While most of us were frolicking over the Labor Day weekend earlier this month, Mark Robinson Jr. was working strenuously to mollify a few influential insurance industry executives — and more importantly, Gov. Gray Davis.

As president of Consumer Attorneys of California, Robinson — a partner at Newport Beach’s Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson — was giving shape to a last-minute compromise to ensure passage of a bill imposing third-party bad faith liability on insurers. The measure marked this year’s highest legislative priority for the plaintiffs bar in California.

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