Each and every claim needs close attention, no matter how small. Below is a list of some
of the cases CDA has successfully participated in. To see a more extensive list, check out
our Litigation History PDF.
CDA was managing a claim on which both Prime Insurance Company (“Prime”) and Beazley Group (“Beazley”) were insurers. Beazley ignored CDA and Prime’s recommendations regarding the best defense strategy and they settled the claim for $6.5 million. Beazley then attempted to blame CDA and Prime for its poor decision and demanded that Prime and CDA repay them. Prime and CDA refused. Litigation ensued. Beazley’s efforts to forum-shop its claims were denied twice, with a Florida Court of Appeals affirming the district court’s ruling that Beazley’s actions against Prime and CDA were “wasteful.” Shortly thereafter, the Utah court granted Prime’s motion for full summary judgment, dismissing all of Beazley’s claims.
Plaintiff alleged that the insured’s trailer swerved into his lane, struck his vehicle which caused him to crash into the guardrail. Prior to trial, the plaintiff demanded $75,000 to settle the case. We did not make an offer. At trial, the evidence showed that the plaintiff did in-fact cause the accident. The jury came back with a defense verdict.
The plaintiff alleged that defendant’s employees breached the peace while they were attempting to repossess her vehicle. The trial judge granted insured’s motion for directed verdict on all counts, entering a judgment in favor of the defendant and against the plaintiff, and dismissing the lawsuit, with prejudice.
A backcountry skiing outfitter insured by Prime, Utah Mountain Adventures, Inc., was involved in an avalanche where one of the participants, Doug Green, was killed. CDA was able to immediately assist by mitigating media pressure and diffusing what may have otherwise been a public relations nightmare. With the Insured’s help, CDA was also able to reach out to the family of the deceased person and resolve the claim for $30,000 – the approximate cost of funeral and travel expenses – even though the family had hired representation that had previously demanded a payment of 10 times that amount.
The plaintiff had drowned while participating on a guided whitewater rafting trip offered by an insured. We defended our insured by arguing that the liability waiver form signed by the plaintiff barred his recovery. The court agreed with us and upheld the liability waiver. That determination was later upheld on appeal, creating new case law in California regarding the effectiveness of signed pre-accident liability waiver forms.