The Travelers Home and Marine Insurance Company, and its lawyers, recently had a rough couple of days in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. On August 24 and 25, that court issued orders in Meier v. The Travelers Home & Marine Insurance Co. and Bagley v. Travelers Home & Marine Insurance Co. In both cases, Travelers was ordered to produce documents and deposition testimony that it had attempted to withhold based on the attorney-client privilege and/or the work-product doctrine.
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Recently, the federal court for the Middle District of Florida applied a rule of great interest to insureds who believe that their insurer has wrongly denied coverage: whether the insurer’s “claim file” can be requested in discovery.

In Redfish Key Villas Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Amerisure Ins. Co. (April 3, 2014), the Redfish Key Villas Condominium Association had sued its contractor for defective work. The contractor failed to appear and defend itself, resulting in a default judgment for Redfish. But the real money in many construction-defect lawsuits, of course, often comes from the contractor’s insurer.
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