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Bullivant Secures Jury Verdict, Court Awards Judgment under Counterclaim for First-Party Insurance Fraud

By John A. Bennett, Stuart D. Jones, Matthew E. Hedberg, Andrew E. Passmore, Attorneys, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC Following a two-month trial, Safeco Insurance Company of Oregon was awarded $9.977 million on its counterclaim for insurance fraud against a former insured, Sohail Masood. An August...

California Court of Appeal Holds Adjusters May Be Sued For Negligent Misrepresentations Made Within the Course and Scope of Their Employment

By William D. Burger, Jr. and Negar Azarfar The California Court of Appeal held in Bock v. Hansen , 225 Cal. App. 4th 215 (2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], that an insurance adjuster may be held liable to an insured under a negligent misrepresentation theory. If followed...