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11.26.2007

A Ray of Hope for Washington Insurance Defense Law

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Insurance companies in Washington are still allowed to make good-faith mistakes. On November 15, 2007, the Honorable Ronald B. Leighton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurance company’s good-faith mistake is not enough to turn a $25,000 insurance policy into a $2 million bad faith claim. Judge Leighton granted full summary judgment to defendant Sentry Insurance in the matter of Taylor v. Sentry Group of Companies, et al., No. C06-5497RBL. The victory for Sentry is one piece of good news for insurance companies in Washington, which have faced a series of tough judicial and legislative decisions in recent months. View full article (PDF).