Lawsuit Documents Allegations of Discriminatory Claims Handling By Insurer Who Kept A So-Called “Jewish Lawyer List”

Anyone who's suspected their insurance company gave their claim closer scrutiny because of their race will likely find the allegations in this lawsuit alarming.  In short, the insurance company was sued alleging it discriminated against insureds represented by attorneys identified on the insurance company's secret "Jewish Lawyer List."  The insurer settled that lawsuit, but then …

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What Are The Rules For Short Term Health Coverage?

Many people buy short term medical coverage to fill in gaps in long term coverage.  For instance, if you start a new job, you'll often lose coverage from your former employer's medical plan prior to becoming eligible for coverage under your new employer's medical plan.  This gap can often last several months.  To maintain coverage …

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Title Insurance Covers Tribal Fishing Rights Claims Against Landowner Says Court of Appeals

Title insurance is a critical part of most real estate deals.  In Washington and throughout the U.S., a piece of real estate has likely changed hands numerous times, including typical purchase money mortgage sales, foreclosures, bequests via a will or trust, or otherwise.  As a result, prudent people about to buy land or a home …

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The Brave New World of Cybercrime Insurance Coverage Disputes

Computer crime and data breaches have become a reality for most businesses.  Words like spearphshing or ransomware that were obscure five years ago are now in the headlines on a regular basis.  The FBI calculated over $1.4 billion in reported losses from hacking and similar computer crime in 2017.  A data breach can cause serious …

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Out of Network Billing for Emergency Room Visit: New Legislation Aims To Fix Loophole In Existing Law

In a medical emergency, patients are typically concerned with getting to the emergency room as fast as possible.  They often don't stop to check whether the closest emergency room is at a hospital that is "in-network" with their health insurance plan; or, even if they do, the nearest in-network emergency room may be too far …

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Court of Appeals Reiterates Insurer’s Obligation to Protect Policyholder From Lawsuit

When a driver crashes into another vehicle and is sued for damages, the driver's insurer typically has an obligation to  defend the lawsuit and act in good faith to protect its insured's interests.  When the insurer fails to do so, the driver likely has legal recourse under Washington law. Washington's Court of Appeals recently reiterated …

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