Insurer Successfully Sues Its Defence Counsel for Trial Loss

In a case that may be of interest to LawPRO examiners as a possible harbinger of things to come in this country, an American insurer, dissatisfied with the outcome of a suit that it took to trial, has sued its defence lawyer. A jury awarded $362,000 to the insurer, Safestep Reinsurance Inc. The decision is indicative of increasing strains on the relationship between insurers and their law firms.

We have attached an article from’s “In House Counsel” column, describing the case. We hope you find it interesting.

(The decision is ironic in a number of ways but in particular, we note that one of the principal attacks on the defence lawyer was that he had spent too little time preparing for the trial of the original action!)

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