Joanna McCallum

Joanna McCallum

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

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Ninth Circuit Holds That Provider Cannot Sue Nonsignatory Insurer for Breach of Contract

On October 10, 2014, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of Manatt client The MEGA Life and Health Insurance Company. In an unpublished memorandum opinion, the Ninth Circuit held that a health care...more

10/21/2014 - Breach of Contract Health Insurance Healthcare Insurance Industry

Ninth Circuit Upholds Rescission of Life Insurance Policy and Rejects Novel Theories

This week the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of USAA Life Insurance Company, holding that the insurer was entitled to rescind the policy under California law when it discovered that its insured...more

11/8/2013 - Insurance Industry Life Insurance Medical Records Misrepresentation Premiums Rescission

California Court Reins in Massive Punitive Award But Finds Fault With Insurer’s Claims Handling

The California Court of Appeal, in a 2-to-1 decision, has reaffirmed the constitutional limitations on the amount of punitive damages a jury may award against an insurer. In Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company,...more

9/4/2013 - Bad Faith Compensatory Damages Insurance Industry Punitive Damages

Appellate Law -- Aug 06, 2013

In an opinion issued late last week, the California Supreme Court interpreted the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq. (the “UCL”), to allow a UCL unlawfulness claim based on a “borrowed” federal...more

8/7/2013 - Savings Clause Supremacy Clause Truth in Savings Act Unfair Competition

CA Supreme Court Allows UCL Claim Based on Conduct That Allegedly Constitutes Unfair Insurance Practices

The California Supreme Court yesterday issued a decision that confirms an expansive view of the scope of the unfair competition law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 et seq. (the “UCL”). The Court held that an insured may sue...more

8/5/2013 - Insurance Industry Third-Party Unfair Insurance Practices Act

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