Privilege Protections for Insurance Coverage Counsel in Bad-Faith Litigation

In a thorough article published in DRI’s In-House Defense Quarterly, lawyers Dan Kohane and Sean Griffin, along with soon-to-be lawyer John Ewell, discuss recent court decisions eroding the Insurance Claim Deniedattorney–client privilege and work-product protections for claims files and other communications in bad-faith litigation.

From these decisions, the authors conclude that “[t]oday, insurance companies cannot assume that their communications with their attorneys will remain confidential.”  The authors do not simply identify the issue; rather, they advocate for a “better rule” modeled after the West Virginia Supreme Court’s decision in Montpelier U.S. Ins. Co. v. Bloom, 757 S.E.2d 788 (W. Va. 2014), a decision that PoP profiled in this post.

The article also contains a host of practice pointers for insurers and their counsel to “help them protect their coverage file from discovery.” I commend this well-researched article for your consideration.   And for additional information see the following posts: Court Rejects Privilege for Insurer’s Claims File and Attorney Communications and Court Rejects Privilege for Emails of Attorney Claims Specialist.

Dan D. Kohane, Sean Griffin, & John R. Ewell, Practical Solutions to Fend Off the Attack on the Confidentiality of Insurer-Coverage Counsel Communications, In-House Defense Quarterly, at p. 42 (Spring 2016).  My thanks to DRI for allowing republication of this article.