Squire's Setback In Hartford Case Shows Cumis Counsel Trap

By Jeff Sistrunk (August 10, 2015, 10:42 PM EDT) -- The California Supreme Court's finding Monday that Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. can sue Squire Patton Boggs LLP to try to recover fees the firm charged while serving as Cumis counsel for a policyholder serves as a warning for independent attorneys to avoid court orders that allow insurers to pursue reimbursement of defense costs, experts say.

While the state high court unanimously ruled that Hartford can bring a direct action against Squire Patton for reimbursement of allegedly excessive and unreasonable fees billed by the firm, the court said the case had several unique elements, including that the law firm itself drafted a...

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