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Bad Faith

Appellate Court Notes: Week of May 22, 2017

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: Released after 11:30 a.m. SC19568, SC19569 - Mayer v. Historic District Commission - The statutory grounds for aggrievement for zoning appeals do not apply to Historic...more

An Attorney Acting ‘With A Pure Heart And An Empty Head’ Is Sanctioned For Spoliating Emails

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

According to the Complaint filed in Michael Distefano and Nicole Distefano v Law Offices of Barbara H. Katsos, PC and Barbara H. Katsos, Michael DiStefano and a non-party were owners of a limited liability company that was...more

Top 10 Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, every Maryland defense lawyer knows that there is a cause of action that can be leveled against insurers for lack of good faith. Most even know that this cause of action is based on Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Summer 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Compliance programs - policies and procedures designed to prevent violations of laws,c rules and regulations – have become a big deal. That’s because government regulators and enforcers closely scrutinize companies that...more

UM, Wait a second! – Rekindled Exposure for Bad Faith Uninsured Motorist Claims in South Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court held a plaintiff can maintain a claim for bad faith handling of Uninsured Motorists Coverage (“UM”) in the District of South Carolina. In Tucker v. Peerless Insurance Company, the...more

Eleventh Circuit Reaffirms There Is No Bad Faith Unless the Settlement Offer Fully Protects the Insured

by Cozen O'Connor on

Recently, the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, reaffirmed that an insurer cannot be liable for negligently failing to settle a case unless the settlement demand provides protection to the insured against all potential...more

Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack: eDiscovery Trends

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A small Rhode Island law firm has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company after the insurer refused to pay $700,000 in lost billings following a ransomware attack on the firm that locked down the firm’s computer files...more

So, ISDA Counterparties Don’t Have to Deal in Good Faith, or Do They?

by Dechert LLP on

The implied contractual duty of good faith and fair dealing is well enshrined in the common law, including in New York and every jurisdiction in the U.S. Since, by its nature, however, the duty is not susceptible of precise...more

WIPO - UDRP: Proof of bad faith registration crucial

by Hogan Lovells on

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a panel denied the transfer of a domain name mainly based on the lack of evidence...more

Three Western Courts Hold Carbon Monoxide Is a Pollutant, But Washington Makes New Anti-Insurer Rules

by Cozen O'Connor on

Washington - On April 27, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that carbon monoxide discharged from a hot water heater was a pollutant “acting as a pollutant” and within the absolute pollution exclusion of the home...more

Florida Alert: Can a Liability Carrier be Sued for Bad Faith when Its Insured Was Not Exposed to Liability In Excess of the Policy...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Third District Court of Appeals finding recently held that in certain circumstances, a third party can maintain a bad faith claim against an insurer even if the insured is not exposed to liability in excess of the policy...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Two Recent Decisions Where Plaintiffs Made Only Conclusory...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Mittman v. Nationwide Affinity Insurance Co., No. 16-04658 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 10, 2017) - Jeremy Mittman’s car was rear-ended in a hit-and-run incident and both Mittman and his son sustained significant injuries. Mittman...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, Finding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Was Properly Exercised, Equity Dilution...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) against its directors and entities affiliated...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Position Accepted By Trial Court, And By Court Of Appeals, Was Insurance Company Bad Faith: Washington Supreme Court

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court just handed a defeat to Washington State liability insurers, holding that ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Company had a duty to defend a carbon monoxide poisoning case, notwithstanding a broad...more

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Circuit Court Award of Fees for Discovery Misconduct: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, 581 U.S. ___ (2017), the Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision delivered by Justice Kagan reversed and remanded the decision by the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, for...more

Discovery Opinions Show Limits Of Privilege And Broad Standard Of Relevance

by Carlton Fields on

Three recent opinions issued by courts highlight the scope and limitations of a party’s right to discovery of reinsurance, reserve and allegedly privileged information in insurance coverage disputes....more

U.S. Supreme Court Draws the Line: Invalidates $2.7 Million Dollar Discovery Sanction Against Manufacturer

On April 18, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court made a bold and seemingly manufacturer-friendly pronouncement in overturning a federal district court judge’s $2.7 million award in sanctions against manufacturer Goodyear Tire &...more

Pennsylvania Federal District Court: Insurer’s Reliance on “Reasonable” Interpretation of Law Does Not Automatically Bar Bad Faith

by Cozen O'Connor on

On March 13, 2017, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, rejected the argument that an insurer does not act in bad faith if it relies on a reasonable interpretation of unsettled case law. The...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19576 - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. - SC19576 Concurrence - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. One might argue this decision...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

Supreme Court Decides Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 18, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406, holding that when a federal court exercises its inherent authority to sanction bad-faith conduct by ordering a...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Legal Fee Calculations for Discovery Abuse

by Reed Smith on

Charges of discovery abuse get thrown around frequently in product liability litigation. We have not done a scientific survey, but we guess that such charges are levied against the manufacturer defendants more often than...more

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger Reignites Discussions of Federal Courts’ Inherent Authority

In recent years, discussions regarding the contours of a federal court’s inherent authority to sanction litigants for bad-faith behavior have been heating up faster than a defective tire at highway speeds. In the 2015...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

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