Successfully mediated cases involving bad faith claims arising out of first and third party coverage disputes including duty to defend, duty to indemnify, duty to provide Cumis counsel, amounts recoverable by Cumis counsel, and handling and adjustment of first party claims for covered losses.
Acted as single neutral arbitrator in a number of cases involving defense, indemnity or apportionment issues between or among insurers in multi-defendant personal injury, and continuous trigger property damage cases.
After litigating a contract case to final decision through the California Superior Court, California Court of Appeal, and California Supreme Court, and a bad faith case to final decision through the U.S. District Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, collected 8-figure excess judgment in insurance coverage/bad faith case arising out of coverage denial for train/truck collision due to alleged policy expiration.
Handled multiple insurance coverage cases involving impact of PUC endorsements and filing of Certificates of Insurance by insurers with the PUC. Cases included conflict between coverage limitations allowed by Insurance Code and terms of PUC endorsement; vehicles covered under PUC endorsement; and impact on coverage of failure of insurer to cancel Certificate of Insurance filed with the PUC.
Handled declaratory action relief in which veterinarians, after being found liable for antitrust damages, and without providing prior notice to insurer, sought coverage for the judgment under their broad professional liability policy. Issues included application of the notice/prejudice rule and willful act exclusion.
Handled insurance coverage/bad faith claim brought by widow of decedent who purchased large life insurance policy and was found shot to death shortly thereafter. Insurer denied coverage based on suicide provision in life policy. Widow alleged decedent had been murdered.
Handled multiple declaratory relief or insurance coverage/bad faith lawsuits arising out of first or third party coverage denials or value disputes. Cases included issues of duty to defend or indemnify under automobile, general liability, and professional liability policies; applicability of coverage exclusions or limitations in first party policies; and disputes over first or third party claims handling.