Case Conclusion Date: March 9, 2010
Practice Area: Antitrust / Trade Law
Outcome: Successful Summary Judgment
Description: The court found no issue of law to preclude a judicial finding in favor of the insured in its suit for attorneys' fees following adjudication of a duty to defend. As a breaching insurer, it was of no moment whether JACO was entitled to independent counsel under a policy issued by another insured, Truck Insurance Exchange ("Truck"), since this was irrelevant to JACO'S rights under the AISLIC policy. Id. at *3. The court also found that fees under Washington State Law incurred by coverage counsel pursuant to Olympic Steamship Co. were recoverable by Gauntlett & Associates as coverage counsel. The court requested briefing on several items to clarify points so that a final judgment could be entered. In order to fashion the mechanism by which appellate fees also owed by AISLIC were to be reimbursed was also left to further resolution.