California’s Largest Health Insurers are Fined by California Department of Managed Health Care for Inadequate Claims Practices

  In today’s Los Angeles Times Business Section, Duke Helfand writes about an 18-month investigation by the California Department of Managed Health Care into the payment practices of Aetna Inc., Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Cigna Corp., Health Net Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and United Healthcare/PacifiCare. Here is his article: …

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California Supreme Court Extends CGL Insurer’s Duty to Defend “Suits” To An Administrative Proceeding

In a closely watched case the California Supreme Court recently expanded the scope of a comprehensive general liability insurer’s (CGL) duty to defend “suits” to an adjudicative proceeding before the former United States Department of Interior Board of Contract Appeals (now the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals).  Ameron International Corp. v. Insurance Company of Pennsylvania, …

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Commissioner Poizner Releases Results of His Second Preferred Provider Organization Quality of Care Report Card (And it is Not Good)

Last week, Commissioner Poizner released the results of his second Preferred Provider Organization (“PPO”) quality of care report card. The results are not good news for consumers, and show that California’s PPOs have much work to do in meeting customer needs. According to Poizner: “California PPOs rank in the middle of the pack compared with …

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Court of Appeal Holds that Insurance Companies Are Not Required to Disclose the Lowest Premium They Would Accept But Reaffirms Insurers’ Duty to Disclose Material Facts as to Coverage

Understanding modern day insurance contracts is no easy task, even for experienced attorneys. The wording is dense and the language is often archaic and hard to comprehend.  As a result, consumers often rely on their insurance company to help them navigate the multitude of different policy types, structures, pricing and provisions.  Recently, the California Court …

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Ninth Circuit Issues Strong Decision Emphasizing Insurer’s Obligations Regarding the Duty to Defend Insureds in Slogan Infringement Action

In an important decision favoring policyholders, the Ninth Circuit recently discussed the breadth of an insurer’s duty to defend its insured under California law, even where no potentially covered causes of action are alleged in the underlying complaint. The Ninth Circuit just issued this decision in Hudson Insurance v Colony Insurance, addressing coverage in trademark …

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ERISA Claimant Retains Burden of Proof For Establishing Disability Under a De Novo Standard of Review

The question of who has the burden of proof can often decide the outcome of litigation.  Given its importance, it is common to see litigants attempt to shift that burden to the opposing side in order to secure a tactical advantage.  Recently, in Muniz v. Amec Construction Management Inc., __ F.3d __, 2010 WL 4227877 …

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