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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.702

Introduced by Representatives Hosford of Waitsfield, Barnard of Richmond, Branagan of Georgia, Cheney of Norwich, Condon of Colchester, Fisher of Lincoln, Gilbert of Fairfax, Lorber of Burlington, Marcotte of Coventry, McFaun of Barre Town, Mrowicki of Putney, Nease of Johnson, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Rodgers of Glover and Spengler of Colchester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Insurance; dispute over coverage; attorney’s fees

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to award costs and reasonable attorney’s fees to a person who is insured under an insurance contract and who prevails in an action disputing an insurer’s denial of coverage under the contract.

AN ACT RELATING TO AWARDING ATTORNEY’S FEES TO A LITIGANT WHO PREVAILS IN A SUIT DISPUTING AN INSURER’S DENIAL OF COVERAGE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:


Sec. 1.  8 V.S.A. § 4727 is added to read:

§ 4727.  ATTORNEY’S FEES

A person who is insured under an insurance contract and is the prevailing party in an action disputing an insurer’s denial of coverage under the contract shall be awarded costs and reasonable attorney’s fees in addition to any other damages.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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