Colossus Program Discovery Allowed - Wilson v. 21st Century Ins. Co. (Jan 30, 2006) Cal.App. 2 Dist.,2006, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2006 WL 216682 (Cal.App. 2 Dist.) - Insurers have generally kept secret their collaborative and monopolistic claims practices using a computer program called Collossus. This program consistently undervalues smaller personal injury claims - allowing insurers to use their financial power to impose unfair settlements on such claimants. Generally impotent where insurance industry abuses are concerned - courts have often let the insurers get away with such secrecy. However, in one recent bad faith claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing against a UIM carrier, a California woman was found to be entitled to conduct discovery into her insurer's use (or non-use) of the Collossus claims evaluation program on her case. Hopefully, in time the Collossus program will be brought out of the shadows of dark smoke-filled rooms and made subject to the legal scrutiny that it deserves.
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