Colossus Program Discovery Allowed - Wilson v. 21st Century Ins. Co. (Jan 30, 2006) Cal.App. 2 Dist.,2006, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2006 WL 216682 (Cal.App. 2 Dist.) - Insurers have generally kept secret their collaborative and monopolistic claims practices using a computer program called Collossus. This program consistently undervalues smaller personal injury claims - allowing insurers to use their financial power to impose unfair settlements on such claimants. Generally impotent where insurance industry abuses are concerned - courts have often let the insurers get away with such secrecy. However, in one recent bad faith claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing against a UIM carrier, a California woman was found to be entitled to conduct discovery into her insurer's use (or non-use) of the Collossus claims evaluation program on her case. Hopefully, in time the Collossus program will be brought out of the shadows of dark smoke-filled rooms and made subject to the legal scrutiny that it deserves.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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