger Duty to Defend

Although a personal injury complaint filed by a subcontractor’s employee alleged direct negligence only against the additional insured contractor, the vicarious liability coverage afforded the additional insured was...more

11/8/2013 - Construction Disputes Contractors Duty to Defend Subcontractors Third-Party

Injured Party Free to Pursue Medical Payments under Tortfeasor’s Policy After Settlement of Liability Claim

In a case of first impression, Barnes v. Western Heritage Ins. Co., ___ Cal.App.4th ___, 2013 Cal.App.LEXIS 480 (June 20, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, held the collateral source rules allow...more

7/9/2013 - Bodily Injury Health Insurance Liability Medical Expenses Settlement

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