Saturday, March 24, 2007

Be Careful Of What You Don’t Ask For!

If you don’t ask . . . well, you know!

In Evanston Insurance Company v. Advanced Transportation Solutions, LLC, et al., 32 Fla. L. Weekly D 526 [Fla. 3rd DCA 2007], a personal injury action was settled at mediation between the plaintiffs and 3 different insurance carriers. All the parties signed a General Release, Hold Harmless and Indemnity Agreement in which they agreed not to litigate against each other. Then [you figured something was coming – right!] one of the insurance companies sought to recover its attorneys fees from one of the other carriers.

The Third District Court of Appeal held “tough” [only kidding – sort of!] – what they really held was that the carrier seeking contribution for attorney’s fees waived its right to do so when it entered into the Release Agreement without preserving its right to seek contribution.

Evanston had every opportunity to create such an agreement, particularly since Evanston was a participant at mediation during the negotiation and settlement of {Plaintiff’s} complaint.

There’s more to read in this short and informative opinion.

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