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. Read More
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.” Read More
Partners Tim Lake and Chris Maile successfully defended an insurance carrier in a bad-faith case brought by an 83 year old plaintiff alleging the carrier had breached his homeowners insurance policy and committed bad-faith when it refused to pay a judgment against him of $235,000.00. As a result of some favorable legal rulings based upon coverage defenses asserted by the carrier and damaging testimony to the plaintiff’s case by several early witnesses, plaintiff settled the case during trial, rather than face possible dismissal on a non-suit motion. Read More
Firm Attorney Soojin Kang has once again been designated as a Top Young Lawyer and rising star by the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star Edition. Last year, attorney Kang earned this honor for the second year in a row – making her one of the less than 3% of attorneys who have received this honor two years in a row. Now, Ms. Kang has been honored with this recognition for the third year in a row. Read More
David Binder has secured yet another win in a string of appellate victories! In this case, the plaintiff sued his employer claiming he was terminated for being a whistle-blower, in retaliation for objecting to claimed unlawful acts, and in violation of public policy. After the Trial Court granted the Firm’s defense Motion for Summary Judgment, the plaintiff appealed.
In a unanimous decision, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the granting of Summary Judgment giving attorney Binder yet another victory on behalf of an employer client! Read More