“Degrees Of Privacy In Federal Court” by P&C Attorney William A. Foster

P&C attorney William A. Foster published and article in Plaintiff magazine: “Degrees Of Privacy In Federal Court: The three-way split on protection for mental-health-counseling records” by Bill Foster Some of the most contentious discovery disputes center on access to a plaintiff’s mental-health treatment records. Defense counsel regularly claim that an allegation of

Defense Secured for Non-Profit Norcal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Pillsbury & Coleman partner Ryan Opgenorth and his team successfully compelled insurance carrier Great American to defend its non-profit insured Norcal Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing in an action pending in Sacramento County Superior Court.  The defense was owed under a Directors & Officers Liability Policy that required claims

Calistoga Ranch Owner, LLC v. AIG Specialty Insurance Company, et al., Napa County Superior Court, Case No. 21CV001530

$40,000,000 Combined Settlement Case Issue:       Insurance bad faith, denial of property insurance benefits Result:             8-figure settlement Our client was a Homeowners Association whose members included time share owners of a resort property in Napa County, California.  The resort burned to the ground as a result of a wildfire.  The client sought

Landmark Decision Strikes Down Insurers’ Occurrence Limit of Liability Endorsements

Commercial property insurers have routinely sought to limit their exposure for damage to particular buildings or properties by attaching so-called Occurrence Limit of Liability Endorsements (“OLL Endorsements”) to their policies.  These endorsements purport to limit each carrier’s exposure to the specific values assigned to each building or property.  They are almost always

Three Outstanding 7 & 8-Figure Settlements in Three Days

Pillsbury & Coleman partner, Ryan Opgenorth, successfully resolved three claims against three separate insurance companies arising out of damages to a resort caused by a recent California wildfire.  Over the course of three days, Ryan and his team were able to secure two 7-figure settlements and one 8-figure settlement on behalf of