Burke achieves nearly $1 million jury verdict against fraudulent insureds

Situation

In Lincoln Benefit Life Company v. Alexander Dallal & Claire Dallal, USDC Central District of California Case No. CV 16-9307 MWF (Ex), a case of first impression in the country, Lincoln Benefit established that the Dallals had fraudulently procured long-term care benefits for 12 years.

Challenges

As this was a case of first impression, our attorneys could not rely on existing case law to prepare their arguments.

Process

Burke partners Melissa M. Cowan and Keiko J. Kojima represented our client during a 2 1/2 week jury trial.

Outcome

The federal jury unanimously awarded $619,290.49 in fraud damages and $300,000 in punitive damages. The jury also found Mr. Dallal did not qualify for policy benefits on any policy grounds and rejected the Dallals’ statute of limitations defense.