About the Amicus Library

Welcome to the Amicus Project library.  Here you will find copies of the 400+ legal briefs United Policyholders has filed as an "amicus curiae" (friend of the court) since 1991. We file amicus briefs to help courts respect and effectuate consumers' reasonable expectations of coverage and reach fair results in coverage and claim dispute lawsuits.  In addition to calling courts' attention to helpful legal precedents, UP helps judges consider the impact of their decisions on people and businesses that suffer dire consequences when insurance companies put their own profit motives ahead of their customers' best interests.

The United Policyholders Amicus Project is made possible by the hundreds of dedicated policyholder attorneys who generously volunteer their time to write, review and edit our briefs. Click here to view the attorneys who make up our Amicus Project Team

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UP chronicled our Amicus Project in a 2011 report titled "Twenty Years Protecting, Defending and Advancing Policyholders Rights

Year:
2002
Court:
Wisconsin Supreme Court
Issue:
Scope of coverage in CGL policy
State:
Wisconsin

CGL coverage by a utility must include costs of clean up for historical property damage including environmental response costs.

Year:
2007
Court:
U.S. Supreme Court
Issue:
ERISA
State:
--United States--

Denial of disability benefits; ERISA preemption and standard of review.

Year:
2006
Court:
U.S. District Court, New York Eastern District
Issue:
Mandatory arbitration
State:
New York

Request to Intervene. It is unfortunate and unfair that mandatory arbitration is growing rapidly as a requirement for patients to receive necessary medical services. This Court should refuse to... Read more

Year:
1995
Court:
Iowa Supreme Court
Issue:
Polluter’s Exclusion
State:
Iowa

Polluter’s Exclusion; drafting history

Year:
1994
Court:
Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal
Issue:
Absolute Pollution Exclusion
State:
Florida

Absolute polluter’s exclusion; inconsistent coverage positions

Year:
2003
Court:
California Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division 3
Issue:
Scope of pollution exclusion/commercial policy
State:
California
Year:
1997
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Issue:
Arbitration
State:
Louisiana
Year:
2008
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Issue:
Duty to Defend, Advertising Injury
State:
California

The district court erroneously held that “advertising injury” insured under the CGL Policies at issue did not include “an injury caused by patent infringement even if that injury occurs during the... Read more

Year:
1998
Court:
Issue:
RICO
State:
--United States--

Rico Claims; unfair trade practices

Year:
2003
Court:
Pennsylvania Superior Court
Issue:
Violation of Unfair Practices Act to show bad faith
State:
Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania a violation of the Unfair Practices Act should be relevant evidence of bad faith. An insurance company’s violations of its own internal guidelines, manuals and procedures is... Read more