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Arizona Court of Appeals Finds No Implied Waiver of Insurer’s Attorney Client Privilege by Defending a Bad Faith Case Based on...

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision, Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. the Hon. John Rea, Judge of Sup. Ct of State of Az.,2015 WL 195450, addresses the attorney-client privilege in a bad faith case. Everest...more

California Sunshine Warms the Market: A Twist on Customer Non-Solicitation Provisions in the Golden State

Those of you reading our Employee Mobility blog posts are familiar with California’s unique approach to non-compete agreements: they are, except in a few limited circumstances, unenforceable in the Golden State. And that...more

Florida’s First District Holds a Cause of Action Exists for “Coverage by Estoppel”

In Bishop v. Progressive Express Insurance Co., 40 Fla. L. Weekly D119a (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. January 6, 2015), the First District considered a case alleging that the insurer made statements and undertook actions...more

Competing Claims Challenges And The Right To Recover

Your insured is sued, along with several other additional or named insureds. You receive a policy limits demand that is reasonable, but the limit is insufficient to settle all claims against all of the defendants. What do you...more

Gist of the Action Doctrine May Not Bar Tort Claims Arising from Negligent Performance of Contractual Duties

On December 15, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court broke its long silence on the gist of the action doctrine when it issued its decision in Bruno v. Erie Insurance Co. The gist of the action doctrine precludes a plaintiff...more

First Party vs. Third Party – Who can sue for bad faith?

For the purpose of those individuals who undertake direct representations of insurers, it is significant to be able to recognize who can sue an insurer (their clients) for bad faith. Nine years have passed since the...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: Bad Faith Claim Rejected Where Insurer Requested Examination of Claimant, Made Settlement Offer...

Stanford v. National Grange Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 11-7144 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 3, 2014). Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment on bad faith claim in dispute over payment of...more

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

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

ERISA Fiduciaries Have a Duty to Inform

SUMMARY: In this case, the court found that the employer, serving as plan administrator of a group life insurance plan providing basic and supplemental coverage, may be liable for monetary damages for breach of its fiduciary...more

How to Settle an ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case and Sleep at Night: A Checklist for Plan Trustees to Consider

Plan trustees often look to settle ERISA fiduciary breach claims brought against them as a way to put the past behind them. Assuming there is enough fiduciary liability insurance coverage available to pay the proposed...more

Insurer Agrees to $140 Million Settlement in ERISA Case Challenging Revenue Sharing Practices

Nationwide Life Insurance Co. has agreed to settle ERISA fiduciary breach claims brought on behalf of a class of retirement plan trustees that purchased annuity contracts and/or services from Nationwide for their plans....more

Texas Court Holds E&O Insurer Has Duty to Underlying Defend Fee Dispute

In Shamoun & Norman, LLP v. Ironshore Indem., Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 152803 (N.D. Tex. Oct. 28, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas had occasion to consider whether, under Texas law, a...more

Court Rejects Fiduciary Duty Breach by Claims Administrator Acting on Behalf of Plan Sponsor

In the recently decided matter of Van Loo, et al. v. Cajun Operating Company, et al., No. 2:2014cv10604 (E.D. Mich. 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan rejected allegations of a fiduciary duty...more

Insurance Regulator Too 'Aggressive,' Insurers Say

Four insurance companies sued the California Department of Insurance, claiming the agency has become "increasingly aggressive" in its efforts to enforce the state's Unfair Insurance Practices Act....more

District Court Grants Motion To Stay Pending Arbitration Over Non-Signatory’s Opposition

In late August, a federal district court in Louisiana granted a group of defendants’ motion to stay pending arbitration. Plaintiff alleged breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and fraud in connection with a trust account set...more

If You Are a Third-Party Beneficiary, Make Sure the Contract Is Crystal Clear!

In Be Clear if You Want to Have a “Third-Party Beneficiary” in Your Contract, I discussed that if in-house counsel wanted to ensure that a person or entity achieved the status of a third-party beneficiary, it was critical to...more

No Private Right to Recoup Funds Based on Corporate Practice of Medicine Violation

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled recently that the state’s corporate practice of medicine doctrine does not provide a private right of action, either express or implied, and...more

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

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

Middle District of Florida: Court Denies Summary Judgment For Insured On First-Party Bad Faith Claim Where Permanence Of Injury...

Cadle v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-1591-ORL-31G, 2014 WL 4983746 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 6, 2014). Middle District of Florida finds that insured’s bad faith claim for first-party failure to settle could not properly be...more

Indemnification and Reimbursement Sought from Insurers Based on Allegedly Fraudulent Funding Program: Fifth Third Bancorp v. Ace...

Who: Plaintiffs: Fifth Third Bancorp and Fifth Third Bank Defendants: Ace Insurance Company, Axis Insurance Company, Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, Continental Insurance Company, Federal Insurance Company,...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Strengthens Policyholders’ Ability to Pursue Consumer Protection Claims against Insurers for...

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) has made it clear that an insurer cannot avoid claims for failing to defend a policyholder merely by tendering payment to the policyholder at the last minute. The central issue...more

Is That Covered? Hail Damage

Back in May, 2014, parts of Berks and Lancaster counties were hit with a freak hail storm. With hail as large as tennis balls reported, homes and cars suffered significant damage. Hail damage is generally covered under auto...more

Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute

Eastman v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 14cv0703, 2014 WL 5355036 (S.D. Cal. Oct. 20, 2014) - Southern District of California denies motion to dismiss bad faith claim in connection with coverage dispute under homeowners...more

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