In Wash., Pro-Policyholder Rulings Push Insurers To Adapt

Law360, New York (May 3, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT) -- The Washington Supreme Court has hit insurers with a volley of unfavorable decisions this year, forcing carriers to tiptoe even more carefully in their claims handling than they have been since the state adopted a liberal bad-faith law, experts say.

Just a few months into 2013, the high court has left insurers stunned by barring them from recouping defense costs that a court finds were never owed to policyholders, creating a presumption that the attorney-client privilege doesn't protect claims handling documents in most first-party bad-faith cases...
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