Gary Bresee

Gary Bresee

Barger & Wolen

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Can Your Fee Dispute Rise to the Level of Unfair Competition? Maybe; but Not This Time.

A fee dispute between Travelers, its contractor/insured and the insured's counsel, is not your run of the mill fee dispute. Travelers alleges the existence of an illicit rate agreement between the contractor and its lawyers...more

9/16/2013 - Construction Defects Contractors Fees Insureds Insurers Unfair Competition

Are Courts Becoming More Willing to Carefully Scrutinize Claims for Fees?

In Ellis v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., C.A. 2nd/1, DAR p. 10497, plaintiffs counsel, after settling a class action, initially requested over $24 million in attorneys' fees. However, the court not only denied...more

8/9/2013 - Attorney's Fees Class Action Fees Settlement

When Does an Insurer Forfeit Its Right to Claim Fees Were Unreasonable or Unnecessary?

J.R. Marketing LLC v. The Hartford Cas. Ins. Co., A133750 (May 17, 2013)(unpublished), was just recently decided by the California Court of Appeal, First District here in San Francisco. This is a fascinating case from an...more

6/6/2013 - Attorney's Fees Duty to Defend Insurers Reimbursements

Cigna Agrees to Re-evaluate and to Compensate Disability Insureds in the Amount of $77 million

In a wide ranging re-evaluation of disability claims covering its insureds in California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, Cigna Corporation may pay up to $77 million in past disability income insurance...more

5/24/2013 - CIGNA Disability Disability Insurance Remediation

District Courts "Must Show Their Work" and Provide Detailed Figures when Deciding Fee Awards

In Padgett v. Loventhal, U.S.C.A. 9th, DAR p. 1933 (Feb. 11, 2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided District Courts must explain how they reduce requests for fees and costs from partially victorious plaintiffs. ...more

2/13/2013 - Attorney's Fees Damages Fee Awards Lodestar Method Punitive Damages

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