At CH&, the Insurance Coverage practice is primarily focused on disputes between policyholders and their insurance companies.
Our Insurance Group has recovered millions of dollars for our policyholder clients. We have represented insurance carriers and individuals in disputed claims, related litigation, and regulatory matters arising out of the hospitality, construction, transportation, and real estate arenas.
Areas of Emphasis:
- Breach of Insurance Contract Disputes
- Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act and Bad Faith Claims
- Property and Casualty Claims
- Coverage for Government Entities
- Insurance Agents and Brokers
- Insurance Policy Analysis
Attorneys in the Insurance Coverage group have represented clients in the following transactions:
- Levings v. Travelers Insurance. Representing investor on claim against fidelity bond insurer of 1031 exchange facilitator who misappropriated proceeds from sale of apartment complex. Case of first impression under 2012 Washington statute regulating such transactions.
- Schnitzer West v. PCL Construction and Underwriters at Lloyds, London. Represented owner/developer of high-rise apartment complex in Bellevue, Washington, in successfully prosecuting $4 million claim against contractor and insurer resulting from defective and damaged balcony railings.
- Seattle School District v. Heery International, et al. Defended $2 million claim brought by School District against contractors, designers and project managers regarding alleged environmental contamination of new school building. Successfully resolved in mediation.
- Aldrich & Associates v. Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Successfully defended nonprofit owner of new organization headquarters facility against contractor’s claims for additional construction costs and impacts. Resolved in mediation with very little additional compensation to contractor and most costs covered by designers’ E&O insurance.
- Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. v. S&B James Construction, et al. Represented major producer/distributor of organic and vegetarian food products in successfully prosecuting $30 million claim against contractors and insurers resulting from defective and damaged concrete floor in new 140,000 square foot manufacturing facility near Medford, Oregon.