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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"
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
DeBruyn presents a critical issue regarding the rule of efficient proximate cause and Insurance code section 530 in the aftermath of this Court's opinion in Julien v. Hartford Underwriters... Read more
Resolves the important question of what standard should apply when a consumer (as opposed to a business) brings a claim challenging an alleged "unfair" business practice in violation of the Unfair... Read more
The Davaloo opinion is a pleading case arising out of a property insurance dispute. The opinion concerns whether or not an original complaint contained sufficient factual allegations such that an... Read more
Opposing a Court of Appeal Decision, UP urged that insureds (including holocaust victims) who do not have copies of their original policies be allowed to offer “secondary evidence” of lost... Read more
Under Arizona law, an insurer should not be allowed to use the “off-set” clause in the underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage in order to reduce the amount of UIM benefits paid to its policyholder... Read more
Duty of insurance company to cover claims not specifically addressed by court. Companion case to Ace Property.