Aug 16, 2018
Michael Young, a St. Louis partner in HeplerBroom’s Insurance Coverage Group, joins the show to discuss the Missouri Court of Appeals’ decision in State ex rel. Shelter Mutual Insurance Company v. Wagner. Wagner is the first significant case to address attorney-client privilege in the wake of Grewell v. State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co., where the Missouri Supreme Court held that a plaintiff in a bad faith action has a right to access its liability insurer’s claim file. As Mike explains, Wagner clarifies whether this right of access extends to privileged communications in a claim file. He also explains why the Wagner rule is superior to adverse rulings in other jurisdictions.