Larry Golub was quoted in an August 2, 2013, Daily Journal article, High Court Sides with Consumers Against Insurance Industry, (subscription required) about two recent decisions by the California Supreme Court that increase the circumstances under with consumers can sue insurance carriers, banks and other companies for unfair business practices.
The two cases, Zhang v. Superior Court of San Bernardino County and Rose v. Bank of America involve the Unfair Competition Law. Zhang says that private citizens can sue insurance companies over the way they handle claims while Rose says that federal law can serve as the basis for an unfair competition action in state court.
Some court watchers believe the rulings will lead to a new practice area for plaintiffs lawyers intent on filing unfair competition claims while others predicted it would simply prompt lawyers to add unfair competition claims to existing lawsuits.
Golub, who represents insurance companies, was skeptical that there would be a big change.
“I don’t know if you are going to see more lawsuits,” he told the paper.
Mr. Golub recently reviewed the Zhang decision on this blog, California Supreme Court Finally Decides How a UCL Claim and First Party Bad Faith Claim Can Co-Exist.