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Federal Court Dismisses Insurance Fair Conduct Act Claims

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By Stephania Camp Denton 

In a rare victory for insurers, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington dismissed Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) claims against Evanston Insurance Company. Washington’s IFCA provides a statutory cause of action against insurers for unreasonable denials of coverage or payment of benefits. The claims arose out of Evanston’s pursuit of a declaratory judgment (DJ) action against a law firm and one of its attorneys regarding the availability of coverage for a malpractice claim. Evanston ultimately agreed to dismiss the DJ, but the insureds separately filed suit against Evanston alleging that it violated IFCA by pursuing a DJ while simultaneously defending the underlying claim. In the case of Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC v. Evanston Insurance Co., — F. Supp. 3d — (E.D. Wash. 2015), Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson rejected the insureds’ arguments seeking to expand the scope of IFCA claims.

View the full article (PDF) to learn more about the dismissal of IFCA claims in Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC v. Evanston Insurance Co.

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