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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"
Letter brief urging depublication of opinion adopting a narrow interpretation of coverage exclusion
Public policy requires that Standard-form, industry-wide pollution exclusions should be interpreted narrowly so as not to yield overbroad and unintended or absurd restrictions on insurance... Read more
Duane Reed, a chain store of sundries and prescription drugs lost its location at the World Trade Center after 9/11. UP urged the court to consider the original location of a policyholder’s... Read more
Duty to defend; Torts
Policyholders are entitled to know when an insurance company provides financial incentives to deny claims and to know when their confidential information is provided to Third Party Administrators... Read more
Claims handling philosophy; bad faith; continuing duty of good faith; SLAPP suits; fiduciary; reverse bad faith.
(See also case number 601780-98)
Anti-consumer and anti-policyholder affects of denying coverage in disability cases involving both a disease that is difficult to document objectively and an overwhelming amount of medical... Read more
Do “voluntary payment” and “no action” terms bar payment by insurance company. Courts in Michigan and throughout the United States have held that, with regard to coverage, it makes no difference... Read more
This case concerns the proper scope of an insurer's duty to defend its insured in circumstances indicating that the insured may have acted in self-defense. United Policyholders takes the position... Read more