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Tag Archives: Non-ERISA

Top 8 Tips for When You Take Your Insurer to Court

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Breach of Contract, Insurance Bad Faith, Life Insurance, Non-ERISA November 29, 2017

If you have a claim that has been wrongfully denied or are currently in the claims handling process, it is important to always keep in mind the potential impact of your conduct on future litigation. When dealing with a sophisticated insurance company, you want to put your best claim forward and be prepared for the potential need to file a lawsuit. In this article, we discuss our top eight tips for when you take your insurer to court, from the importance of hiring an attorney with relevant experience to preparing for the long haul that is litigation against an insurance company.

1. Hire an attorney with experience in insurance litigation who actually goes to trial.
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Does an Insurance Company Need to Deny a Claim to be Liable for Bad Faith Damages? You May Be Surprised to Learn the Answer is "No."

Posted in: Bad Faith, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, Premiums, Transamerica, Universal Life Insurance August 09, 2017

Every insurance contract is accompanied by an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, meaning that the insurer cannot “unfairly frustrate” or unreasonably “deprive” the insured of the benefits of the insurance contract. This implied covenant applies to all types of insurance policies, including disability insurance, life insurance, health/medical insurance, long-term care insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and homeowners insurance. If the insurer unreasonably or without proper cause refuses to pay a benefit due under in insurance policy, the insurer may have acted in “bad faith.” This may allow an insured to collect extra-contractual damages, such as emotional distress damages, attorney’s fees and punitive damages. Typically, bad faith allegations follow a decision by the insurance company to deny …

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Robert McKennon Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal Article on Important Insurance Coverage Issue

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, News, News Blog July 25, 2017

On July 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Daily Journal quoted Robert McKennon of McKennon Law Group PC in an article entitled “Insurance Claim Denial Because Airbnb Rental May Have Wider Implications,” by Andy Serbe.  The article discusses a recently filed complaint, and its broader applications regarding insurance coverage exclusions involving rentals and the impact on the potential for insureds to lose important coverage rights when they engage in once only or sporadic rentals of all or parts of their home.  In the article, Mr. McKennon explains that the insurer failed to define the terms in the exclusion, specifically the phrase “other structures reserved for rental.”  Accordingly, those terms were ambiguous as applied to the facts of the case (the complaint …

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Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Co. California Court Rules in Favor of Insured

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance July 07, 2017

Underlying every insurance contract in California is an implied promise of “good faith and fair dealing,” which requires that the insurer act in good faith when handling the insured’s claim.  If the insurer has a “genuine dispute” as to coverage, then the insurer will typically be found not to have acted in bad faith.  In a recent opinion, the California State Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling granting summary judgment in favor of the insurer on the genuine dispute doctrine.  Ultimately, the Court found that the insured raised an issue of material fact regarding whether the insurer reasonably relied on an expert opinion to repeatedly undervalue her claim.  In this article, we cover some of the basics of …

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Top 5 Ways Insurers Commit Insurance Bad Faith in Denying Accidental Death or Dismemberment Claims

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance June 28, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today.

If you have an individually purchased insurance policy that provides coverage for accidental death or dismemberment, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) does not govern your claim.  Instead, state law applies to your dispute, including a body of law …

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Top 5 Ways Insurers Commit Insurance Bad Faith in Denying Life Insurance Claims

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance June 20, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today.

If you purchased an individual life insurance policy, as opposed to an employer-sponsored policy, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) will not apply to your claim.  Instead, separate principles of contract law govern your claim, including “insurance bad faith.”  …

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Church Plan ERISA Exemption

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Breach of Contract, Church Plans, Disability Insurance, ERISA, Government Plans, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts June 09, 2017

The Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as ERISA, protects employees from unanticipated losses in retirement or pension plans.  As we have discussed in several articles on the topic, ERISA safeguards such plans by establishing strict protections and requirements on the administration of most employer-sponsored health, disability, life, retirement and other employee benefits plans.  However, ERISA does not govern all employer-sponsored benefit plans.  In general, ERISA carves out exemptions for those plans established or maintained by a government or church entity.

Just a few days ago, in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, the United States Supreme Court determined a significant question affecting pension plans run by church-affiliated hospitals.  As we predicted months ago, the …

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Top 5 Ways Insurance Companies Commit Insurance Bad Faith

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Non-ERISA June 05, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today. 

If you purchased an individual disability insurance policy, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) will not apply to your claim.  Instead, separate principles of contract law govern your claim, which includes what is often referred to as “insurance bad …

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Plaintiff Recovers $750,000 Based on Plan Administrator’s Breach of Fiduciary Duty

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Church Plans, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Government Plans, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts May 23, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.   To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today. 

In some instances, ERISA plan participants may be able to “continue” or “convert” their employer-sponsored long-term disability, life, medical or other insurance policy even after they no longer work for their employer.  This ability to convert to an individual policy …

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When the Price is Right: Types of Attorneys’ Fee Arrangements For Handling Long-Term Disability ERISA Claims

Posted in: Bad Faith, Benefits, Church Plans, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Government Plans, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Insurance Questions and Concepts May 04, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today.

Long-term disability insurance may be the most important type of insurance policy one can buy.  In the unfortunate event that an unexpected disability prevents you from working, long-term disability insurance provides a substitute income in your time of need.  …

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