Tag Archives: attorney-client privilege

Allocation-Process Information Shielded by Mediation Privilege, not Available to Insurer: Wash. Fed. Court

In a decision with important implications for “long-tail” environmental contamination coverage claims in the Northwest, a federal court in Washington state has held that information from a confidential “allocation” proceeding in a Superfund site does not need to be produced to an insurer for one of the parties. The decision provides comfort to those hoping … Continue Reading

Oregon Supreme Court Accepts Review of Two Important Insurance Disputes

The Oregon Supreme Court recently accepted for review two cases with potentially lasting implications for insurance coverage disputes in the state. The first case is a mandamus ruling – the court decided to accept for review a trial court’s ruling in Liberty Surplus Insurance v. Seabold Construction on a hot evidence issue important to bad-faith coverage … Continue Reading

Twenty Questions to Ask Coverage Counsel In Business Litigation

The American Bar Association’s Business Torts committee has posted an excellent article (registration, ABA membership required) on the 20 questions that a business owner should ask coverage counsel about potential coverage issues arising from business litigation.  These are the most critical, and often ignored, issues that must be considered when making decisions about coverage strategy.  Included among … Continue Reading

Former Insurance Defense Counsel’s Firm Permitted to Represent Insured Against Carrier

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site continues to generate new coverage-related law on issues beyond environmental contamination.  In a recent ruling from Oregon’s federal court, Judge Acosta permitted Stoel Rives to substitute in as coverage counsel for steel company Evraz, Inc. in litigation between Evraz and many of its former carriers over coverage at the Superfund … Continue Reading

Washington Federal Court Permits Deposition of Carrier’s Former Coverage Attorney

On October 30, 2013 Judge Martinez of the Western District of Washington permitted the policyholder in a long-running bad faith case to take the deposition of the carrier’s former coverage counsel, Joanne Henry, about the coverage analysis that she performed for the carrier leading to the carrier denying the tender of defense.  This decision relied … Continue Reading

Benefits of Involving Counsel In Choosing Your Insurance Program

All companies routinely review their insurance coverage programs, usually through risk management talking to a trusted insurance broker.  Today I came across this excellent “Sound Advice” podcast from Tonya Newman, a colleague at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg in Chicago, about the reasons that companies should involve counsel in discussions at renewal time.  It is of course fairly … Continue Reading

Washington and Now Idaho Limit Attorney-Client Privilege in Bad Faith Cases

My former colleagues at Bullivant Houser Bailey have done a nice job of summarizing two recent decisions, one from Washington and one from Idaho, limiting the application of the attorney-client privilege where outside coverage counsel participates in a fact investigation for coverage purposes.  Both decisions (Idaho’s Stewart Title v. Credit Suisse in federal court, Washington’s Cedell … Continue Reading