Hartford Suit Over $15M Squire Patton Tab Has Firms On Edge

Law360, Los Angeles (April 20, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month in a dispute over whether Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. can seek reimbursement from a policyholder's lawyers from Squire Patton Boggs LLP, and attorneys say a ruling in the insurer's favor could scare off law firms from serving as independent counsel and erase the incentive for insurers to defend upfront.

Hartford is challenging a California appellate court's ruling that it lacked a quasi-contractual right based on common law to sue the law firm directly for the reimbursement of any allegedly improper fees the firm charged in defending Hartford's policyholder, J.R. Marketing...

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