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A Delayed Defense is a Waiver of Civil Code Section 2860

When presented with a lawsuit potentially seeking covered damages, a liability insurer owes a duty to defend and is faced with three options:1) tender the defense unconditionally and therefore control the defense, including...more

The Latest on Major Defense Verdicts in Arizona

What’s the latest news on Arizona’s civil defense verdicts? Here are some interesting defense verdicts from 2014: - Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon, L.L.C. et al. v. Old Lobos T&T, L.L.C. et al. Steak Out Restaurant...more

New York Court Dismisses Bad Faith Cause of Action

In its recent decision in Spandex House, Inc. v. Travelers Property Cas. Co. of America, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14667 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 6, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had...more

Insurance Client Alert: Denial of Summary Judgment Does Not Automatically Establish Duty to Defend

In McMillin Companies v. American Safety Indemnity (No. D063586, filed 1/20/15), a California appeals court ruled that an insurer's loss of a summary judgment motion on the duty to defend does not necessarily establish that a...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

10 Business-Related Torts to Master

If you handle business litigation matters, you need to be fluent in the most common business-related torts and their elements so you can spot the issues immediately—to either allege them or defend against them. Don’t feel...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - October 2014

In This Issue: - Florida District Court of Appeal: A Prematurely Filed Bad Faith Claim Does Not Compel Dismissal - Florida District Court of Appeal: Insurer’s Liability For Breach Of Contract Need Not Be...more

Florida District Court of Appeal: Insurer’s Liability For Breach Of Contract Need Not Be Determined Before Bad Faith Claim Ripens

Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance Company, No. 4D13-185 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Sept. 3, 2014) (en banc). Clarifying recent conflicting precedents, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held...more

Florida Appeals Court: In First-party Coverage Dispute, Ruling That Insurer Breached Contract Is Not Prerequisite to Insured’s...

Under Florida law, must a policyholder first prevail on a breach of contract action against the insurer before a bad faith claim may be filed? No, said a majority of the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, en banc (the...more

Insurer’s Liability for Breach of Contract Is Not a Condition Precedent to Insured’s Bad Faith Claim

A Florida appeals court recently held in Cammarata v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co. that an insured is not required to show that its insurer breached the insurance policy before it can bring a claim for bad faith. Although...more

Oklahoma Court Excludes Evidence of Loss Reserves

Asap v. Starnet Ins. Co., No. CIV-12-461-D, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128609 (W.D. Okla. Sept. 15, 2014) is a decision involving multiple motions in limine in connection with a trial of a breach of contract claim brought against...more

Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Recommends That Plaintiff’s Claims Be Barred in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation granting an individual disability insurer summary judgment on an insured’s claims...more

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

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