California Majority: Insurer May Seek Reimbursement Directly From Cumis Counsel

Mealey's (August 11, 2015, 1:52 PM EDT) -- SAN FRANCISCO — A majority of the California Supreme Court on Aug. 10 found that a commercial general liability insurer can maintain a direct suit against its insureds’ independent counsel for reimbursement of allegedly unreasonable or unnecessary underlying defense costs, reversing an appeals court in part (Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. J.R. Marketing, L.L.C., et al., No. S211645, Calif. Sup.; 2015 Cal. LEXIS 5405).

(Opinion available. Document #13-150820-005Z.)

In August 2005, Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. issued a commercial general liability policy to J.R. Marketing L.L.C., Noble...
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