In October 2006 Ted K. Fields of Indiana was successful in obtaining a jury award of $20 million against Allstate for bad faith. The Valparaiso man proved that Allstate has had a policy for the past decade that gives its policyholders two choices -- accept a poor settlement or face a long, drawn out legal fight. Insurers traditionally have paid out 70 cents on the dollar for claims, but Mr Fields showed that Allstate uses the threat of protracted litigation to reduce its payout to a mere 52 cents on the dollar - fattening its annual corporate profits by billions in the process. Unfortunately the $20 million award amounted a tiny tap on the wrist to an insurer with $125 billion in investments at the beginning of 2006. The award is less than 1/60th of 1% of Allstate's investments - way less than the hourly fluctuation in the value of Allstate's portfolio - and it will probably have little effect on Allstate's conduct unless many other similar cases are also successful in the future.
Mediation works - so we use it regularly. In Providence, R.I., in 2014 eight female aerialists doing a hair-hang act 20+ feet above the ground were severely injured when the metal frame supporting their act collapsed hurtling them to the floor. They recently obtained a total combined settlement of $52.5-million through mediation of their claims See, Eight severely injured aerialists recover $52.5-million settlement through mediation.
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