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U.S. Supreme Court Significant Work

Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. Quackenbush (1996), 20th Century Ins. Co. v. Quackenbush (1994), Quackenbush v. Allstate (1996)


Appearances and Work Before the United States Supreme Court

Mr. Palmer is admitted to the United States Supreme Court and appeared in Quackenbush v. Allstate, 517 U.S. 706 (1996). The case ultimately settled for full value owed to the policyholders and claimants.

Mr. Palmer settled 20th Century Ins. Co. v. Quackenbush (1994) 8 Cal. 4th 216, literally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, following which the Petition for Certiorari was dismissed pursuant to Rule 46 of the Rules of the United States Supreme Court. The settlement Mr. Palmer created, utilized a unique strategy that funded the Prop. 103 rebate to the past policyholders as required by law, while creating a financial buffer to protect the current policyholders and shareholders to fund the Northridge Earthquake claims that were still developing. After the settlement, 20th Century Insurance Company, which was on the edge of financial insolvency, rebounded and its stock rose from $7.00 to $21.00 per share. It remains one of California's strongest companies and employers.

Mr. Palmer's appeared in the Ninth Circuit's decision in Fireman's Fund Ins. Co. v. Quackenbush (9th Cir. 1996) No. 92-15861, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 19493 (Held: The insurers' claims against the insurance commissioner's implementation of regulations were properly dismissed under the abstention doctrine, even though some were ripe, because there was a difficult and unresolved question of state law).


Additional Appearances

Mr. Palmer has appeared and represented California and United States before the Governments of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, and China.

Mr. Palmer presented two papers on the financial structure and purpose of the California Earthquake Authority (CEA), and a second paper on predictions and improvements to California insurance underwriting at the International Catastrophic Insurance Seminar in Beijing, China. He was awarded with a commemorative gift for his participation by the Chinese government.