In an accident dated September 15th, 2000 in Jackson County, MO It was reported Dale Deer had stopped his truck on Interstate 70 in a construction zone. While his truck was stopped another car, driven by Paul Aldridge, ran into the back of Deer's truck.
It doesn't seem to be a very complicated incident but nearly eight years later litigation is still ongoing. Allstate was the insurer for Aldridge and after several excruciating delays settled with Deer for approximately 1.2 million dollars. Prior to that settlement Aldridge filed suit against Allstate for acting in bad faith and mishandling the case. Aldridge was basing his suit on a series of internal documents that intend to show a claims payment system that is designed to low-ball clients which allows Allstate to acquire huge profits.
Among these documents were a series of slides prepared by consulting firm McKinsey & Co. which supposedly suggest a protocol for Allstate to use to settle claims quickly and for pennies on the dollar. It also suggests they fight claimants who resist the low settlements for as long as it takes. For years if necessary.
During the litigation of this suit Jackson County Circuit Judge Michael Manners cited Allstate for contempt and levied fines against the company for not producing internal documents. The fines were cited at $25,000 a day which gave the case national attention. After several months the fines had reached over seven million dollars.
The contempt order has now been lifted as Allstate has produced the documents. Allstate is claiming they did not purposely ignore the judges' orders. They are claiming that their former attorney had failed to respond to discovery requests. In court documents Allstate stated "Allstate litigates hundreds of bad faith cases each year. It responds to discovery requests--just like the ones in this case--in many of them. There is no reason in the world for Allstate not to participate in discovery--particularly on this case, where there is an underlying judgment of $1 million."
As an attorney that deals with insurance companies on a daily basis I find it very frustrating as do my clients when insurance companies use delay tactics. This leads to lengthy litigation as well as what I consider unnecessary additional expenses.
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Speed and rain may have been the cause of an overnight fatality early this morning. The ramp from south bound Interstate 71 onto west bound Interstate 264 was the scene of a fatal accident where 58 year-old George Taylor died at the scene. The accident happened around 3:00a.m. A tractor-trailer driven by Mr. Taylor which was full of cargo turned over on the ramp killing him. Police are still investigating this accident.
The fatality on the ramp was just one of several accidents that occurred this morning in the Louisville, Ky. area. None of the others have reported serious injuries.
These accidents include an injury accident on Bardstown Road at Village Drive. This is in the Highlands area. Another was reported on the 10200 block of Dixie Highway when a car struck a tree. This is in the area of Valley High School. Another tractor-trailer was involved in an accident on Interstate 65 in the northbound lanes. The tractor-trailer jack-knifed on the stretch of Interstate 65 known as "hospital curve". The highway was closed for several hours as the tractor-trailer was carrying diesel fuel and hazardous workers were dispatched to clean the spill. Shortly before 8:00 a..m. an injury accident was reported on Preston Highway at the I-264 ramp. It is not known how many vehicles were involved or the extent of the injuries.
Rainy conditions on the roadway is a perfect reason to drive slower and exercise more caution while driving. Wet roads can often times be slick.
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