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Johnson Janklow Abdallah Resolves Claim for Wrongful Denial of Insurance Benefits on Behalf of Client

Mar 10, 15

Johnson Janklow Abdallah is pleased to announce that a claim for wrongful denial of insurance benefits was resolved after a three-day jury trial in United States District Court, District of South Dakota. The claim was resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties just before closing arguments were set to begin on January 19, 2015.

The claim arose out of a denial of under-insured motorist benefits following a motor vehicle collision on August 24, 2010. The firm's client was seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision on August 24, 2010 by a driver who did not have enough insurance to cover the damages. As a result, our client sought compensation from his own insurance carrier for underinsured motorist benefits. Even though he had paid premiums for these benefits for many years, his claim was denied. The claim in federal court sought compensation for attorney's fees incurred in pursing under-insured motorist benefits, emotional distress related to the denial of benefits, and punitive damages.

Attorneys Scott Abdallah and Shannon Falon represented the injured driver.

Lewison v. Western National Insurance, United States District Court, District of South Dakota, Southern Division, Civ. No. 13-4031.

It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law