In an Important Ruling in a McKennon Law Group PC Case, Judge Stephen Wilson Rules That Temporary Life Insurance Policy Was Potentially Created

Many people acquire life insurance in order to guarantee that their loved ones are provided for in the event of their death.  For most people, the policy is acquired, and it just becomes another monthly bill they rarely think about.  However, on occasion, life takes a tragic turn and the insured who just applied for a …

Read moreIn an Important Ruling in a McKennon Law Group PC Case, Judge Stephen Wilson Rules That Temporary Life Insurance Policy Was Potentially Created

The Basics of an ERISA Life, Health and Disability Insurance Claim – Part Twelve: The Standard of Review

In this several-part blog series titled The Basics of an ERISA Life, Health and Disability Insurance Claim, we discuss the basics of an ERISA life, health, accidental death and dismemberment and disability claim, from navigating a claim to handling a claim denial and through preparing a case for litigation.  In Part Twelve of this series, …

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Coronavirus: California Insurance Commissioner Orders Policyholder Safeguards

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has hit California extremely hard.  Since the outbreak, there have been many questions from clients regarding what kind of impact the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will have on the ability of policyholders to maintain and utilize their insurance policies. While the situation continues to change from day to day, on April 3, 2020, …

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A “Three-Year” Limitations Period in a Disability Policy Can Extend California’s Two-Year Statutory Limitations Period for Insurance Bad Faith

Life, health and disability insurers are always looking for ways to deny insurance claims. When they do so unreasonably, insured policyholders may be able to sue them for insurance bad faith under California law. Count on insurers to argue everything they can to defeat a bad-faith claim, including asserting the statute of limitations for bad-faith …

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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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Insurance Company Bias in ERISA Cases: Hartford’s History of Bias and Discovery of an Insurer’s Biased Claims Administration Process

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), a 1974 federal law, sets minimum standards for many employee benefit plans and serves to provide protection for individuals in these plans. Discovery in ERISA cases is often limited because the statute’s primary goal is to provide inexpensive and expeditious resolution to employee benefit claims. District courts are …

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The Latest Frontier for Forum Selection Clauses: ERISA Policies

Letters denying an insured’s claim often end by listing what steps an insured can take to challenge an unfavorable determination.  Assuming all administrative appeals have been exhausted, this generally involves filing a lawsuit. Depending on the language in the underlying insurance policy, the denial letter may state that if an insured wishes to bring suit, …

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When Guarding the Henhouse, Some Foxes Go Rogue: When an Insurer’s Conflict of Interest Factors into Administrating Group Long-Term Disability ERISA Plans

Few Americans can retire on their savings alone.  Many workers participate in an employee benefits plans, which serve to provide financial security in case of disability or retirement.  In the case of insurers that decide who qualifies for life, health and disability insurance benefits, there exists a major concern about the significant conflict of interest …

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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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Opportunistic Rescission: When Do Insurers Waive their Right to Rescind an Insurance Policy?

All too often, we see insurance companies deny insurance claims by attempting to opportunistically rescind insurance policies. This practice has become more prevalent in recent years as insurers look for ways to deny insurance claims. Anyone who has purchased a disability, life or health insurance policy is likely familiar with the significant paperwork involved in …

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