Top CA Case of the Week: Village Northridge Homeowners Association v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

Peter Sindhuphak, Associate, Barger & Wolen, LLP In Village Northridge Homeowners Association v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company (decided August 30, 2010) (free unenhanced download), the California Supreme Court rejected an insured’s attempt to sue State Farm for fraud in inducing...

“Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute.” Attempted Fraud Fails

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant Insurers Must Never Pay a Fraud When I was a young adjuster the motto of the insurance industry was "Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute." Fraud was known but not a large problem. Police officers, when advised of fraud, would investigate...

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...

Utmost Good Faith – New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 76

By Barry Leigh Weissman, Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, and Bella Shirin, Associate, SNR Denton US LLP Chapter 76 discusses the role of utmost good faith in reinsurance transactions and dispute resolution. Section 76.01 explains how the English doctrine of uberrimae fidei , first discussed...

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...