Breach of Good Faith

Breach of contract involving California prohibition on non-compete agreements. Defense verdict. Orange County.

Top insurance salesman goes to another company and some of his clients follow him. Former employer says he owes them compensation for taking for those clients.

  • Case Name: CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services, Inc. v. Millennium Corp. Solutions, LLC and Neal Rubin
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, May 04, 2022

RV insurance claim denied after fire. $8.4M. Riverside County.

Property insurer's fire investigator changes his initial report after second inspection of RV; insurer then denies claim.

  • Case Name: Octavio Lopez v. National General Assurance Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Monday, November 25, 2019

Insurer lowballs repair payments on damaged restaurant building. $10.5 million for bad faith + punitives. Stanislaus County.

Snow storm collapses roof of building; insurer won't pay estimate to repair, says estimate includes code upgrades that it's not responsible for.

  • Case Name: NKD Diversified Enterprises, Inc. v. AMCO Insurance Company
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Lawyer, others promise home loan modifications. Fraud. $96K. Orange County.

A lawyer, now disbarred, and his associates offer home loan modification services, but don't perform after taking plaintiffs' money.

  • Case Name: Atilano Villalon et al. v. Gary Lee Lane, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

$300,00 for emotional damages in bad-faith UIM claim. Los Angeles County.

Plaintiff asks his insurer for UIM damages, but insurer delays for eight months then settles underlying matter for $140,000; insured retains bad-faith rights. 

  • Case Name: Michael Federici v. Ameriprise Financial Inc., IDS Property Casualty Insurance Company, et al.
  • Date of Verdict or Judgment: Friday, October 31, 2014