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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 for summary judgment and convinced the judge to stay the case pending Cedell v. Farmer (a pertinent issue before the Washington State Supreme Court was whether an insurer could hide behind attorney-client privilege, even when said attorney’s role was primarily as adjuster).

In the end, the bad faith/breach of contract case resulted in a confidential settlement for the Keys.

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