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JUDGMENT: $12 Million – CRW obtains judgment of approximately $12 million in SFSC jury trial.

Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in news, news_latest | 0 comments

Tim Harris and Steve Soskin secured a 12-0 verdict of over $7million for client Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., against Triton, Subs, Inc., and three guarantors insured by Travelers Ins. The San Francisco Superior court trial started May 20, 2019, and the verdict was returned on June 13, after less than 4 hours of deliberation. Post-trial motions added over $1 million in prevailing party attorney’s fees, $256,000 in expert fees pursuant to C.C.P. §998(b), and over $3 million in interest. Experts established that PVC insulation damaged during a commercial installation in 2003, had carbonized and then ignited in 2007, causing a fire that destroyed commercial structures.
(Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Triton Subs, Inc., et al, CGC15-544547)

 

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CRW obtains court of appeal opinion affirming judgment in favor property insurer

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in news, news_latest | 0 comments

Howard Wollitz secured an opinion from the California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division 5, filed December 5, 2012, affirming a judgment in favor of Gemini Insurance Company, as property insurer for a landlord, against the insurer for the tenant holding that liability for fire damage to the leased property could not be avoided by assertion of the insured v. insured exclusion in the tenant’s policy. The tenant’s insurer argued that the landlord’s status as Additional Insured under the tenant’s policy triggered the exclusion to bar coverage for a judgment in favor of Gemini in a subrogation action against the tenant. After oral argument by Mr. Wollitz, the Court of Appeal issued its opinion for publication rejecting the argument of the tenant’s insurer, and holding that Gemini’s insured was an Additional Insured under the tenant’s policy only where it faced liability arising from the tenant’s acts. Here, no third party ever sought to hold the landlord liable for damages from the fire.

 

Gemini Insurance Company v. Delos Insurance Company, 211 Cal. App. 4th 719 (2012)

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Arbitration Award for Insurer Against Managing General Agent for Breach of Agency Agreement

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in news, news_latest | 0 comments

Bruce Smyth secured an award for client Great Divide Insurance Company in an arbitration against Monarch Management Corporation, a managing general agent for Great Divide under an agency agreement. Great Divide demanded arbitration because of the omission of an abuse and molestation exclusion in breach of the underwriting guidelines under which Monarch was authorized to issue policies in Great Divide’s name. After a policy was issued without the exclusion, Great Divide was forced to defend an insured in a sexual molestation case and ultimately settled the matter just before trial. After a four-day arbitration before a panel headed by a retired Judge of the California Court of Appeals, and the testimony of ten witnesses and three experts, Great Divide was awarded all of the costs of defense and settlement, plus prejudgment interest, totaling over $450,000.

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Complex Two-Week Bad Faith Bench Trial

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in news, news_latest | 0 comments

Alan Lazar just completed a two week bench trial defending an unusually complex bad faith action based on denial of coverage in a legal malpractice action. The legal malpractice action arose from the insured law firm’s defense of a rental car company in an underlying action involving multiple deaths and quadriplegics. Thus the recent bad faith trial involved the merits of three cases rolled into one, “a case within a case within a case”.

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CRW Celebrated Its 25th Anniversary

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in news, news_latest | 0 comments

CRW recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the date the business commenced on December 16, 1987.

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