Farmers Entitled To Atty-Client Privilege, Court Rules

Law360, New York (August 4, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT) -- A state appeals court has reversed a ruling that Farmers Insurance Co. of Washington was not protected by attorney-client privilege when a Washington state homeowner requested documents in his suit accusing the company of fraud and bad faith over a fire damage claim.

The insurer did have attorney-client privilege and the trial court abused its discretion when it ordered a review of case documents in the absence of a viable fraud claim, the Court of Appeals of the State of Washington said Wednesday, reversing a 2009...
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