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.
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
Awards and Honors
Martindale Hubbell - AV rated lawyer - Best Rating Possible
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
AVVO Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney, 10 of 10
ATLA Top 100
Lawyers.com - Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 - Top Rating Possible
National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2017
Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
AVVO Clients' Choice Personal Injury Lawyer
Expertise - Best Car Accident Lawyers in Honolulu 2019
Best Attorneys in America - Life Charter Member
Click on a box below to choose one of our 4 menus:
There is NO CHARGE for sending your case information to our law firm.
The information provided on this website is preliminary
and informational ONLY. It is not legal advice. The use of our
webpages does not establish an attorney-client
relationship. This website is copyright
1999-2020 and the contents of this website are the property of
Personal Injury Attorney William H Lawson. The Terms and Conditions of Use for this website and
here for your consideration. All rights reserved.