It happens with some frequency, the following scenario: there is a car wreck. Innocent party gets her vehicle in to her mechanic. Innocent party gets a rental car while her vehicle is being fixed. At-fault person carries insurance! Both people breath a sigh of relief, believing the insurance … [Read more...] about Are Rental Car Costs Covered?
Now we all know, in some detail, what the United States Supreme Court said about punitive damages in State Farm v. Campbell. So what? Is it important to you and me? Can anyone, with a straight face, seriously be upset that a jury verdict for punitive damages of $145 million was reduced to over $9 … [Read more...] about But, What Do I Think?
(To see the first two parts of this post, click here and here). The United States Supreme Court accepted the writ to review the Utah Supreme Court's ruling that the Campbell's $145 million punitive damages verdict was constitutional. And then held that it was not. (See the majority opinion … [Read more...] about State Farm v. Campbell, Part 3
In Part 1, I gave you the facts for the underlying case. In summary, Campbell was at-fault for causing a wreck which seriously injured Slusher and killed Ospital. State Farm -- Campbell's auto insurance -- took the case all the way to trial. In so doing, it exposed the Campbells to a $135 k … [Read more...] about State Farm v. Campbell, Part 2
Since I’ve spent the last couple weeks (here and here) talking in generalities about punitive damages, I thought I’d talk specifically about State Farm v. Campbell today. Campbell started off with a tragic, yet common, car wreck. Campbell was driving his car in Utah and decided to pass 6 vehicles … [Read more...] about State Farm v. Campbell, Part 1
Anybody out there NEVER been jerked around by an insurance company? *crickets* Hello? This thing on? Ok. Anybody out there ever BEEN jerked around by an insurance company? Ah, yes. That's what I thought. Everybody has had their … [Read more...] about Insurance Bad Faith is Clinging to Rumors with No Substance
Some things just make my blood boil. The trial lawyer wisdom nowadays says you're not supposed to show your emotion: be the messenger and let the judge and jury get mad, don't do it yourself. Well, yesterday I filed a lawsuit and I'm angry on behalf of my client. I hope it … [Read more...] about What I Did When the Insurance Company Refused DuBray Payments