Meghan Talbot

Meghan Talbot

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Higher Education Highlights - Fall 2015

Risk managers who also happen to be attorneys are not always protected by the attorney-client privilege, according to a recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In Casey v. Unitek...more

11/12/2015 - Attorney-Client Privilege Colleges FERPA HIPAA Medical Records Risk Management Sexual Assault Student Loans Universities

Bad Faith Sentinel - September 2015

Kennedy v. Allstate, No. 15-2221 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2015). District Court recognizes possibility that insurance adjusters owe a duty of care to insureds that would be breached by failing to conduct a reasonable...more

9/21/2015 - Allstate Appeals Arbitration Bad Faith Car Accident Chapter 11 Commercial Bankruptcy Denial of Insurance Coverage Duty of Care E&O Policies Insurance Industry Motorcycle Accidents Negligence PA Supreme Court Punitive Damages Summary Judgment Travelers Property Casualty Co. Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Major Changes to Laws Protecting Minors: Pennsylvania as Bellwether for New Child Protection Legislation?

In the wake of several high-profile cases of child abuse, Pennsylvania’s General Assembly has been on the vanguard of state legislatures’ efforts to reduce the risk of harm to children. Since 2013, Pennsylvania’s lawmakers...more

8/17/2015 - Child Abuse Child Protection Laws New Legislation Public Schools Reporting Requirements

Bad Faith Sentinel - July 2015

Eighth Circuit: No Bad Faith Where Insured Failed to Make a Sufficient Demand and Insurer Refused to Entertain Settlement Offer Prior to Completing Investigation - Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., No. 13-2362, 2015 WL 3855253...more

8/13/2015 - Allstate Bad Faith Breach of Contract Car Accident Claim Denial Letters DUI Insurance Industry PA Supreme Court Punitive Damages State Farm Wrongful Death

Ninth Circuit: Relators Can’t Profit from their Own Criminal Conduct

In a matter of first impression, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a relator cannot partake of proceeds from an FCA action if he has been convicted of criminal conduct arising from his role in the fraud. A...more

7/23/2015 - Appeals Criminal Conspiracy Criminal Prosecution DOE Energy Sector Engineering False Claims Act (FCA) Relators

Pennsylvania Approves Major Changes to Laws Protecting Minors

The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed – and Gov. Tom Wolf has signed – House Bill 1276 to amend the state’s Child Protective Services Law. The amended law contains a number of clarifying revisions to the mandated reporting...more

7/2/2015 - Amended Legislation Background Checks Child Protective Services Criminal Background Checks Mandatory Reporting Laws Minors

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Possibility of Bad Faith Exists Despite Payment of Claim Where Insured Alleges Untimely Claims...

Scheirer v. Nationwide Ins. Co. of Am., No. 3:13-CV-1397, 2015 WL 1013986 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 9, 2015). Middle District of Pennsylvania denies cross-motions for summary judgment on bad faith claim, holding that material...more

5/11/2015 - Bad Faith Breach of Contract Genuine Issue of Material Fact Summary Judgment Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

Bad Faith Sentinel - April 2015

In This Issue: - En Banc Mississippi Court of Appeals Affirms Summary Judgment for Insurer, Adjuster and Employer on Bad Faith Claims Arising from Denial of Coverage and Benefits for Work-Related Injury -...more

4/28/2015 - Appeals Bad Faith Claim Procedures First-Party Coverage Insurance Industry Property Damage Workplace Injury

Bad Faith Sentinel - March 2015

In This Issue: - District of Colorado Sinks Insurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Bad Faith Claim Where Insurer Allegedly Failed To Timely Investigate Available Coverage for Boating Accident - Eastern...more

3/30/2015 - Assignments Bad Faith Boating Accidents Homeowner's Insurance Insurance Industry Insurance Investigations

District of Arizona: Employee’s Intentional, Incorrect, and Unreasonable Handling of Claim Subjects Insurer to Finding of Bad...

Haney v. ACE Am. Ins. Co., No. CV-13-02429-PHX-DGC, 2015 WL 58670 (D. Ariz. Jan. 5, 2015). District of Arizona: Court grants partial summary judgment on bad faith claim for failure of insurer to make retroactive...more

3/3/2015 - Bad Faith Insurance Litigation

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2015

In This Issue: - Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith Based on Insurer’s Lengthy Investigation - Western District of...more

2/26/2015 - Bad Faith Insurance Industry Insurance Litigation

Eastern District of Kentucky: Insurer’s Denial Of Claim Did Not Amount To Bad Faith Where Insureds Could Not Establish Malice or...

Cline v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-182-HAI, 2014 WL 7074973 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 15, 2014). After Denial of Claim for Loss from Fire on Basis of Exclusion for Criminal or Intentional Acts, Insurer wins Cross-Motions for...more

2/4/2015 - Bad Faith Cross Motions Insurance Litigation Property Insurance Summary Judgment

Bad Faith Sentinel - January 2015

In This Issue: - District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer - Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for...more

1/29/2015 - Allstate Excess Policies GEICO Insurance Industry Liberty Mutual Insurance Company Punitive Damages Summary Judgment

District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public Adjusters To Recover Amounts Due Under A Policy

Norman v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., No. 13-CV-01643-PAB-CBS, 2014 WL 6478046 (D. Colo. Nov. 19, 2014). District of Colorado holds that insured has no duty to hire own adjuster in order to receive payment, and denies...more

12/24/2014 - Bad Faith Claims Adjusters Insurance Litigation Public Adjusters State Farm Summary Judgment

Bad Faith Sentinel - November 2014

In This Issue: - Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute - Northern District of Indiana: No Bad Faith Where Insurer Has a Rational Basis for its...more

11/25/2014 - Allstate Auto Insurance Bad Faith Car Accident GEICO Homeowner's Insurance Insurance Industry Property Damage State Farm

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Mere Delay Does Not Constitute Bad Faith

Shaffer v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 1:13-CV-01837, 2014 WL 5325340 (M.D. Pa. Oct. 20, 2014). Court grants summary judgment to insurer where lengthy investigation was required to determine causation for UIM...more

11/24/2014 - Bad Faith Car Accident State Farm Summary Judgment Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

Missouri Court of Appeals Rejects Insurers’ Appeal of Jury Verdict on Bad Faith Failure to Settle, but Remands for New Trial on...

Advantage Bldgs. & Exteriors, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., No. WD76880, 2014 WL 4290814 (Mo. Ct. App. Sept. 2, 2014), reh’g and/or transfer denied (Sept. 30, 2014). Missouri Court of Appeals affirms sufficiency of...more

10/21/2014 - Bad Faith Compensatory Damages Duty to Settle Evidence Punitive Damages

Eleventh Circuit: Florida Law Does Not Equate Mere Negligence with Bad Faith

Kincaid v. Allstate Prop. and Cas. Ins. Co., No. 2:13-cv-014030, 2014 WL 3733758 (11th Cir. Jul. 30, 2014) - The Eleventh Circuit holds that under Florida law, negligence does not equate to bad faith, and under the...more

9/25/2014 - Allstate Appeals Bad Faith Bodily Injury Car Accident Negligence Release Agreements

Bad Faith Sentinel - August 2014

In This Issue: - Northern District of Texas Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Well-Control Policy Dispute - District of South Dakota: Denying a Claim for Reasons Known to be False is Not a Reasonable Basis to Deny...more

8/26/2014 - Arson Bad Faith Denial of Benefits Oil & Gas Property Damage Property Insurance

Eastern District Of Pennsylvania: Closing Protection Letter Does Not Constitute “Insurance” For Purpose Of Statutory Bad Faith...

Bancorp Bank v. Lawyers Title Insurance Corp. , No. 13–6103 , 2014 WL 3325861 (E.D. Pa. Jul. 8, 2014). Eastern District of Pennsylvania explains that while Closing Protection Letter may be an indemnity contract, it is...more

8/25/2014 - Bad Faith Contract Interpretation Indemnity Agreements Title Insurance

Bad Faith Sentinel - June 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals of the State of Washington: Bad Faith Damages May Exceed the Amount of a Reasonable Covenant - Southern District of Mississippi: Insurer Providing Coverage Opinion to Insured...more

6/23/2014 - Appeals Attorney-Client Privilege Bad Faith Insurance Industry Insureds Work Product Privilege

White Collar Watch - June 2014

In This Issue: - Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual company owner in qui tam action - Alleged illegal recruiting for...more

6/3/2014 - Colleges Criminal Prosecution False Claims Act (FCA) First-to-File Hiring & Firing Qui Tam Recruitment Policies Whistleblowers White Collar Crimes

Bad Faith Sentinel - May 2014

In This Issue: - Northern District of New York: Primary Insurer That Waited Nine Years to Tender Policy Limits to Injured Plaintiff Was Liable to Excess Carrier for Bad Faith - Middle District of Pennsylvania:...more

5/22/2014 - Bad Faith Excess Policies Foreseeability Hurricane Sandy Insurance Industry Interviews Property Damage Severe Weather

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Neither Unprofessionalism of Lower-Level Claims Employees Nor Failure to Interview Insured’s...

Honesdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Inc. v. Am. Alternative Ins. Corp., CIV.A. 3:11-1488, 2014 WL 1203317 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 24, 2014) - Middle District of Pennsylvania grants summary judgment on bad faith claim where...more

5/16/2014 - Bad Faith Condemnation Insureds Property Damage Summary Judgment

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