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District Court Reaffirms “Genuine Dispute Doctrine,” Precludes Bad Faith Claim:
LOS ANGELES –On November 29, 2013, United States District Court...more
The California Court of Appeal in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company [(2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 262 (rehearing denied November 6, 2013)] found no California authority “standing for the proposition that there is a duty to settle...more
The New Jersey Appellate Division has held that an individual retained to serve as an arbitrator cannot act as a mediator and then return to the role of arbitrator.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that “if the parties to mediation reach an agreement to resolve their dispute, the terms of that settlement must be reduced to writing and signed by the parties before the mediation comes...more
In Reid v. Mercury Insurance Co., __ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___, 2013 WL 5517979 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 7, 2013), the California Court of Appeals held that an insurer cannot be found liable for bad faith failure to settle within the...more
The United States District Court for the Southern District of California recently considered whether the carrier’s late payment of the insureds’ economic damages eliminated a claim for bad faith and held that it does not....more
On October 7, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company that an insurer that acknowledged its insured’s liability for a third party’s injuries and...more
Under California's "one final judgment rule," a judgment that fails to dispose of all the causes of action pending between the parties is generally not appealable. (Code Civ. Proc., § 904.1, subd. (a); Morehart v. County of...more
This week's discussion focuses on the concept of strict liability for unreasonably dangerous activities as seen through the Indiana Court of Appeals case Fechtman v.s U.S. Steel Corp. that held the dumping of carbon monoxide...more
The second post of the day focuses on the Indiana Supreme Court's rejection of the very duty doctrine and application of the comparative fault act to criminal intentional torts in Santelli v. Rahmatullah....more
The New Jersey Supreme Court has issued a ruling in Willingboro Mall v. Franklin Avenue, LLC that when settlement is reached at a mediation, the terms of the settlement must be memorialized in writing before the mediation...more
In Trapp v. Naiman, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided an interesting real property case. The case began as a non-judicial foreclosure and unlawful detainer matter. The case then morphed...more
Marina Karvelas was quoted in a July 18, 2013, article published by Claims Journal, Could Medpay Be The Latest Target In California Bad Faith Claims, about a recent appeals court decision in California dealing with bad faith...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Significant Developments and Rulings
..Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement in ConAgra’s “All Natural”
Potato Class Action
..“All Natural” Case Involving GMOs Stayed to...more
In the recent decision of Schifino v. GEICO General Ins. Co. et al., 2013 WL 2404115 (W.D.Pa. 2013), and for the second time in less than a year, the district court for the Western District of Pennsylvania precluded a...more
In a matter of first impression, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District has held the exclusionary rule barring evidence of subsequent remedial measures does not apply when the remedial measure was implemented...more
During 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed seventy-one written opinions, thirty-nine in civil cases. Although the total opinion output was down somewhat from recent years, this represents the Court's highest number of...more
What is “excusable neglect” under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1)? The answer is that it depends, but generally it’s not much. That’s the first lesson from the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in In re Canopy Financial, Inc., No....more
The Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri has answered in the affirmative a question left open by the Missouri Supreme Court almost two decades ago: whether a claim for punitive damages can in fact serve as an...more
In October 2012 Paul Ceglia of New York was arrested on charges he forged documents in a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook and its chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Mr. Ceglia had brought a much publicized lawsuit...more
In its recent decision in Powell v. Cherokee Insurance Company, Case No.: 5:09-CV-00205, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky reaffirmed that in a third-party bad faith lawsuit alleging failure to...more
We previously reported on Sargon Enterprises v. Univ. of Southern California (November 26, 2012) in which the California Supreme Court made clear that expert testimony regarding lost profits may not succeed if it is too...more
Legal Byte: Objecting to your own discovery responses? Can a person, after he/she has provided responses to discovery under oath, object to his/her own responses as vague and ambiguous? ...more
The Ninth Circuit recently joined its sister circuits to find that the federal interpleader remedy does not limit an insurer's independent tort liability for damages directly and proximately caused by its conduct. Lee v. West...more
Yan Fang Du, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Company, et al.
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (June 11, 2012)
California courts are unclear on whether an insurer may be liable for bad faith unreasonable...more