Bad Faith

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“Low-Ball” Settlement Offer On Its Own Is Insufficient To Support A Claim for Bad Faith Under Pennsylvania Law

A low-ball settlement offer on its own is not enough to state a claim for a bad faith according to a federal district court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which granted the insurer’s motion to dismiss the insured’s...more

Claimants’ Demand for Superfluous Wording In Release Does Not Excuse Insurer’s Failure to Accept Policy Limit Offer Within Time...

In Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Co. (No. B260833, filed 7/25/16, ord. pub. 8/15/16) a California appeals court affirmed a $3 million bad faith award against Mercury Casualty Co. based upon its failure to accept a policy...more

Contractor Payment Rights on Public Projects affected by PA Supreme Court Decision

Contractors doing work on publicly-owned projects in Pennsylvania may find it more difficult to recover statutory penalties and attorneys’ fees if the owner withholds funds in bad faith. Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code, which...more

Insurance Coverage – Equitable Indemnity Claim by Excess Carrier

Ace American Insurance Company v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (August 5, 2016) - Where an underlying insurer rejects a settlement offer within its policy limits, and...more

Insurance News, Summer 2016

Eight Years after Bi-Economy and Panasia, What is the Law of Bad Faith in New York? Prior to 2008, the law of bad faith in New York seemed fairly well established. A claim for bad faith against an insurer, which might...more

11th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Claim

In its recent decision in Hinson v. Titan Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14474 (11th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, had occasion to consider how diligent an insurer must act...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Reaffirms Four-Corners Rule for Insurers’ Duty to Defend

An insurer’s decision whether to defend a lawsuit against its insured can be a critical issue involving tens of thousands, if not millions, of dollars for Wisconsin companies who are sued. The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently...more

Insurers Beware: Defending Bad Faith Claim May Lead to Waiver of Privileged Communications

On July 27, 2016, the United States District Court for South Carolina ordered an insurer to turn over its privileged communications. The Court explained that the insurer waived the protections afforded under the...more

Three Point Shot - Summer 2016

800-Meter Champion Berian Eventually Outpaces Nike Endorsement Suit... Or Did He? World 800-meter champion Boris Berian is seemingly capable of out-running just about anything these days. Berian is just a year removed...more

When a Policy Limits Offer is Not Enough: A Cautionary Tale of a Failure to Settle Case

In a recent unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million judgment against an auto liability insurer that rejected proposed language in a settlement agreement, notwithstanding the insurer’s policy...more

Health Update - July 2016

The Vulnerability of Healthcare Information - According to a report the Brookings Institute issued in May 2016, 23% of all data breaches occur in the healthcare industry. Nearly 90% of healthcare organizations had some...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Constitutional Limits on Punitive Damages

In Brandt v. Superior Court, the California Supreme Court held that when a plaintiff proves that an insurance company withheld policy benefits in bad faith, attorneys' fees reasonably incurred to compel payment of the...more

Don’t Mess with the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act: One Court’s Appraisal Result

Virtually all property insurance policies contain an appraisal clause, which outlines the appraisal procedure in broad terms. Those broad terms sometimes do not provide much guidance about the process, or about the effect...more

Liability for breach of obligations

Resolution of the Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation No. 7 dated 24 March 2016 'On courts applying certain provisions of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation concerning liability for a breach of...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Insurer Is Entitled To Subrogation Despite Fact That Insured Was Not “Made Whole”

In Dufour v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co., 2016 WI 59 (Wis. 2016), Dairyland Insurance Company’s insured sustained physical injuries and damage to his vehicle following an automobile accident with an underinsured tortfeasor....more

Fraudulent Joinder & Bad Faith – Explaining Another Removal Muddle

Here’s some more inside baseball on grounds for removing cases from state to federal court. In brief, the issue is this: does the “bad faith” standard added to the removal statute (28 U.S.C. §1446(c)(1)) in 2011 approximate...more

No Right to Diminution in Value Damages Following First Party Payment for Costs of Vehicle Repair

In Baldwin v. AAA Northern California (No. A142217, filed 6/13/16), a California appeals court upheld an order sustaining an insurer’s demurrer without leave to amend, dismissing a breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit...more

Rising Tide of State-Enacted Patent Reform

It started with Vermont in 2013. Since then, over half the states have enacted legislation aimed at curbing patent infringement suits from non-practicing entities. Now, the band may add another member: Massachusetts....more

Subrogation recovery did not violate the made-whole-rule and was not in bad faith per Wisconsin Sup. Ct.

It is highly unusual to find an insurance bad faith case which stems from an insurance company’s subrogation recovery. On July 6th, Wisconsin’s highest court had such a case, reversing the appellate court and holding that...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 24 & July 1, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Leave to Amend: borrower should have been granted leave to amend to assert affirmative defenses pursuant to motion filed 13 days before trial because there was no prejudice, the...more

Insurance Coverage – Genuine Dispute as Defense to Bad Faith

Clayton D. Paslay, et al. v. State Farm General Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2016) - Under the genuine dispute doctrine, an insurer denying or delaying the payment of...more

Genuine Dispute Defeats Both Bad Faith and Elder Abuse

The Paslays sued State Farm for failing to pay a portion of the damage caused to their Pacific Palisades house by a heavy rainstorm and for forcing them to move back into the house while it was still under construction. The...more

Extending the Reach of Octane Fitness Under the Lanham Act **WEB ONLY**

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit adopted and applied the Supreme Court of the United States’ rationale for an award of attorneys’ fees in patent cases to a trademark case. In doing so, the Fifth Circuit aligned...more

The Punishing Effect of Rule 11

Federal courts correct bad litigation behavior, eventually. People take being sued personally, and lawsuits can take an emotional toll on defendants, whether as an individual or as a representative of an employer. Anger...more

California's First District holding closes loophole for evading removal jurisdiction in insurance coverage declaratory relief...

California law has long held that the parent and controlling shareholder of an insured corporation has no standing to sue for breach of contract or bad faith under an insurance policy issued to the corporation. In a published...more

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