Successes

  • Counsel in recovering over $250 million from additional insurers in suits over ongoing and completed operations coverage.
  • Counsel in recovering over $200 million from direct primary, umbrella and excess insurers over policy interrelation, including deductible and SIR satisfaction, stacking of SIRs and policy limits, policy exhaustion, following form, maintenance SIRs, duty to defend and duty to settle issues.
  • Counsel in converting a turnover order into a money judgment of over $90 million, upholding it at the appellate and California Supreme Court levels.
  • Counsel in recovering over $60 million from insurers for the replacement of drywall from China.
  • Counsel in recovering over $45 million from an insurer in a suit involving pollution coverage.
  • Counsel in obtaining a jury verdict against a city for over $30 million.
  • Counsel in obtaining a jury verdict against an insurer for over $25 million in compensatory and punitive damages for failing to defend.
  • Counsel in recovering over $8.9 million in a suit against a custom home builder.
  • Counsel in recovering over $5 million against an insurer in a failure to defend suit.
  • Counsel in recovering over $2 million from an insurer in a pollution coverage dispute.
  • Counsel in recovering $1 million from an insurance broker for inadequate insurance.
  • Counsel in obtaining a federal court judgment defeating a customer’s attempt to establish a million dollar lifetime home improvement warranty.
  • Counsel in enjoining opposing counsel from violating a confidentiality clause.
  • Appellate Decisions:
    • Counsel in California Supreme Court decision establishing the economic loss rule that there is no recovery in tort for defects that have not caused damage or injury.
    • Counsel in California appellate decision establishing recovery in tort for component to component damage.
    • Counsel in California appellate decision requiring insurers to provide an immediate, full and complete defense to their additional insureds.
    • Counsel in California appellate decision preventing the enforcement of a London arbitration provision.
    • Counsel in California appellate decision affirming a Referee default judgment of over $90 million.