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Nathan Thomas Aipa

Wrong Nathan Thomas Aipa?

General Counsel and Director of t...

Local Address: Hawaii, United States
KSBE
 
Background

Employment History

  • Risk and Insurance and Safety Manager
    KSBE
  • President
    P&C INSURANCE COMPANY , INC.
  • General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer
    Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate
  • General Counsel and Director of the Legal Group
    Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate
  • Risk and Insurance and Safety Manager
    Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate
  • Pitluck Kido Stone & Aipa , LLP
  • Principal Executive
    Legal Group
  • General Counsel and Director
    Legal Group
  • Partner
    Suemori & Aipa
  • Member and Director On Several Committees and Boards
    Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member and Director On Several Committees and Boards
    Native Hawaiian Bar Association
  • Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estate General Counsel and Principal Executive for Legal Group
    Native Hawaiian Bar Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • University of Redlands
76 Total References
Web References
U.S. Dept of Justice, David C. Farmer, Trustee vs. Harmon - Witness Rocco Sansone
www.kycbs.net, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Nathan Aipa, Esq., Pitluck Kido Stone & Aipa, LLP, Fax: (808) 545-4015
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Nathan Aipa, Esq., Pitluck Kido Stone & Aipa, LLP Fax: (808) 545-4015
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On November 20, 1996, I received my termination notice from KSBE from my superior, Nathan Aipa, who is the General Counsel and Director of the Legal Group for KSBE. The letter states, "This action is being taken in recognition of a fundamental philosophical difference between (1) our teamwork and management approach within the Legal Group, and (2) your view and approach to the management of the risk insurance and safety department."
At the same meeting, Mr. Aipa gave me my termination notice as President of P&C Insurance Company, Inc ., in the form of a letter from Henry H. Peters, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
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, which is a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, Inc. ; William Richardson, a former trustee and current consultant for KSBE; and Nathan Aipa, General Counsel for KSBE.
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"During the period when the formation of the captive insurance company was under discussion, I recommended to Mr. Aipa that I be transferred from KSBE to the captive in large part due to the arms-length issues. I drafted a staff report for this transfer which was submitted to Mr. Aipa for review and approval. The recommendation was that I be transferred to P&C and that KSBE contract with P&C for risk management services. The Personnel Division was consulted about the continuation of benefit programs and other employment issues if this transfer were made. I included an estimated $200,000 in the initial budget for P&C to establish and operate a separate office.
This staff report was never presented to trustees by Mr. Aipa."
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Rocco Sansone is expected to testify regarding alleged bribes, bid-rigging, excessive charges, fraud, tax fraud, non-reporting of claims, unfair claims practices, collusion with Louanne Kam, Christine Lee, Rodney Park, Wally Chin, Nathan Aipa, Henry Peters, Clyde Mark , and others, in falsifying KSBE's insurance renewal applications , which resulted in denials of coverage from Federal Insurance Co.
It is my belief that my ...
www.kycbs.net, 6 April 2014 [cached]
It is my belief that my termination was due to my refusal to obey various directives to commit tax fraud and other illegal acts given by my superiors, Henry H. Peters, Trustee, KSBE and Chairman of the Board, P&C; Nathan Aipa, General Counsel, KSBE, and Asst. Secretary, P&C; andLouanne Kam, Esq., Litigation.
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Despite this admonition, Nathan Aipa, general counsel and my superior at KSBE, orally directed me to report to him on all P&C matters. I requested this directive in writing, but this was never provided. Instead, I was called to meet with Henry H. Peters and Mr. Aipa on October 11,1996.
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In this meeting, in Trustee Peters' office, Peters' oral directive to me was that, in addition to reporting to Mr. Aipa in my capacity as Risk/Insurance & Safety Manager for KSBE, I was also to report to Mr. Aipa on matters relating to the operations of P&C. Peters also indicated that I could be replaced as president of P&C, and that he would hold Aipa responsible for any actions regarding the operations of P&C .
This arrangement, if complied with, would. place nearly complete control of the operations of P&C (vendors used, premiums charged, premium allocations, investments, dividends to the parent company, claim settlements, etc.) into the hands of Henry Peters, Nathan Aipa and Louanne Kam, Litigation Manager, KSBE.
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At a meeting later the same day with Aipa and our insurance agent, Rocco Sansone, of Marsh & McLennan, Inc.
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Mr. Aipa informed me at that meeting that I was not being transferred to P&C because arms-length was no longer an issue.
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Nathan K. Aipa, Asst. Sec.! Asst. Treasurer
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Nathan Aipa is the General Counsel for KSBE, and head of the Legal Group.
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Aipa said."
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"According to court records, the estate board of trustees was told in April 1989 by Aipa that 'no conflict (of interest) exists in the personal investments.' "
"The personal investments were made 'only after careful review of the issues and advice from the law finn of Rush Moore Craven and Stricklin ,' Aipa said.
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I drafted a staff report for this transfer which was submitted to Nathan Aipa for his review and approval before the report could be submitted to trustees. I included an estimated $200,000 in the initial budget for P&C to establish and operate a separate office. This staff report was never presented to trustees by Aipa.
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Despite this board action, Aipa would not present the staff report to trustees.
Aipa disregarded the fact that work was being performed for P&C by KSBE management and staff at no charge to the subsidiary. I, for one, spent hundreds of hours on KSBE time performing work for P&C which was never charged to that entity. Others providing "free" services included Virginia Mau, David Dunnigan, Louanne Kam, Colleen Wong, Carol Koza and Nathan Aipa.
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Aipa and Louanne Kam conspired with Sansone to keep MMI on as KSBE's exclusive broker They gave Hobbs' proprietary proposal to MMI for review and recommendations before allowing my staff report to go to Trustees.
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Over my repeated objections, Aipa and Kam directed me to have P&C continue to pay MMI the $200,000 annual flat fee.
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This letter was not previously reviewed or approved by either Nathan or myself. This is a flagrant failure to follow clear and express directives from your supervisors and amounts to insubordination. Any further incident in which you fail to follow directives will be grounds for further disciplinary action including immediate termination."
By this time I had strong suspicions that "private agreements" had been made between Nathan Aipa, Louanne Kam, Rocco Sansoneand Peter Lowe to which I had not been a privileged party.
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Another example of the disregard for "arms-length" issues, was the attempt by Aipa, Kam and Marsh & McLennan to gain "control" of P&C's claims handling by arranging to have all of P&C's policies endorsed with a "Consent to Settle" clause.
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When the first lawsuit in this case was filed in North Carolina, Aipa did not report the claim.
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Aipa assigned Lyn Anzai to handle the claim.
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As a consequence, Aipa paid the Cades firm from the General Counsel's account rather than from my insurance account.
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Nathan Aipa was the responsible attorney.
In this case, Aipa did not respond to UE's repeated requests for information and the insurance company eventually closed their file without paying any defense costs.
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Upon my telephone inquiry to Coopers & Lybrand, I was advised that Nathan Aipa had signed off on the financial statement, and that the insurance commissioner had advised that Aipa's signature satisfied the department's requirements.
Dirty Money, Dirty Politics & Bishop Estate - Part V
www.kycbs.net, 26 Feb 2006 [cached]
Nathan Aipa - A partner of Suemori & Aipa, concentrating his practice in the areas of trusts and estates, estate planning, real estate, risk management, and native Hawaiian rights.
He was also general counsel and COO of the Kamehameha Schools from 1985-2001.
RICO Lawsuit: Harmon v. Marsh & McLennan, Trustees of Kamehameha Schools, et al.
www.kycbs.net, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
NATHAN AIPA; LOUANNE KAM; RODNEY PARK; WILLIAM S. RICHARDSON; GILBERT TAM; PETER LOWE;
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Plaintiff Harmon alleges that a major reason for his terminations was his refusal to follow the directives of Henry Peters, Nathan Aipa and Louanne Kam for P&C to pay M&M substantial service fees for work that was not under contract and which could not be justified, in addition to KSBE's payments of premiums to M&M for insurance which could be obtained through other insurance brokers at substantially lower cost.
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Aipa, Kam and Trustee Richard Wong , were also attempting to improperly influence the settlement of a P&C claim involving flood damages to the property of a Bishop Estate lessee, Larry Ching.
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Plaintiff later learned that Nathan Aipa had approved P&C's annual financial statements, and that Coopers & Lybrand had not disclosed in their review the information that M&M was charging excessive fees, and that certain claims were intentionally inadequately reserved.
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Many of these documents are contained in my Personnel File as a consequence of my performance evaluation and responses to Pers-9 reprimand letters from Nathan Aipa and Louanne Kam . Some are copies of correspondence addressed to me, or copies provided to me in my capacity as Risk/Insurance & Safety Manager for KSBE or as President of P&C Insurance Company.
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On numerous occasions prior to his termination, Plaintiff had discussions with Mullen with regard to improper interference by Aipa, Kam and others in the handling of claims.
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For the next several months,Plaintiff was subjected to threats, intimidation and various abuses from Aipa and Kam for questioning the excessive fees of M&M and his transfer to P&C. In a meeting in early 1996, with Aipa and Sansone, Harmon asked Aipa about the status of his transfer. In a meeting in early 1996, with Aipa and Sansone, Harmon asked Aipa about the status of his transfer.
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Harmon was also terminated by Aipa from his position as Risk/Insurance & Safety Manager for KSBE, allegedly due to "differences in philosphy".
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Plaintiff Harmon alleges that a major reason for his terminations was his refusal to follow the directives of Henry Peters, Nathan Aipa and Louanne Kam for to pay M&M substantial fees for work that was not under contract and which was not justified .
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Louanne Kam , in a letter dated November 12, 1996, reprimanded Harmon for allegedly failing to follow an alleged directive of Aipa to Harmon to allow Kam to handle the Larry Ching flood damage claim.
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Aipa and Kam's improper interference and involvement in the handling of the claim eventually resulted in Kam's reprimand letter to Plaintiff which was used to intimidate and threaten Harmon with termination from his employment .
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Plaintiff alleges that Lindsey, Stay, Aipa, Kam, Tabangay, Allan Yee and others engaged in a conspiracy to defraud KSBE; racketeering; mail fraud; wire fraud; extortion; and violations of the Interim Sanctions provisions of the IRS Code.
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l) Nathan Aipa , Esq., is General Counsel and Principal Executive in charge of the Legal Group, KSBE, and Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer, P&C. Plaintiff was an employee in the Legal Group under Aipa's supervision. Gilbert Ishikawa, Tax Manager, also reported directly to Aipa.
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∙         Facilitating and concealing the Trustees' use of Estate assets in mergers and acquisitions of businesses and properties without performing proper due diligence, which was, in major part, the direct responsibility of the Legal Group personnel under Aipa . Examples include the Nationwide Industries, Hanford's, SoCal, The Pantry and Accessory Place acquisitions.
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But the current board still holds that the old one did nothing wrong, according to Aipa. 'There was no conflict of interest,' Aipa said. The Texas court files clearly show, however, that the trustees, their employees and associates relied on estate reports and financial data when they decided to put their own money in the deal. Estate personnel have immediate access to the high-priced and sophisticated financial expertise of such firms as First Boston Bank and Goldman, Sachs & Co. The estate, a non-profit, tax-exempt institution . . . must be very careful in structuring its investment activities so it won't imperil its tax-exempt status . The Houston investment was particularly tricky because one of the principal benefits was that the estate would receive federal energy tax credits, which the tax-exempt estate intended to sell. " This same news article went on to describe other personal investments in estate-related business deals: "According to court records, the estate board of trustees was told in April, 1989 by Aipa, that 'no conflict (of interest) exists in the personal investments.' . . . The personal investments were made 'only after careful review of the issues and advice from the law firm of Rush Moore Craven and Stricklin ,' Aipa said.
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Additional defendants were the HAK Partnerships I, II, III, IV and V; Smith-Gordy Methane Co.; SG Methane Co., Inc.; Gordy Oil Co.; L. H. Smith; R. D. Gordy; D. A. Barras; Lee H. Henkel, III ; Mitch Gilbert; Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Inc.; Maralex, Inc.; M. O'Hare; Kukui, Inc.; JGI Resources, Inc ; and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. (This is the same venture described above where the trustees and others co-invested their personal funds in the same project.) Aipa initially did not report this lawsuit to the insurance company, United Educators.
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When Harmon did report this claim to the insurance carrier, Aipa immediately took control and directed that all correspondence to or from the carrier would be made by him.
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Aipa repeatedly refused to furnish information to the insurance company regarding the claim, despite frequent and urgent requests.
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Plaintiff alleges that it was the desire of the trustees, Aipa and others to keep these questionable and illegal operations "confidential" and hidden from the beneficiaries and regulatory agencies, and was a major reason that Aipa terminated Plaintiff on November 20, 1996 . Plaintiff alleges that Aipa's actions, through his complicity, deceptions, threats, and intimidations, in collusion with some or all of trustees of KSBE; with other managers and employees of KSBE; with other officers and directors of P&C; with officers, managers and employees ofFederal, M&M, Mullen, andPricewaterhouseCoopers; and with other outside contractors, attorneys, politicians and others, constituted a conspiracy to defraud P&C and the beneficiaries of the Estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop; racketeering; mail fraud; wire fraud; extortion; and violation of IRS interim sanctions regulations .
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m) Louanne Kam , Esq., is the manager of the Risk & Litigation Dept., in the Legal Group, KSBE, and reports to Nathan Aipa. Kam was, at the time of Harmon's termination, his direct supervisor and was involved in similar activities as described above for Aipa, often taking her orders directly from Aipa, or from one or more of the Trustees.
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Rather than reduce compensation, retroactive adjustment were made in June and July 1994 to generate commissions on FDOC amounting to more than $98,000 to each Trustee . The retroactive adjustments were made at the direction of Peters, general counsel Nathan Aipa, and the principal executive of the administration group, Rodney Park (emphasis added)."
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Sansone was the agent and account executive for M&M who, working in collusion with Peters, Wong, Aipa, Kam, Tam and others, was primarily responsible for the multitudinous wrongful acts of fraud and misrepresentation perpetrated upon the Plaintiff, the estate of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, P&C Insurance Company and countless others, as detailed in the Complaint.
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See also: l) Nathan Aipa.
v) Kukui Operating Company, Inc. - This subsidiary company was formed to operate the methane gas drilling operations for Kukui, Inc. (See also: l) Nathan Aipa and u) Kukui, Inc.)
w) Dennis Fern, Pres., Kukui, Inc., and former Internal Auditor, KSBE (See also: l) Nathan Aipa; u) Kukui, Inc. and v) Kukui Operating Company, Inc)
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In the initial suit, filed in North Carolina, Aipa did not report the claim to the insurance carrier. In subsequent suits filed in Utah and Hawaii, Plaintiff did become aware of the lawsuits, and filed the claim. However, Aipa and Lyn Anzai directed the handling of the lawsuit with outside law firms.
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y) McKenzie Methane, Inc. - (see: l) Nathan Aipa)
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Harmon alleges that Katz, Matt Tsukazaki , andSabrina Toma of Torkildson, Katz, in collusion with Aipa and Colleen Wong of KSBE,acted in bad faith and made a number of misrepresentations and threats in the handling of his unemployment and liability claims against KSBE and P&C . Katz failed to respond in a timely manner, if at all, to Harmon's many offers to settle his claims out-of-court, knowingly a
Dirty Money, Dirty Politics and Bishop Estate - Part II: The Stealing Continues...
www.kycbs.net, 6 April 2014 [cached]
Nathan Aipa earned more than the trust's CEO, IRS data show
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Attorney Nathan Aipa's 2001 compensation was nearly $100,000 higher than the $321,026 paid to estate Chief Executive OfficerHamilton McCubbin and was more than double the $170,636 paid to the trust's current chief legal officer,Colleen Wong , for the year ending June 30, 2001.
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It is also double the $195,000 that the $6 billion charitable trust paid Aipa during its previous fiscal year.
Aipa, who left the estate last year and is now in private practice, said his compensation included his base salary as well as a severance package. Trust officials declined comment, saying it was a personnel matter.
Aipa, who served as the estate's first chief operating officer before stepping down, has been criticized for his role in the estate's three-year legal battles with the state, the IRS and members of the local Hawaiian community.
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Aipa is just one of several former and current employees who received big payouts in 2001. According to the estate's Form 990 filing with the IRS:
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See also: Nathan Aipa
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Town also dismissed the theft charges against Peters after the state introduced improper testimony from the estate's former general counsel, Nathan Aipa.
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School President Michael Chun earned $213,578 during the 2000 fiscal year while Nathan Aipa, the estate's former acting chief operating officer, earned $195,451.Aipa currently serves as special projects officer .
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Nathan Aipa, former Chief Administrative Officer: $195,451.
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Chief Operating Officer, Nathan Aipa, who served as general counsel under the ousted trustees, began an administrative leave with pay ($196,000 a year) pending a review of work he performed as chief legal adviser to the charitable educational trust.
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Nathan Aipa recently lost his title as the acting chief operating officer but remains at the estate in a lesser capacity. Aipa, the trust's highest paid employee at $190,000 a year had been on paid leave since last May but returned to work earlier this month.
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In many cases, the retention of the law firms was approved by Nathan Aipa , the trust's then-general counsel. Aipa currently serves as chief operating officer .
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Nathan Aipa met with the interim trustees on Monday to discuss questions raised in a scathing report filed last week that criticized more than $5.2 millionworth of legal billings to outside attorneys and accountants incurred during the height of the separate investigations by the IRS and the attorney general between Aug 1998 and May 1999 .
The outside work also was criticized as being duplicative.
After meeting with the interim trustees,Aipa, who is paid $196,000 a year, volunteered to leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation....
As general counsel, Aipa was ultimately in charge of all legal work done for the trust by inside and outside counsel....
He was appointed chief operating officer last July....
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Gen. Dwight Kealoha is serving as the trust's acting chief operating officer, filling in for former general counsel Nathan Aipa. Aipa took a paid leave of absence in May after the trust initiated an internal investigation into trust's outside law firms and accountants.
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Nathan Aipa, Louanne Kam, Lyn Anzai andColleen Wong often directly engaged these firms to handle insurance claims without the required authorization of the insurance companies, including P&C .
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Nathan Aipa, as principal executive of the Legal Group, had ultimate approval of all legal bills including P&C's.
Aipa would frequently pay these legal fees and costs from his General Counsel Account, without approval from the insurance companies. Often the amounts billed by the law firms exceeded allowable fees and costs provided in the insurance company guidelines. When, if ever, KSBE submitted the legal bills to the insurance company, many of the charges were disallowed .
This practice led to the loss of millions of dollars that were never recovered from the insurance companies. ...
See also: Hamilton McCubbin; Lyn Anzai; Nathan Aipa; Torkildson Katz...
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