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Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is proud of the results it has achieved on behalf of its clients and strives to continue to provide great legal representation in insurance coverage litigation matters.  As a point of reference, our Representative Cases page provides a list of some of MLR’s recent matters.

Insurance Coverage Law Blog — Holiday Break

We are taking a brief hiatus from the blog in order to celebrate the holiday season.  We look forward to continuing the Insurance Coverage Law blog in the New Year.  Everyone at MLR would like to wish you a very safe and happy holiday season.

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Insurance Company Not Permitted to Challenge Discovery Ruling

On November 26, 2013, a commissioner appointed by the Court of Appeals found that an insurance company did not have the right to challenge a determination of a trial court that it must produce certain materials in discovery. In Belanich v. Employers’ Fire Ins. Co., Cause No. 12-2-14368-4 SEA, King County

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Washington Federal District Court Addresses Bad Faith, CPA, and IFCA

On October 29, 2013, Judge Marsha Pechman of the Western District of Washington issued an opinion denying-in-part and granting-in-part an insurance company’s motion for summary judgment on claims for insurance bad faith and violations of the Washington Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA) in Bird v. American

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King County Judge Issues Significant Discovery Sanctions

King County judge Douglas A. North recently issued $50,000 in sanctions, along with an award of attorney fees, in a UIM case titled Kono v. Pacific Star Ins. Co. et al., King County Superior Court Cause No. 12-2-30494-7 SEA.  In issuing the discovery sanctions, the trial court made findings of fact and law

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PLRB Highlights Two Recent MLR Cases

The Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) has highlighted two recent MLR success stories on its Property and Liability Legal Updates page (login required).  The first case highlighted by PLRB is the Hoffman v. Foremost Signature Ins. Co., Civ. No. 6:12-cv-1534-MC, matter from the U.S. District Court in Oregon, in

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MLR was formed with the sole focus of efficiently providing the highest quality legal advice to our clients on their insurance disputes.  With this goal in mind, our attorneys routinely deliver positive results for our clients.  Although our lawyers all have big firm experience, the small firm atmosphere at MLR allows each to provide the necessary attention to detail each of our clients deserve.  Our attorneys have been able to develop substantial knowledge regarding insurance coverage issues over their years of practice, which allows us to provide unique and innovate solutions to complex insurance disputes.  MLR stands out from the crowd of other insurance coverage firms.


We take a team approach to insurance disputes.  When you retain MLR, you have the benefit of knowing that we will utilize the unique talents of everyone at the firm to achieve the best possible results for our client.  The attorneys at MLR have developed substantial experience and knowledge concerning the legal and factual issues presented in insurance disputes.  That experience and knowledge, combined with our team approach, allows MLR to develop unique and effective solutions to our clients’ insurance issues.  Our people have and will continue to provide high quality legal representation to our clients and deliver positive results on their insurance disputes.


The attorneys at MLR have exceptional experience in all aspects of the insurance claims and litigation process.  We have successfully litigated scores of insurance disputes through trial and appeal.  Collectively, we have tried approximately 200 trials.  Our lawyers have also analyzed numerous complex insurance coverage questions.  MLR is knowledgeable and experienced handling insurance disputes on property, commercial, auto, and other specialty insurance policies.  Although we primarily practice in Oregon and Washington, our attorneys have represented clients insurance disputes throughout the country.  Regardless of the content or stage of your insurance dispute, MLR is equipped to represent you.

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