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Rolan v. New West Health Services

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Court: Montana Supreme Court

Citation: 2022 MT 1

Opinion Date: January 4, 2022

Judge: Shea

Areas of Law: Insurance Law, Personal Injury

This case law update is brought to you by Freeway Law auto accident and personal injury lawyers in Orange County. The following is not one of our cases, but it is of some significance, and we thought we should share it with our readers for informational purposes. The information above is for informational purposes only and not to be construed as legal advice.

In this insurance dispute, the Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the judgment of the district court granting the cross-motion for partial summary judgment in favor of Plaintiffs and New West Health Services and denying Allied World Assurance Company’s motion for partial summary judgment, holding that the district court erred in part.

Dana Rolan, who serious injuries in an automobile accident, had health insurance through New West. New West denied coverage because the tortfeasor’s liability insurance paid $100,000 of Rolan’s medical expenses. Rolan filed a class action complaint alleging that New West violated its made-whole obligations. New West tendered the defense to its insurer, Allied. The district court certified the class and held New West liable for monetary losses. Plaintiffs and New West subsequently entered into a settlement. Allied opposed the district court’s ensuing motion for final judgment, arguing that the proposed settlement amount was not covered by Allied. The district court approved the settlement between New West and the Plaintiffs. The Supreme Court held that the district court (1) erred in holding that Allied was estopped from asserting a $1 million “each Claim” limit of liability under the policy; and (2) correctly concluded that Allied’s “Loss” provision did not preclude Allied’s indemnity obligation of the class’s damages.

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