After obtaining a defense verdict in an insurance bad faith trial, Defendant filed a Memorandum of Costs to recover its costs. These costs included expert witness fees since Defendant had served a Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer on Plaintiff that Plaintiff rejected during the course of the litigation. After the hearing on Plaintiff’s Motion to Tax Costs, the court awarded Defendant costs in the amount of $103,939.65.
June 9, 2017
Congratulations to Ken Greenfield and Kate Greenfield on being featured as one of the Daily Journal’s Top Defense Cases of the week. The case was a contentious insurance bad faith matter seeking substantial punitive damages. Ken and Kate were able to convince the jury to issue a full defense verdict. The verdict was reached in only 2 1/2 hours.
The Greenfield Law Firm represented a homeowner whose property insurance claim had been denied. The case settled for an undisclosed amount.
May 2, 2017
Kenneth Greenfield and Kate Greenfield obtained a defense verdict in an insurance bad faith trial involving the suspicious theft of an insured’s 2013 Chevy Camaro. Plaintiff insured had parked his car on a street in Los Angeles for a week while he vacationed in Palm Springs. He gave the transponder key to his nephew to watch over the vehicle. When he returned, the vehicle was gone. The nephew still had the key, and there was no evidence that the car had been stolen or even towed by the police. The insurer suspected fraud, took a lengthy period of time to fully investigate by taking various witness statements and an examination under oath of the insured, but finally paid the full value of the Camaro nearly 8 months later. Before payment was made, the insured filed suit claiming breach of contract and insurance bad faith. It was claimed that the insurance company had unreasonably delayed payment of the claim, and had caused the insured severe emotional distress by allegedly inferring that the insured was criminally involved in the theft.
After a 10 day trial the jury deliberated for two hours and returned an 11-1 defense verdict. Plaintiff’s demand had been $250,000, and the defendant’s Code of Civil Procedure section 998 offer to compromise had been in the amount of $15,001. Thus, defendant was entitled to costs in an amount in excess of $70,000.
May 23, 2013
The Law Offices of Kenneth N. Greenfield represented the Plaintiffs, who owned an apartment building which was severely vandalized. Before the vandalism, Plaintiffs hired a security company to protect the property. In addition, Plaintiffs purchased an insurance policy with a major insurance company for the apartment building. Plaintiffs alleged that the security company failed to guard the property, and as a direct result, it was vandalized, causing substantial property damage. Plaintiffs submitted a claim to their insurer, but the insurer denied the claim. Plaintiffs alleged that the denial of the claim was wrongful and in bath faith. Plaintiffs settled their case against the security company for $350,000, and their case against the insurer for $150,000, for a total of $500,000.