William Knowles

William Knowles

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Court Escalates a $4 million Covenant Judgment to a $20 million Bad Faith Judgment

Last week, the Washington Court of Appeals held that “in an insurance bad faith case, the amount of a reasonable covenant judgment sets a floor, not a ceiling, on the damages the jury may award.” Miller v. Safeco Ins. Co.,...more

5/7/2014 - Appeals Auto Insurance Bad Faith Car Accident Covenant Judgments Damages Jury Verdicts Settlement

Washington Bars Insurers from Maintaining Legal Malpractice Suit Against Policyholder Defense Counsel

In Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Savings Bank, et al., Wash. No. 87087-0 (October 3, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court held that a nonclient insurer may not pursue a malpractice claim against appointed defense counsel...more

11/14/2013 - Attorney Malpractice Duty of Care Duty to Disclose Insurers Third-Party Liability

Washington’s Counties Face Potential Liability for Citizen’s Drunken, Reckless Driving

In a case widely reported by the national media, the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that a governmental entity may face liability for faulty road design that leads to injuries in car crashes, even when the...more

8/19/2013 - Car Accident Distracted Driving DUI Infrastructure Liability Roads

Washington Supreme Court: Insurers May Not Reserve the Right to Seek Reimbursement of Non-covered Defense Costs

The Washington Supreme Court joined a minority of jurisdictions that hold that insurers may not unilaterally reserve the right to seek reimbursement for defense costs paid in defending non-covered claims through a reservation...more

3/18/2013 - Excess Policies Insurers Legal Costs Medicare Prejudice Prescription Drugs Reimbursements Reservation of Rights Umbrella Policies

Washington Court: Firearms Exclusion Excludes Coverage for Pre-Shooting Negligence and Shooting Claims

In Capitol Specialty Insurance v. JBC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., et al., No. 68129-0-I, 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 2835 (Ct. App. Dec. 10, 2012), the Washington Court of Appeals held a firearms exclusion in a commercial general...more

12/19/2012 - Commercial General Liability Policies Exclusions Firearms Negligence

Collectibility in Legal Malpractice Suits – A Required Element in Proving Damages: Schmidt v. Coogan

In Schmidt v. Coogan, No. 41279-9-II, 2012 WL 5331567 (October 30, 2012), the Washington Court of Appeals held that (1) collectibility is a required component in determining legal malpractice damages and (2) the failure to...more

11/13/2012 - Attorney Malpractice Damages

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