Craig Bennion

Craig Bennion

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Washington Supreme Court Addresses the Meaning of “Collapse”

Washington State has long been a jurisdiction with no judicial pronouncement as to the meaning of the term “collapse” in a property insurance policy. This changed on June 18, 2015, when the Washington Supreme Court issued its...more

6/24/2015 - Homeowners' Association Insurance Industry Property Insurance State Farm

The Washington Supreme Court Holds That in First-Party Bad Faith Litigation There Is a Presumption of No Attorney-Client Privilege

When an insured sues an insurer for bad faith, how much of the claims file maintained by the insurer is discoverable? In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court recently weakened insurers’ ability to protect confidential...more

3/15/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Bad Faith Civil Fraud Exception Discovery Fiduciary Duty Homeowner's Insurance In Camera Review Rebuttable Presumptions

Washington Supreme Court Issues an Unprecedented Decision Regarding a First-Party Insured’s Compliance with a Policy’s EUO...

The examination under oath has long served as a valuable tool to prevent fraud and exaggeration in property insurance claims, while also keeping the cost of insurance as low as possible. The Washington Supreme Court, however,...more

2/11/2013 - Appeals Examinations Under Oath First-Party Coverage Insureds Prejudice Reversal Summary Judgment

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