Have “Quack” Medical Reviewers Caused Denial of Your Long-Term Disability Claim? California Court of Appeal Berates Insurance Company for Controlling Medical Peer Reviews

Posted in: Bad Faith, Case Updates, Disability Insurance News, Expert Testimony, Health Insurance, Insurance Litigation Blog, Punitive Damages December 13, 2016

During their Presidential election campaigns, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spotlighted for America flaws in our criminal justice system.  They raised questions about whether the criminal probe into Ms. Clinton’s private email server was handled honestly or politically.  Conservatives bitterly …

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Recent Juror Attitudes Should Frighten Insurance Companies

Posted in: Bad Faith, Disability Insurance, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Punitive Damages June 23, 2015

Recent verdicts from across the nation in disability, life and health insurance policy cases must be alarming for big corporate insurance companies.  The trend is for jurors to award individual plaintiffs astronomical punitive damage verdicts, showing their general disdain for …

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California Court of Appeal Finds That a 10:1 Ratio Between Punitive Damages and Compensatory Damages Awards Satisfies Due Process

Posted in: Breach of Contract, Case Updates, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Punitive Damages September 06, 2013

A 10-to-1 ratio of punitive damages to compensatory damages awards in an insurance bad faith case passes Constitutional muster.  So says the California Court of Appeal in its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Company, __ Cal. App. …

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Insurers Cannot Escape Bad Faith Liability By Relying On In-House Experts And The "Genuine Dispute Doctrine"

Posted in: Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Punitive Damages August 23, 2011

Insurers often wrongfully deny policy benefits to their insureds in situations where there may be some uncertainty as to coverage.  Despite an overarching duty to act reasonably and find in favor of coverage in such situations, insurers often will deny …

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What are the Available Remedies Against an Insurance Company That Has Acted in Bad Faith?

Posted in: Attorneys' Fees, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts, Punitive Damages June 06, 2011

This article will be the second in a series of articles by McKennon Law Group PC addressing and answering basic questions concerning insurance law.  This one addresses: What are the available remedies against an insurance company that has acted unreasonably …

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Dental Hygienist Wins Large Jury Verdict in Disability Insurance Lawsuit

Posted in: Case Updates, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, News, Punitive Damages February 10, 2011

In 1996, Plaintiff Laura Kieffer developed carpal tunnel syndrome and severe cervical pain which forced her to stop working as a dental hygienist. Thereafter, Kieffer started receiving disability payments under an individual disability insurance policy she purchased from Paul Revere …

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Court Upholds $500 Million Award Against U.S. Life Insurance Co.

Posted in: Case Updates, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Litigation Blog, News, Punitive Damages January 19, 2010

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an arbitration award requiring U.S. Life Insurance Co. to pay reinsurance of more than $500 million to Superior National Insurance Companies, workers’ compensation insurer in liquidation, the California Department of Insurance

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