Ninth Circuit Affirms $2.5 Million Punitive Damages Award Against Disability Insurer in Arizona Bad Faith Case

When insurance companies, including those offering disability, life, health or accidental death policies, engage in conduct that is sufficiently egregious, a court may award punitive damages against the insurance company.  Under Arizona law, to support an award of punitive damages in an insurance bad faith case, the plaintiff must prove a willful and knowing failure …

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Life Insurance Policyholders Beware: California’s Statutory Lapse Safeguards Do Not Apply to Policies Issued Prior to January 1, 2013

Life insurance lapse generally refers to coverage ending for insufficient or nonpayment of policy premiums. If premiums are not paid during the grace period to sustain the policy, then the life insurance ends. The lapse of a life insurance policy at the wrong time could have disastrous consequences for persons or families because policyholders could …

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Cassim v. Allstate Insurance: Attorney’s Fees in Contingency-Fee “Bad Faith” Cases

Since 2004, when the California Supreme Court ruled that a “portion” of contingency attorney’s fees are recoverable in bad-faith insurance cases, plaintiffs and their lawyers have been able to recover attorney’s fees based in part on the specific terms of the contingency-fee retainer agreement.  For starters, in order to recover attorney’s fees in these actions, …

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Court Finds Regional Claims Administrator Qualifies as a “Managing Agent” of an Insurance Company, Justifying an Award of Punitive Damages

When insurance companies, including those offering disability, life, health or accidental death policies, engage in conduct that is sufficiently egregious, a court may award punitive damages against the insurance company.  California Civil Code Section 3294 (“Section 3294”) provides that where the defendant is guilty of oppression, fraud or malice, the plaintiff may recover punitive damages …

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Court upholds Commissioner’s Contention: A Single Insurance Code Violation Can Constitute Bad Faith Without Evidence of a General Business Practice

Every insurance policy, including disability, life, health or accidental death policies, contains an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing between the insurance company and the insured. This covenant requires that insurance companies refrain from acting in a way that unreasonably jeopardizes, impairs or interferes with the rights of the insured to receive the …

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Orange County Lawyer Publishes Article in July 2018 edition by Robert J. McKennon Entitled “Insurers’ Intermediaries: The Implications of Actions Taken by Agents, Employers, and Third-Party Administrators”

In July 2018, The Orange County Bar Association published an article written by Robert J. McKennon and Stephanie L. Talavera of the McKennon Law Group PC in the Orange County Lawyer.  The article addresses the liability implications of the relationship between insurers and various types of intermediaries.  As the article explains, depending on the nature …

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Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Small Firm Profile on the McKennon Law Group PC Entitled “Shifting Allegiance: No Longer Insurers’ Advocates, McKennon Law Group Attorneys Stand Up for Policyholders”

In the May 7, 2018 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Daily Journal Staff Writer Melanie Brisbon authored a “small firm profile” article on the McKennon Law Group PC. The article covers the firm’s path to success, starting with its unconventional background: several of the firm’s attorneys left established careers defending insurance companies before …

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Bad Faith Claims Handling: California Department of Insurance Investigates Aetna’s Health Claim Denials

On our blog, we frequently discuss the improper tactics insurers use to deny legitimate claims for life, health, disability and other forms of insurance. For our latest article on the pervasive problem in health insurance claims denials, see https://mslawllp.com/la-times-report-pervasive-problem-of-improper-health-insurance-denials/. Mckennon Law Group PC has had much experience litigating against health insurers who deny legitimate medical …

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Court Rejects Third Party Administrator’s Demurrer to Insurance Bad Faith Claim Based on Plaintiffs’ Theory of Joint Venture Liability

Implied in every insurance contract is a promise of “good faith and fair dealing,” which means that the insurer must not take unreasonable steps to prevent an insured’s right to receive benefits under the policy. To comply with its promise to act in good faith, the insurer must adhere to certain duties, such as the …

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Does ERISA Apply to County and City of Los Angeles Employee Disability Benefit Plans? Why You Should Care

Do you have a long-term disability claim with the County of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles or another Los Angeles government organization? If so, you might be wondering: do the limited remedies available under a federal law called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) apply to your claim? It is crucial …

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