Firm Partner Tim Lake and Senior Associate William Brenner recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a bad faith case where the insurance company was accused of wrongly denying coverage on a damaged gas tank. The plaintiff, a Riverside County gas station, made a claim related to a pinhole leak in one of its two 15,000 gallon gas tanks. The tank developed a pinhole leak as a result of settling onto a sharp rock which had been left in the pit area when the tank was installed. The plaintiff claimed the damage was a covered loss under the More
Welcome to Tharpe & Howell, LLP’s updated website! While continuing to provide quality legal services to clients throughout California, we also wanted to give our website the same level of professional care. So over the past few months, we have been working on creating a new website design and are extremely excited to now see it go live. As you navigate through our site, I’m sure you will notice that things don’t look like they used to. Of course, our attorney bios, practice areas, office locations and contact information are all still there – together with some new features like this More
Firm Partner Timothy Lake was recently appointed by the California State Bar to serve as a member of its Insurance Law Committee. Mr. Lake is Chair of the Firm’s Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage Practice Group and represents various insurance carriers on a broad range of issues involving coverage and related matters. Mr. Lake is also a member of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Coverage Litigation Committee, and publishes and speaks frequently on insurance coverage issues. If you would like to speak with Mr. Lake about his legal practice, please call him direct at (818) 205-9955.
Once again – Tharpe & Howell’s Bad Faith Defense Team achieved excellent results for an insurance carrier client when the California Court of Appeal upheld the previous granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment in an action alleging bad faith! In the underlying case, an insured of Fire Insurance Exchange (the Firm’s client), was sued for an alleged sexually motivated assault and false imprisonment. In the subsequent bad faith case, the main issue concerned coverage for “false imprisonment” that was keyed to an “occurrence” defined as an “accident.” In both actions, the insured maintained his act of admittedly cornering the More
The Firm’s Bay Area General Litigation Team recently obtained a Summary Judgment on behalf of a Firm car rental client. In this case, the plaintiff was an injured passenger in a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver that collided with another vehicle at a San Jose intersection. The Firm’s client had rented the car to an individual who, by the terms of the rental contract, was the only permissive operator of the vehicle. Because the driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident was not the renter, the issue before the court was whether or not the driver More