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St. Louis Injury Attorney with Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC Secures Supreme Court Victory
Attorney John Steward helped secure a victory in the Missouri Supreme Court involving an appeal of an insurance bad faith claim. Steward is of counsel for the St. Louis personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC.
The Supreme Court case stems from an appeal of a decision reached by the circuit court of St. Louis County. Prior to that case, HIAR Holding LLC, a hotel proprietor insured by Columbia Casualty, settled a class action lawsuit that alleged HIAR violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when they sent unsolicited advertisements. After that settlement was reached, HIAR assigned the claims against Columbia Casualty. Although Columbia Casualty had initially refused to indemnify the class claims, the trial court in St. Louis County ruled that Columbia Casualty owed HIAR a duty to defend and that the insurance company acted in bad faith when it refused to defend. The court further ruled that Columbia Casualty held an obligation to indemnify parties in the class action for the full settlement amount plus interest.
Upon this judgment, Columbia Casualty appealed. Fortunately, proven attorneys – including Meyerkord & Meyerkord’s John Steward – worked tirelessly on this case to ensure that the trial court’s decision was upheld. The affirmation of the circuit court’s judgment stands testament to the fact that insurance companies have a legal duty to act in good faith when honoring their clients’ policies, defending their policy holders, and indemnifying legitimate claims.
Attorney John Steward’s experience in consumer and privacy protection cases proved to be a significant driving force behind the victory. Just as he does when serving clients of Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC, Attorney Steward was able to draw from more than 15 years of experience and an unyielding level of dedication to ensure that he provided the best possible legal advocacy. While today’s victory is yet another indicator of Mr. Steward’s extensive skills and professional abilities, he remains committed to serving local residents and businesses throughout St. Louis and Missouri in his role with Meyerkord & Meyerkord. More information about Attorney Steward and Meyerkord & Meyerkord can be found on the firm’s website: http://www.stlouis-