Barger & Wolen News

California Court of Appeals Decision Provides Reasoning Behind Punitive Damages Calculations

In a case where the punitive damages awarded to a health insurance claimant amounted to more than $19 million in 2011, a California Court of Appeals has ruled the verdict was excessive, capping the permissible award at $350,000. According to …

Farmers Insurance Names Steven Weinstein as New General Counsel

Farmers Insurance has named former chairman of the Barger & Wolen law firm and insurance and litigation partner, Steven Weinstein, as its new general counsel. Weinstein is replacing Frank Ceglar, a 36 year veteran of Farmers, who retired after a …

Fingers Point to Different Defendants in Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues its investigation, lawsuits are already being filed in the July 6 Asiana Airlines plane crash in San Francisco that resulted in 181 injured passengers and two dead teens. The NTSB completed its …

Administrative Law Judge Invalidates Fair Claims Practices Regulations by CDI

Insurers familiar with California‚Äôs strict claims handling guidelines may be surprised to learn companies could be off the hook for penalties and fines imposed by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for violations. This is according to California Administrative Law …