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August 11, 1994
An Orange County jury has awarded the top two executives of the Irvine architectural firm more than $4 million in a judgment arising from a dispute with its insurance company. Scottsdale Insurance Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., was ordered to pay the judgment to LPA Inc. Chairman Leason Pomeroy and Chief Executive Officer Robert Kupper. The awards included $2 million in punitive damages, said Los Angeles lawyer Bill Conkle, who represented LPA.
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BUSINESS
April 6, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A judge for the second time dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. seeking more than $100 million in damages related to corporate-owned life insurance policies. Wal-Mart sued American International Group Inc.'s AIG Life Insurance unit and Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.'s Hartford Life Insurance Co. in Delaware Chancery Court in 2002, blaming underwriters for the loss of tax deductions for $1.3 billion in policies Wal-Mart bought from 1993 to 1995.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1992
A settlement was announced Friday in a longstanding "bad faith" lawsuit against Allstate Insurance Co. by a South-Central Los Angeles family whose $40.5-million jury award was nullified by a judge eight years ago as "excessive." The settlement was reached as a new trial began in Superior Court to determine the damages to be paid by Allstate to Alice and Henry Fellows, their son and two nieces.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Patients who are harmed because their managed healthcare plan refused to pay for medical treatment cannot sue the insurer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday, closing the courthouse door to more than 130 million Americans who rely on coverage provided by a private employer or a labor union. The 9-0 ruling shields most health maintenance organizations from being sued and possibly forced to pay huge verdicts for their mistakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Sherman Oaks couple have filed a lawsuit against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., accusing it of forging signatures on insurance forms and destroying documents to avoid paying claims from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Two former State Farm employees have given sworn testimony supporting the accusations, and say such practices are common at the company, according to court documents.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A judge for the second time dismissed a lawsuit filed by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. seeking more than $100 million in damages related to corporate-owned life insurance policies. Wal-Mart sued American International Group Inc.'s AIG Life Insurance unit and Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.'s Hartford Life Insurance Co. in Delaware Chancery Court in 2002, blaming underwriters for the loss of tax deductions for $1.3 billion in policies Wal-Mart bought from 1993 to 1995.
NEWS
June 15, 1988 | Associated Press
Ten more states Tuesday joined California and six other states in lawsuits accusing the nation's largest insurers of conspiring to put together a liability crisis with crippling effects around the nation. The original suits, filed in U.S. District Court and a state court in March, alleged that the companies collaborated in a secret scheme that limited and eliminated coverage on certain types of general liability insurance.
NEWS
November 23, 1994 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 100-year-old woman who said she was shortchanged by her insurance company after her home burned down has settled her lawsuit out of court, both sides announced Tuesday. The terms of the settlement between Anne Campbell Smith and Colonial Penn Insurance Co. were not disclosed. Colonial Penn attorney Terry Rowland said the company agreed to the settlement rather than face the negative publicity of defending itself against the centenarian.
NEWS
July 9, 1999 | AMY PYLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Consumers would have added recourse against insurance companies through a controversial measure that passed the Assembly on Thursday. The bill, SB 1237 by Sen. Martha Escutia (D-Whittier), would allow consumers to sue for bad faith when they think insurers have unfairly delayed or reduced settlements. Republicans, however, claim the provisions of the measure--which would invalidate a 1988 state Supreme Court decision--would raise insurance premiums by at least 14%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS and DAVID COLKER
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Northridge earthquake victims who said they were wronged by their insurance companies. The suit--filed by attorney William Audet of San Jose in Los Angeles Superior Court--was filed against four insurance companies and former state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush. The four companies are: Allstate, Farmers Home Mutual, State Farm and 21st Century.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2004 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
A novel whistle-blower lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges that the nation's largest disability insurer, UnumProvident Corp., withheld benefit payments to meet financial targets. Former Unum "customer care specialist" Linda Nee claims that she was fired 18 months ago after bringing reports of wrongdoing to the attention of her supervisors. She is joined in the suit by California consumer advocate John Metz.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2002 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer has added a fresh crop of defendants to a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that accuses Credit Lyonnais and affiliates of the French bank of using phony business fronts to illegally acquire the assets of the defunct Executive Life Insurance Co. in 1991. In an amended complaint filed in U.S.
BUSINESS
July 25, 2001 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An advocacy organization for the disabled sued Bank of America Corp. and Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co. on Tuesday, alleging they are discriminating against disabled people by effectively barring them from buying life insurance.
NEWS
June 21, 2001 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This week's bitter Senate battle over patients' rights to sue their HMOs has its origin, oddly enough, in a 1974 pension reform law. What began as a worker-friendly measure that regulated corporations has evolved into a corporate shield against lawsuits from disgruntled employees and their families. It is a classic example of the Law of Unintended Consequences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Culver City residents who were the first to take advantage of a new state law extending the period to file Northridge earthquake damage claims have been awarded nearly $7 million by a Los Angeles jury. For the 430 families who live in the three-story Tara Hills complex, it could be the end of an exhausting journey that began when they first filed claims after the magnitude 6.8 earthquake in 1994. "I just found out [we won] and am as pleased as could be," Bennie Dudley, 63, said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2000 | KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS and DAVID COLKER
A class-action lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Northridge earthquake victims who said they were wronged by their insurance companies. The suit--filed by attorney William Audet of San Jose in Los Angeles Superior Court--was filed against four insurance companies and former state Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush. The four companies are: Allstate, Farmers Home Mutual, State Farm and 21st Century.
NEWS
July 29, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge intends to dismiss a massive suit by California and 18 other states accusing some of the nation's largest insurers of conspiring to unfairly limit liability coverage for government and business, lawyers said Friday. In a tentative opinion, U.S. District Judge William W. Schwarzer concluded that the defendants are immune under an act that grants an exemption to insurance companies from most federal antitrust laws, the attorneys said.
NEWS
July 20, 2000 | ALISSA J. RUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Planned Parenthood on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against a Washington drugstore chain, arguing that employers whose insurance plans exclude contraceptives but cover other prescription drugs are in effect practicing sex discrimination. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Seattle, signals a new front in what is becoming a battleground over women's health issues in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill.
NEWS
February 25, 2000
Four Southern California Jewish families settled lawsuits filed against a European insurer stemming from failure to pay a claim based on policies issued during the Holocaust era, their attorney said Thursday. The four cases against Assicurazioni Generali of Trieste, Italy, have been resolved, said the families' Claremont attorney, Ricardo Echeverria, but he would not disclosed the amount of the settlement.
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