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INSURANCE A doctor whose disability insurer strung her along for years before denying her claim was awarded more than $85 million, including $79 million in punitives, by an Arizona jury on April 2. Joanne Ceimo, a 44-year-old cardiologist, was diagnosed with cervical arthritis after complaining of lost sensation in her dominant hand. She soon began dropping instruments at her practice and developed other impairments. In 1995, she sought disability payments from her carrier, General American Life Insurance Co., St. Louis, but didn’t get an answer until 1998, and it was no. She sued for breach of contract and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Ceimo v. General American Life Insurance Co., No. 00-CV-1386 (D. Ariz.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEYS: Steven C. Dawson and Anita Rosenthal, Dawson & Rosenthal, Phoenix; Richard H. Friedman; Friedman, Rubin & White, Bremerton, Wash. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS: Dawn M. Bergin, Brenden Griffin and Thomas Klinkel, Lewis and Roca, Phoenix Source: National Jury Verdict Reporter

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