August 24, 2023 |

BLG Settles $10 Million Coverage Dispute for Amount Greater than Policy Limit

BLG represented the City of Anaheim against its carrier, Security National Insurance Company, in a declaratory relief action brought by the insurer. Security National sought to deny its obligation to indemnify the City of Anaheim for a verdict rendered in an underlying lawsuit concerning an officer-involved death.

Security National alleged that the City had failed to comply with the notice provision of the policy, and thus denied coverage and refused to pay the $10 million policy limit.

BLG filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the City. The Court’s ruling on the summary judgment found that the City had, in fact, complied with the notice provisions of the policy. Shortly thereafter, the parties entered into a settlement agreement under which Security National agreed to pay not only the full $10 million of the policy, but also 100% of the attorneys’ fees expended by the city in the declaratory relief action, under¬†Brandt v. Superior Court.