Nov 29, 2018
Vasu Addanki, a director in Betts Patterson Mines’ Seattle office, discusses the trend of plaintiffs and policyholders naming insurance adjusters as defendants in bad faith lawsuits. Vasu begins by examining the Washington State Court of Appeals’ decision in Keodalah v. Allstate Insurance Co., where the court held that an insurance adjuster may be personally liable for bad faith and consumer protection violations. He explains the glaring flaws in the court’s reasoning and discusses how the decision is a disappointing shift in bad faith jurisprudence. Vasu also describes how allowing these types of claims affects bad faith litigation and the insurance industry as a whole.