Insurer Was Not Obligated To Pay For Independent Counsel, Panel Says In Reversal
(May 16, 2016, 12:51 PM EDT) -- CHICAGO — An Illinois appeals panel on May 11 determined that a lower court erred in ruling that a conflict of interest required an insurer to hire an insured’s counsel of choice to defend against an underlying discrimination lawsuit, further finding that the insurer’s decision not to pay for independent counsel was neither vexatious nor unreasonable (Maceo Rainey v. Indiana Insurance Co., No. 1-15-0862, Ill. App., 1st Dist., 3rd Div.; 2016 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 916).