The February 10, 2014 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal featured Robert McKennon’s article entitled: “Policyholder Wins Handed Down in Insurance Decisions.” In it, Mr. McKennon discusses six insurance decisions handed down in California and federal courts in 2013 that were favorable to policyholders.
The article includes a discussion of Zhang v. California Insurance Co., 57 Cal. 4th 364 (2013), which empowered policyholders to pursue Unfair Competition Law claims against insurers, as well as Rochow v. Life Insurance Company of North America, 737 F.3d 415 (6th Cir. 2013), in which the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a large disgorgement of profits award in long-term disability case governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Also discussed are Barnes v. Western Heritage Insurance Co., 217 Cal. App. 4th 249 (2013), Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., 219 Cal. App. 4th 188 (2013), Aguilar v. Gostischef, 220 Cal. App. 4th 475 (2013) and American Safety Indemnity Co. v. Admiral Insurance Co., 220 Cal. App. 4th 1 (2013). The article is posted here with the permission of the Daily Journal.