Progressive Customers Can't Sue Atty Over Investigation Tactics

Law360, Los Angeles (May 23, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Wednesday dismissed an attorney from a breach of contract suit alleging she conducted "inquisition-style" investigations on Progressive Choice Insurance Co.'s behalf that led the company to unfairly reject policyholders' insurance claims.

Judge Barbara M. Scheper granted Teresa M. Starinieri's motion citing California's anti-SLAPP — strategic lawsuit against public participation — statute, ruling that the private attorney could not be held individually liable for the policyholders' claims because she was working as an agent of Progressive.

Starinieri argued all the policyholders' claims against...
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