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Chicago Title Insurance Co. v. St. Paul Mercury Insurance Co., 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9627

The Court of Appeal affirmed summary judgment for GMSR’s client, St. Paul Mercury Insurance. Chicago Title’s officers and employees were implicated in a mortgage/real estate fraud scheme that resulted in nearly $100 million in settlements and judgments. Chicago Title tendered its defense to its general

Farmers Insurance Exchange v. St. Fleur, 2011 Cal.App. Unpub. LEXIS 9331

The Court of Appeal affirmed with directions a preliminary injunction in favor of GMSR’s client Farmers against its former insurance sales agent, Kettelie St. Fleur. After Farmers terminated St. Fleur, her counsel threatened to help her switch 1200 policyholders to other carriers in a manner

Bridal Images v. Truck Insurance Exchange (Feb. 10, 2010, B213083) 2010 WL 447847 [nonpublished opinion]

The plaintiff, a designer and merchant of bridal gowns and accessories, sued its insurer, GMSR’s client, for breach of contract and insurance bad faith, after the insurer refused to pay a substantial water-damage claim resulting from a broken fire sprinkler. The insurer obtained summary adjudication

Compulink Management Center, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. (2008) 169 Cal.App.4th 289

Insured must arbitrate amount of defense fees owed where defense eventually provided even if claiming bad faith delay

Peralda v. Fire Insurance Exchange (Sept. 22, 2008, B198663) 2008 WL 4292675 [nonpublished opinion]

Plaintiff insureds sued GMSR’s client, claiming a bad faith denial of their fire loss claim. The carrier denied coverage because the insured admitted to providing inaccurate information and refused to answer other questions concerning their claim. During the course of the investigation, the carrier learned

Pavey v. Farmers Insurance Exchange (July 22, 2008, D050922) 2008 WL 2811193 [nonpublished opinion]

GMSR’s client, an insurer, terminated its agreement with one of its agents. The agreement called for the agent to turn over certain materials and rights and to refrain from soliciting existing policyholders for one year. The agreement also called for certain post-termination payments to the

Lyons v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2008) 161 Cal.App.4th 880

A former professional baseball player and sometime network announcer made advances in a hotel hallway to a woman who had been flirting with him. He pulled her aside in order to do so. When she sued, he sought a defense under his homeowner’s policy, claiming

Dent v. Farmers Insurance Group of Companies (July 24, 2007, B182249) 2007 WL 2111016 [nonpublished opinion]

Plaintiff became an insurance agent with GMSR’s client, an insurance carrier. Several years later the carrier terminated her when she did not meet the carrier’s expectations. She sued, claiming that various things she had been told – about how much she might earn, about her

RLI Insurance Co. v. CNA Casualty of Cal. (2006) 141 Cal.App.4th 75

RLI held that an excess insurer cannot sue a primary carrier in subrogation for bad-faith refusal to settle, where the underlying claim was not tried and the insured suffered no excess judgment.  Laurie persuaded Division 2 of the Second District to reject Division 1’s contrary