The Hawaii Supreme Court recently denied AIG attempt to recover attorneys
fees and costs in a bad faith case against it and reaffirmed the principle that auto
PIP claimants who bring suit on their no-fault claims for medical benefits can often recover
attorney's fees and costs of suit even if their claims are unsuccessful.
In the case of Enoka v. AIG, Sup. Ct. No. 25291 (Feb. 23, 2006) the Hawaii Supreme
Court decided that insurers cannot recover attorneys fees from their insureds who
claim bad faith against them - unless those claims are determined to be fraudulent
or frivolous. Moreover, the Court reaffirmed that PIP claimants who sue their own insurers for payment
often may recover their attorneys' fees and costs even when unsuccessful.
Many no-fault insurers - eg. AIG - have become very aggressive in denying their own
customers claims for medical benefits. Such lawsuits and claims occur both because
the PIP claimant has been denied treatment and because of a dispute over the amount of a medical bill.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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