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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Policyholder Wins Handed Down in Insurance Decisions. Daily Journal Publishes McKennon Law Group PC Article.

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 …

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Supreme Court Reaches Favorable Decision for Insureds in Zhang v. Superior Court of San Bernardino; Daily Journal Publishes McKennon Law Group PC Article on Zhang

The Wednesday August 7, 2013 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal featured Robert McKennon’s article entitled:  “Clear win for insureds, though scope uncertain.”  In it, Mr. McKennon discusses how a highly anticipated decision by the California Supreme Court in Zhang v. Superior Court of San Bernardino (California Capital Insurance), 2012 DJDAR 10174, expands the …

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The Importance of Zhang v. California Capital Insurance Co

After much anticipation, last week the Supreme Court of California heard oral arguments in the pivotal case of Yanting Zhang v. California Insurance Co., S178542 on May 8, 2013.  This case looks to have a substantial impact on insurance litigation in California and could open up another significant avenue for insureds to pursue claims against …

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Insurance Companies Must Show “Substantial Prejudice” to Deny Claims for a Failure to Comply With the Proof of Loss Requirement

Following the August 2009 Station Fire, the lawsuits of over 1,440 policyholders filed against Fire Insurance Exchange (“FIE”) and related insurers were consolidated into one case – Henderson v. Farmers Group, Inc., __ Cal.App.4th __, 2012 Cal. App. LEXIS 1108 (October 24, 2012).  In this case, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, issued …

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Cause of Action Asserted Against Blue Cross for Violation of Montana’s Unfair Trade Practices Act is Not Preempted by ERISA

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ERISA does not preempt causes of action based on unfair insurance practice claims brought under Montana’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.  However, the Court did find that Montana’s so-called “little HIPAA” was preempted by federal HIPAA, which is part of ERISA. In Fossen v. …

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Tumult in California UCL Class Action Cases: Will the Supreme Court Step in?

Late last year the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal issued its decision in Zhang v. Superior Court, 178 Cal. App. 4th 1081 (2009).  In that case, the court identified the issue presented “as whether fraudulent conduct by an insurer, which is connected with conduct that would violate Insurance Code § 790.03 …

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Unfair Insurance Practices Act Can Give Rise To Private Cause Of Action Under UCL

The California Court of Appeal recently addressed the question of whether a violation of the Unfair Insurance Practices Act can give rise to a civil cause of action under the Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”).  The court answered the question in the affirmative.  In Zhang v. Superior Court, 178 Cal. App. 4th 1081 (2009), Plaintiff Zhang …

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California Supreme Court Holds that Only the Class Representative Needs to Meet the Standing Requirements of Proposition 64 to Pursue a Representative Action

Following the passage of Proposition 64 on November 2, 2004, in order to bring a representative claim under the unfair competition law (“UCL”), a plaintiff must meet the following standing requirements: (1) establish that he or she “has suffered injury in fact and has lost money or property as a result of such unfair competition” …

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California Supreme Court Restricts the Use of Business & Professions Code Section 17200

In a pair of cases, the California Supreme Court restricted the use of California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 et seq.   One case affirmed what many expected, that Proposition 64, a 2004 voter initiative, requires plaintiffs to follow strict class-action procedures when seeking to recover under California’s unfair competition law (Bus. & Prof. …

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