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Serving Privilege Log After Denial of Protective Order

In this insurance case, the trial court denied State Farm’s motion for protective order. On Appeal, State Farm argued that the trial court should have conducted an in-camera review or addressed the objections to the...more

Plaintiff Counsel’s Impact on Limitation Periods

The recent decision in Conrad v. State Farm confirms once again that a Plaintiff cannot successfully argue that they did not understand that an Explanation of Benefits (OCF-9) terminating or denying benefits starts a...more

Insurer’s Defense Obligation Limited To Suits Seeking Damages

Recently, the California Court of Appeal held that, under California law, an insurer is not obligated to defend a lawsuit that does not seek monetary damages....more

Insurance Company that Issues Liability Policy does not need to Defend Insured Party Against a Non-Financial Claim

In San Miguel Community Association v. State Farm General Insurance Company (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 798), a third party's failure to seek compensatory damages against an insured rendered their dispute exempt from the insured’s...more

Ohio Supreme Court Adopts Comcast and Wal-Mart Standards For Class Certification; Reverses Class Certification Due To...

Last week, the Ohio Supreme Court denied class certification in Cullen v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, Slip Opinion No. 2013-Ohio-4733 (Nov. 5 , 2013). In a 5-2 decision, the Court overruled the trial and...more

California: Right to Independent Counsel Evaporates After Insurer Withdraws Reservation of Rights

A California appellate court recently held that insurers are not obligated to provide an insured with independent counsel after the insurer withdraws the reservation of rights which generated the right to independent counsel....more

McDonald’s Trade Dress? State Farm is There.

Passing by a roadside billboard recently (below is a miniature version I found in the Minneapolis skyway system), my first thought was, wow, McDonald’s is getting into the juicy lucy business...more

Bad Faith Insurance Alert: Louisiana Courts Weigh In On Bad Faith Claims Involving Suspicious Thefts

Insureds do not present fraudulent claims and then simply admit to it during the claim adjustment. Thus, insurers often find themselves in the uncomfortable dilemma of denying payment on a suspicious claim and risking bad...more

Trial Court Abuses Its Discretion by Forcing Insurer to Bear the Cost of Giving Notice to Putative Class Members

In In re Insurance Installment Fee Cases, 2012 DJDAR 16696 (2012), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an important class action cost recovery issue. The case arose in the insurance...more

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