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Department of Insurance Gets Nothing from Allstate | SLG

Allstate and other insurers are notorious for not complying with discovery seeking internal corporate documents which would expose corporate culture in bad faith cases. From the news yesterday and today, it appears the Florida Department of Financial Services has learned the same lesson most policyholder attorneys have known for quite some time. This controversy results …

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Louisiana And New Jersey Nix In-Person Bar Exams Because Of The Whole ‘In-Person Exams Are Wildly Dangerous’ Thing

Louisiana And New Jersey Nix In-Person Bar Exams Because Of The Whole ‘In-Person Exams Are Wildly Dangerous’ Thing

(Image via Getty) On the heels of the Minnesota Supremes pushing ahead with the state’s in-person July bar exam in a curt opinion ignoring overwhelming public health advice, Louisiana and New Jersey have finally seen enough and pulled the plug on the planned examinations. New Jersey had already canceled the July exam, but now takes …

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Changing The Focus | SLG

 A year ago the news from Mississippi largely concerned insurance claims practices, trials, and significant settlements. Except for the recent article of our firm’s settlement of twenty two cases against State Farm, the media focus has been on alleged corruption of some policyholder attorneys, especially Dickie Scruggs. Insurance industry leaders must be smiling because this …

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The Stigma Around Postpartum Depression Must Be Erased 

The Stigma Around Postpartum Depression Must Be Erased 

Ed. note: This is the latest installment in a series of posts on motherhood in the legal profession, in partnership with our friends at MothersEsquire. Welcome April Kelso to our pages. After going through a relatively easy pregnancy, my husband and I sent the 5-year-old to her grandpa’s house, did last minute baby prep, watched the …

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Broussard Oral Argument: Warming The Bench Is No Easy Task | SLG

I, along with two attorneys from my law firm, attended the appellate oral argument in the Broussard vs State Farm case on Wednesday. Last winter, the three of us also attended much of the trial to learn and strategize about how we could improve upon our clients cases. We know the Policyholder attorneys representing the Broussards, the …

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A Victory for Policyholders in Washington State | SLG

Earlier this year, the Washington State legislature passed an insurance bad faith bill that allowed for treble damages when an insurer was found to have acted unreasonably. Washington has never had punitive damages, so this legislation provided a significant remedy for policyholders damaged as a result of insurance company misconduct and a penalty for those …

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Why I Chose To Represent The Person Threatened For Filing Washington Football Trademarks

Why I Chose To Represent The Person Threatened For Filing Washington Football Trademarks

Sometimes lawyers make unpopular decisions to represent clients who will become — or are already — the subject of ridicule and blame. Yet, deep down we believe that we are doing the right thing by accepting the task of representation, and we are willing to embrace the consequences that may result from working with controversial …

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Are the California wildfires the Katrina of the West? | SLG

A recent article in a San Diego paper noted a widespread issue for victims of the recent California wildfires— is there enough insurance coverage to pay for the damage? This is not a new concern and is a major reason for much the litigation following Hurricane Katrina.From an actuarial standpoint, the problem is not significant because …

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