Oregon Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Duty to Defend

Chris Parker The Oregon Supreme Court released its opinion in West Hills Dev. Co. v. Chartis Claims, Inc., 360 Or 650 (2016).  As reported in our May 2, 2016 blog post, this is an insurance coverage case in which the Court of Appeals recognized a broad duty to…

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The Three “I”ngredients to Staying “Reasonable” Under IFCA

Keith M. Liguori Washington has long allowed insureds, through the common law doctrines of bad faith and breach of contract, to bring actions against insurers who are purportedly acting in bad faith when denying claims for coverage or payment of benefits.  However, since 2007, thanks to the passing…

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Prelitigation Handling of ORS 20.080 Claims

       Chris Parker Settlement demands seeking $10,000 or less trigger possible attorney fees recovery by a plaintiff under Oregon Revised Statute (“ORS”) 20.080 – an issue often overlooked by claims handlers unfamiliar with that statute.  ORS 20.080 provides that the plaintiff recovers attorney fees on any…

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