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The Most Evil Insurance Companies

The Most Evil Insurance Companies

Insurance can sometimes sound like a mobster’s racket. You pay a big chunk of money regularly, hoping you never need to cash in the benefits. When you do, sometimes the insurance company fights tooth and nail to avoid paying you what you’re owed. Naturally, fights don’t happen all...

The Cost of Bad Faith: Potential $10K Settlement Becomes $23M Judgment

The Cost of Bad Faith: Potential $10K Settlement Becomes $23M Judgment

In what can only be described as a disastrous turn of events for Progressive American Insurance Co., the insurance giant’s half-hearted communication with an at-fault policyholder turned a potential $10,000 settlement into a wrongful death judgment worth $22,663,058 plus legal...


The Secret Sauce: What is a Trade Secret and How Can You Protect It?

The Secret Sauce: What is a Trade Secret and How Can You Protect It?

Coca-Cola famously guards its signature formula with layers of protection that sound like material for a spy movie. It is kept in a vault that can only be opened by a resolution of the board of directors. Supposedly only two people in the company are permitted to know it at one time, and they are...

Six Customer List Theft Horror Stories

Six Customer List Theft Horror Stories

We all want to think that our workers are loyal and honest. Sadly, some are neither. Stealing sensitive information, such as customer lists, is often tempting for employees, who may use the information to launch their own businesses or land higher paying jobs with competitors.
In some...


How Silicon Valley Handles Trade Secrets - Google Waymo vs. Uber

How Silicon Valley Handles Trade Secrets - Google Waymo vs. Uber

In 2011, Anthony Levandowski was a star engineer at Google. Instrumental in the development of the company’s self-driving car program, he was also responsible for the worldwide mapping efforts that gave life to Google Maps.
Levandowski was famous for his unorthodox workarounds, like...


“Knowing Misrepresentation” Costs Insurer $13.5M in Bad Faith Case

“Knowing Misrepresentation” Costs Insurer $13.5M in Bad Faith Case

In litigation that lasted the better part of eight years, a Delaware Superior Court judge has ruled that Homeland Insurance Co. of New York acted in bad faith when it denied coverage to its Errors and Omissions policyholder, CorVel Corp. CorVel had been accused of improperly discounting medical...