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Insurance Bad Faith

People buy insurance in a spirit of trust. They feel assured that the insurance policy will bear the heavy financial responsibility if property is damaged or a family member or friend is seriously hurt.

But sometimes the insurance company views the situation from a different point of view. We have experience with insurance companies that act in bad faith against their policy holders. Over the years we have helped many people recover full payment from their insurance companies. It's all about doing what's right.

Keys v. Safeco Insurance Co

Vincent and Theresa Keys were involved in a life-threatening car accident in southwest Washington. After months of medical care, the Keys’ UIM insurer argued that Mr. Keys’ injuries were not related to the accident. Issues involving bad faith and attorney-client privilege lengthened the litigation process. Ms. Fleming successfully argued in opposition to Safeco’s partial motion… Read More

Confidential v. Insurance Company and Law Firm

(January 2014) Confidential settlement for $1.9 million, for an insurance company’s bad faith refusal to settle a claim, forcing its insured through a public jury trial resulting in a huge excess verdict against him and significant negative publicity that essentially ended his oral surgery practice.

Holden v. Farmers Insurance Company of Washington

(January 2012) A consumer class action settled on behalf of over 7,000 insureds who were improperly denied applicable Washington State sales tax on personal property losses.  The case settled following the Washington State Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision upholding the trial court’s ruling in favor of the plaintiff/insured.  The settlement called for Farmers to pay sales… Read More

Samples v. Rockeries, Inc.

(January 2009) $2,940,000 judgment and settlement for wrongful death case by husband of 46 year old woman hit by runaway dump truck trailer.  Case included recovery of interest, attorney fees, and bad faith damages.

Adams v. Testa

(November 2005) $2,000,000 settlement for UIM policy limits on behalf of a woman who suffered significant orthopedic injuries in an automobile crash. Additional sums were recovered for Farmers’ bad faith claims handling.

Hesse, et al. v. Sprint PCS

In the summer of 2014, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan secured a $20 million class action settlement on behalf of hundreds of thousands of mobile phone service customers of Sprint PCS. In 2006, Sprint customers Christopher Hesse and Nathaniel Olsen alleged in a consumer class action lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court and later removed to… Read More

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