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Reliving Part of the Manville Bankruptcy: Bogdan Law Firm v. Bevan & Assocs., LPA (In re Johns-Manville Corp.)

Posted in Asbestos, Asbestos Bankruptcy, Fraud by Insurers and Their Lawyers, Insurance
The Johns-Manville chapter 11. A debacle of expediency and short-term thinking from 1992-1998, and then later “do overs.” In one of its phases, there were multiple “direct actions” suits against Travelers, which was the primary primary insurer of Manville. According to some plaintiff lawyers, Manville and Travelers conspired to defraud many plaintiffs. As a result,… Continue Reading

Indictments Against Engineering Firm Hired by Insurance Company Lawyers for Superstorm Sandy Claims

Posted in Fraud by Insurers and Their Lawyers, Insurance, Litigation Industry
It took some time, but 50 indictments finally emerged for the engineering firm hired by property damage insurance company lawyers to knock down damages for policyholders crushed by Superstorm Sandy. It’s good to see fraud prosecuted, regardless of which side is committing the fraud. Interestingly, however, the insurance industry and the US Chamber of Commerce… Continue Reading

Garlock’s “Plaintiff Fraud” Claim Fails in Kentucky Under Time Bar Law

Posted in Asbestos, Fraud by Insurers and Their Lawyers, Insurance, Litigation Industry
Garlock’s “plaintiff’ fraud” claims apparently will not be tested on the merits in Kentucky as it just lost an intermediate court appeal. Like the trial court, the appellate court tossed the case based on statute of limitations grounds. There, the jury apportioned fault among some 20 defendants, but Garlock alleged that a different four were… Continue Reading

Virtues of Open Access to Big Data on Claiming and Payment Systems

Posted in Asbestos, Asbestos Bankruptcy, Fraud by Insurers and Their Lawyers, Health Insurer Discrimination Against Persons with Chronic Diseases, Insurance, Litigation Industry, Mass Tort Issues, Science
Access to “big data” is important to multiple aspects of claiming and payments systems. For example, secrecy in data helps some health insurance companies avoid analysis and compilation of data on how often they deny access to stem cell transplants to persons with cancer. Blocking access to data also helps health insurers make it harder… Continue Reading

“State Farm Sued for Fraud for Katrina: More Altered Engineering Reports Alleged”

Posted in Fraud by Insurers and Their Lawyers, Insurance, Litigation Industry
More and more policyholders are finding concrete examples of property insurers and their experts altering expert engineering reports in order to try to create fake evidence to justify refusing to pay claims. In short, outright fraud by some (not all) insurers. State Farm is now targeted for doing the same thing during claims arising from… Continue Reading