Posted on Jul 10, 2006
A New Mexico jury has awarded nearly $11,000,000.00 in damages against Allstate Insurance Company to an Albuquerque lawyer because they ruined her legal practice. Allstate Insurance Company had routinely hired Suzanne Guest, an Albuquerque lawyer, to represent the company in defense of personal injury claims; however, when Guest and Allstate were sued by two people she had injured, the company reneged on their promise to defend her. Because Guest had to sue Allstate for their failure to defend her as promised, she then had a conflict of interest and could no longer represent Allstate which was almost the totality of her legal practice. A jury awarded $1.8 million in compensatory damages and $9 million dollars in punitive damage to punish Allstate for its outrageous behavior.