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Bad Faith
Webinar
Smith Freed Eberhard partners Josh Hayward and Melanie Rose discuss significant cases of the past year in Washington, with a focus on Personal Lines claims management. Why Watch This Webinar? This webinar is designed for claims professionals and provides a basic overview of significant cases over the last year and their impact on Personal Lines claims management. This webinar will prepare you…
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Friday January 29, 2021 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert
From the desk of Josh Hayward: In UM and UIM claims, attorney fees may be recoverable by the insured. However, there is a statutory safe harbor provision that prevents an insured from being awarded fees if certain criteria are met. Part of the criteria is that the insurer must accept coverage and only contest liability of the uninsured and damages.…
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Thursday November 19, 2020 By: Josh Hayward
Legal Alert
From the desk of Kyle Riley: When a consumer purchases a policy of insurance, there is little doubt that they expect to be able to rely on their coverage when disputes arise.  Washington courts have made the state’s policy clear: when there is a potential for coverage, any uncertainty must be resolved in favor of providing coverage to the insured,…
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Monday September 21, 2020 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert
From the desk of Kyle Riley: The Washington Supreme Court recently responded to a question certified by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The question was one of agency. Specifically, it was unclear whether, under the facts at hand, defendant Selective Insurance Company (“Selective”) was bound by its agent’s written representation made on a certificate of insurance that a particular corporation…
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Friday May 29, 2020 By: Kyle Riley
Legal Alert
From the desk of Joshua Hayward:  After the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that individual insurance adjusters could be sued personally for bad faith and Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”) violation claims in 2018, the Washington Supreme Court reviewed that decision.  Case Pointer: In its 2018 decision in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Co., 3 Wn. App. 2d 21, the Washington Court of Appeals departed from prior Washington court decisions when it held that an insured could maintain a private cause of action…
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Tuesday May 12, 2020 By: Josh Hayward
Webinar
Smith Freed & Eberhard Partner, Kyle Riley, will take attendees through the mandatory arbitration process and provide insight as to how to strategically structure your case in Washington. Mandatory Arbitration (MAR) can be a complex aspect in any litigation strategy. Strategic decisions must continually be made from the beginning of the process, up until trial (if necessary.) Making the wrong…
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Wednesday August 12, 2015 By: Kyle Riley
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