Allstate's insured's car was stolen. It was recovered within a week with damage and missing parts. Allstate refused to pay for the $9,600 damage to the car, claiming that their insured was complicit in the claimed theft and damage. A two week jury trial resulted in a verdict for Plaintiff for $87,000.00. This was the first known Insurance Fair Conduct Act case tried to verdict in Washington state. Although Plaintiff is still awaiting the final ruling of the trial judge, it is estimated that with costs and attorney fees, the final judgment will far exceed $500,000.00
Beverly v. Allstate
May 29, 2005
Verdict for Plaintiff over 9 times the offer
The case was not directly against Allstate, but against a driver who was insured by Allstate, which essentially makes it a case against Allstate because Allstate generally controls everything in litigation. Beverly was rear ended - no physical damage to her car. She was treating with a Chiropractor for the same injury (neck and low back strain) she complained of from the accident. She did not miss any work. She didn't see a doctor for two days. The offer was $30,000. The verdict was $280,000.
Firefighter v. Fire District
Employment & Labor
Unanimous Verdict for the Fire Fighter.
A female volunteer fire fighter experienced retaliation and was eventually fired after questioning her Chief about being treated unfairly. When we (her attorneys) gave notice that we intended to file suit, as required by law when suing a "public utility", we were threatened with counter suits against the fire fighter and her attorneys personally. Facing those threats we filed anyway, persisted through a very hardened and disingenuous defense that gave no quarter and relentlessly attacked the Fire Fighter personally. We prevailed in a month long jury trial that ended in a unanimous verdict in our favor. Plaintiff's attorneys were awarded fees and costs in excess of $750,000 and the volunteer fire fighter was awarded $60,000 as well as having her personal file essentially purged of the damaging entries. Congratulations to the Fire Fighter who hung tough through some very threatening times and worked with her attorneys as a member of the team.