An insurance company that previously refused to pay a wrongful death claim entered a confidential settlement. The settlement negotiated by Deb Stambaugh and Mark Dow is twenty-six times greater than policy limits! (July 2018)
The Firm settled a first-party insurance bad faith case against Farmers and Foremost Insurance Companies, and collected $2.5 million dollars for its client, who suffered injuries in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, and had been offered $500,000 dollars to settle his claim prior to litigation. (December 2017)
Albuquerque Journal reports on the New Mexico Court of Appeals Tapia ruling, wherein the Firm holds State Farm accountable to its duty to defend. Report (September 2017)
Congratulations to Mark Dow, Deb Stambaugh, and Melanie Ben on their victory before the Tenth Circuit! The Sanchez v. Moniz, No. 16-2056 opinion gives a disabled veteran his “day in court,” and requires federal agencies to comply with their legal obligation to reassign employees who have disabilities instead of using “security clearance” decisions as a pretext for terminating them. (September 2017)
Santa Fe District Judge, Sarah Singleton granted partial summary judgment declaring that Homesite Indemnity Company breached its duty to defend. (August 2017)
The Firm is fighting for families who lost their homes in the Dog Head Fire. KOAT Report
Chanel 7 News interviewed Mark Dow about the Forrest Service “Stonewalling” Dog Head Fire victims KOAT Report (2017)
Along with our colleagues Jordan Lewis, of Fort Lauderdale, and Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C.., of Boston, Berger & Montague, P.C., of Philadelphia, this law firm has filed a class action against FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. alleging that the logistics giant has engaged in misclassification of its New Mexico drivers resulting in significant underpayment. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in New Mexico, asks that the Court order FedEx to pay its affected drivers overtime under New Mexico statutory law and unauthorized deductions and other expenses under New Mexico statutory and common law. The lawsuit parallels similar claims brought by FedEx drivers around the country. (2017)
In Tapia v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., the New Mexico Court of Appeals entered an opinion favorable to the Firm’s client and solidified New Mexico’s common law requiring insurance carriers to defend their insureds when a lawsuit against an insured is potentially covered by the carrier’s policy. On May 17, 2017, the New Mexico Supreme Court denied State Farm’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari. (2017)
Albuquerque District Judge entered partial summary judgment declaring that an insurance company was wrong in its decision not to defend its insured—a local business. (2016)
After a four week jury trial, 255 Espinoza plaintiffs represented by Mark Dow received a verdict against utility companies Jemez Mountains Electrical Cooperative (JMEC) and Tri-State Generation for starting the largest wildfire in New Mexico history, which burned 156,000 acres. The jury determined that both JMEC and Tri-State were negligent in starting that catastrophic blaze, which burned for 30 days in June and July, 2011. The jury verdict holds JMEC 75% liable and Tri-State Generation 20% liable.
KRQE News Report
Albuquerque Journal Report (2015)
Paa-Ko homeowner represented by Deb Stambaugh received over $1/2 million to settle construction defects lawsuit.(2015)
Congratulations, Mark Dow! The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed Yedidag v. Roswell Hospital Corporation, and protects the physician peer review process by prohibiting employers from taking adverse action against physicians if the adverse action is related to criticism made by physicians during peer review. (2015)
Christopher Bauman and Deb Stambaugh negotiated a $5 million class action settlement for consumers who purchased property in the Mariposa East Public Improvement District prior to Albuquerque Academy’s withdrawal from that development in June of 2012.
Albuquerque Journal Report (2015)
After a week long trial, the Lea County District Court entered Final Declaratory Judgment in favor of four workers represented by Mark Dow who were injured in the oilfields of southeastern New Mexico. The District Court reinstated insurance benefits for the four workers, all of whom were seriously injured and one of whom was killed, after the insurance carrier wrongfully canceled the policy. The District Court determined that the insurance carrier violated the New Mexico Non-Cancellation Endorsement after timely receiving all premiums due. (2014)
Excess insurance carrier paid $4.5 million to settle lawsuit by insured after the Santa Fe District Court granted Mark Dow and Deb Stambaugh’s motion for summary judgment declaring that the excess carrier breached its duty to defend its insured in an underlying wrongful death lawsuit.
Dr. Willis Muncey represented by Chris Bauman received a $2.3 million jury award in a commercial lawsuit against Eyeglass World for conversion of business property.
A physician represented by Mark Dow received a favorable insurance bad faith settlement from the physician’s insurer after the insurer wrongfully refused to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit.
including insurance bad faith, construction defects, consumer rights, commercial disputes, and personal injury.