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Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal Holds an Insurer’s Liability for Breach of Contract Is Not a Necessary Prerequisite for...

In Cammarata v. State Farm Fla. Ins. Co., 2014 Fla. App. Lexis 13672 (September 3, 2014), the Fourth District court addressed a challenge to an insured’s bad faith lawsuit as premature. The Cammaratas’ home sustained damage...more

Florida: Coverage Determination, Not Breach of Contract, Permits Bad Faith Litigation

The risk of bad faith litigation continues to increase for insurance companies following a Florida court’s determination that an insurer’s confirmed liability for coverage and the scope of damages – but not breach of contract...more

Florida Appellate Court: “Coverage Liability” Can Be Basis for Bad Faith in Suit Involving First Party Appraisal

On Wednesday, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an opinion concerning the prerequisites for bringing bad faith claims in Florida. In an en banc ruling, the Court held in Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Ins....more

Northern District of Texas Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Well-Control Policy Dispute

Eagle Oil & Gas Co. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., No. 7:12-cv-00133-O (N.D. Tex. Jul. 14, 2014) - Northern District of Texas dismisses bad faith claims against insurer and adjuster in dispute over coverage for...more

Third Circuit Holds Insurer’s Interpretation of Employer’s Liability Exclusion is Fairly Debatable

A recent 3rd Circuit decision, ArcelorMittal Plate, LLC v. Joulé Technical Services, Inc., 558 Fed.Appx. 205 (3d Cir. 2014) reiterates that under New Jersey law, an insurer does not act in bad faith when denying a claim that...more

Southern District of New York: Bad Faith Claim Based on Underlying Contract Claim Must be Dismissed as Duplicative

Orange v. The Travelers Indemnity Co., No. 7:13-CV-06790-NSR (S.D.N.Y. May 14, 2014). The Southern District of New York granted an insurer’s partial motion to dismiss insured’s separate claim of bad faith as...more

Time To Reconsider The Assignability Of Certain Claims

If an insurance company refuses to settle a claim, once liability has become reasonably clear and there is an opportunity to settle within limits, the defending insurer runs the risk of an excess verdict. Once the verdict is...more

California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2014

In This Issue: - Indiana Bad Faith Ruling is Reminder that Resolution of Breach of Contract Claims in Favor of Insurer Does Not Necessarily Require Disposal of Tort-Based Bad Faith Claims - Fifth Circuit Court...more

Feeling the Heat in Florida: Could Canadian Insurers Be Exposed to Florida’s Unfriendly Bad Faith Laws?

Could a Canadian insurer that only insures Canadian residents still be sued for bad faith in Florida for failing to performing certain duties that must be performed in Florida? A recent Florida intermediate appeals court...more

Stewart et al. v. BF Bolthouse Holdco, LLC et al., C.A. No. 8119-VCP (Del. Ch. Aug. 30, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ claims that defendants breached a purchase agreement and the company’s LLC agreement by acting in bad faith to...more

Except In Two Circumstances, There Can Be No Claim For Bad Faith Without A Breach of The Contract – The Houston Fourteenth Court...

In Lexington Insurance Company v. Jaw The Pointe, LLC, 2013 WL 3968445 (Houston [14th Dist.] August 1, 2013) the dispute arose from Hurricane Ike-related damage to an apartment complex in Galveston, Texas. The property...more

Inadequate Investigation By Insurer Is Insufficient To Support Finding Of Bad Faith

Tenth Circuit Holds That Inadequate Investigation By Insurer Is Insufficient To Support Finding Of Bad Faith Unless A Proper Investigation Would Have Revealed The Claim Should Have Been Paid - In Bannister v. State Farm...more

No Bad Faith Recovery Based on Insurer’s Investigation of Claims Under Connecticut Law

On certification from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, the Supreme Court of Connecticut recently issued an opinion holding that an insurer’s bad faith conduct in the investigation of a third-party...more

Anvil Holding Corp., et al. v. Iron Acquisition Co., et al., C.A. No. 7975-VCP (Del. Ch. May 17, 2013) (Parsons), and Iron...

This case involved the unusual situation of a dual proceeding in the Court of Chancery and the Superior Court. In the Chancery action, the Sellers of Iron Data Solutions, LLC (“Iron Data”) sought to compel disbursement of...more

Estée Lauder v. OneBeacon Insurance Group – Expanding the Scope of Discovery in Bad Faith Cases

On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, granted the insured’s request for the production of certain claims file material and previously sealed discovery in Estée Lauder Inc. v....more

Prompt Payment of An Appraisal Award Bars Bad Faith Per Austin U.S. District Court, Although Some Acts By An Insurer May Leave The...

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin recently held that an insurer’s timely payment of an appraisal award bars the insured’s extra-contractual tort claims. Michels v. Safeco Ins. Co. of...more

Burr Alert: The Architect's Role In The Construction Project

Recently, the Alabama courts have issued two significant decisions regarding the architect's role in the construction project, which will have an impact on owners, contractors, and subcontractors. It is important that you...more

Bad Faith Claims Cannot Be Based Solely On Breach Of Contract And Must Allege More Than Conclusory Allegations

In Merrill v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., 2013 WL 588515 (W.D.Pa., Feb 13, 2013), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania dismissed the insured’s common law bad faith claim because it was based...more

Courts Continue to Split on Whether Defense Obligation Is a First Party Benefit Under Colorado Law, but Agree Duty to Defend Is a...

In D.R. Horton, Inc.—Denver v. Mountain States Mutual Casualty Co., No. 12-cv-01080 (February 25, 2013), another U.S. District Court judge for the District of Colorado determined a liability insured seeking defense costs from...more

Another California Court Awards Attorneys' Fees in Bad-Faith Trade Secret and Patent Inventorship Lawsuit

Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California awarded more than $11 million in attorneys' fees and costs to three trade secret defendants, finding that plaintiffs who had raised a claim...more

Texas Court – Appraisal Award Insufficient to Defeat Insured’s Breach of Contract Claim

A recent federal opinion from Judge Sam Lindsay of the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, found that an insurer’s payment of an appraisal award was insufficient to defeat the insured’s breach of contract claim, and...more

Insurance Coverage: January 2013

There were no significant decisions of the Supreme Court related to coverage this past quarter. The Courts of Appeal have provided us with several more decisions on contribution and subrogation. The following are brief...more

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