Judge: Underlying Claims Are Not Based On Providing Legal Services; No Coverage

OAKLAND, Calif. - Underlying complaints against an attorney insured do not create the potential for coverage under a lawyers' professional liability insurance policy because they are not based on providing legal services, a California federal judge ruled April 3, granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment in a coverage dispute arising from allegations that the insured misrepresented the amount of attorney fees and costs that he was permitted to charge (Colony Insurance Co. v. Douglas Fladseth, et al., No. C 12-1157 CW, N.D. Calif.; 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 48552).