A Swift and Speedy Settlement

A Swift and Speedy Settlement

Smith Freed & Eberhard Partner, Katie Buxman, was asked to defend an insurance company and their insured who was the owner of a duplex in Clark County, Washington. One of the tenants in the duplex filed a suit against the owner/landlord as well as the property manager, alleging that she was evicted because of her disability. The insured denied any wrong doing and stated that the tenant’s residency was terminated in accordance with Washington law and had nothing to do with her alleged disability.

Immediately upon receiving the case, an in depth investigation was done into the background of the plaintiff. Through that investigation it was discovered that she had a history of filing law suits. Based on this fact, a litigation plan was put in place to offer a quick settlement before spending money on a second defense counsel for the property manager, discovery and initial case work. They offered the sum to the plaintiff and gave her four days to accept. The plaintiff accepted and both the insurance company and the insured were extremely pleased with the quick resolution of the case.  A case that could have accrued at least four times the amount offered to the plaintiff, turned out to be a quick win for the insurance company and their insured.