Bad Faith

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Arizona Court of Appeals Reverses $1 Million Award of Punitive Damages in Insurance Bad Faith Case for Alleged “Institutional Bad...

In Sobieski v. Am. Standard Ins. Co. of Wisconsin, 2016 WL 5436588 (Ariz.App. Sept. 29, 2016), despite upholding a bad faith judgment for an insurer conducting an unreasonable investigation and denying a claim, the Arizona...more

Seventh Circuit Holds that Insurers Cannot Challenge Policies for Lack of Insurable Interest

On October 12, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in an opinion authored by Judge Richard Posner, affirmed a district court decision finding that securities intermediary U.S. Bank, N.A. is...more

IN Catastrophes: Preparing for Hurricane Matthew Claims in the Carolinas

Thousands of homes and other buildings both on the coast and in the interior of the Carolinas have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, and ongoing flooding continues to cause damage and hinder recovery efforts. By...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Litigation Arising from Controller Buyout of Books-A-Million Under "MFW" Framework

On October 10, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued its decision in In re Books-A-Million, Inc. Stockholders Litigation. The decision, authored by Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster, is important because it applies the...more

Refusal to Pay Claims to Gain Negotiating Leverage Is Abuse of Discretion Under ERISA, Court Says

A federal district court found that Cigna Healthcare abused its discretion, and thus was liable under section 502(a)(1)(B) of ERISA, when its primary motivation for refusing to pay a hospital’s claims was to enhance its...more

Rescission: An Underutilized Tool

The rescission of an insurance policy is one of the most underutilized tools in handling insurance claims. If used properly, it unwinds the insurance transaction and the parties are restored to their position prior to the...more

Fifth Circuit: If It Ain’t Broke, Not Paying To Fix It Ain’t Bad Faith

Toney v. State Farm Lloyds, Case No. 14-40914, 2016 WL 4784012 (5th Cir. Sept. 13, 2016). After a March 2012 hail storm damaged his home in Mission, Texas, Kenneth Toney (“Toney”) filed a claim with State Farm Lloyds...more

Money, Dirt and Steel: Fall 2016 Newsletter

Statute of Limitations for Encroachment on an Easement - Injury to easement versus removal of encroachment distinguished - In our 2014-2015 Update we reported on the decision issued by the North Carolina Court of...more

No Breach Of Contract Or Bad Faith As A Matter Of Law Where Defense Counsel Agreed To Accept Rates Paid By Insurer

Feld v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., Case No. 12-1789 (D.D.C. Sept. 13, 2016). In a case where Saul Ewing represented Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (“FFIC”), the District Court for the District of Columbia granted FFIC’s...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict in UIM Bad Faith Case

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed a renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law that had been granted by the Middle District Court of Florida in a uninsured/underinsured motorist...more

Production of Insurance Company Claim Files In Bad Faith Litigation: Three Years After Cedell, Where Are We?

Bad faith litigation is complex and costly. In these types of cases, the discovery process often sets the initial tone of the lawsuit and the request for production of the insurer’s claim file is automatic. Typically, the...more

IN Indiana, Insurer Calls Out Policyholder Bad Faith and Prevails

In a recent opinion, Carpenter v. Lovell’s Lounge and Grill, LLC, et al., --- N.E.3d ---, No.33A01-1602-CT-265, 2016 WL 4701673 (Ind. Ct. App., Sept. 8, 2016), the Indiana Court of Appeals addressed — for the first time under...more

Another Day, Another NLRB Benchslap

And so the saga of the runaway NLRB continues. Last Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, widely recognized as our nation’s leader in administrative law, issued a hard-hitting opinion sharply criticizing the NLRB for its...more

In the Tenth Circuit, Colorado’s On-Going Debate over the “Fairly Debatable” Defense

A recent Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, The Home Loan Investment Co. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins. Co., 827 F.3d 1256 (10th Cir. 2016), demonstrates that, although multiple jurisdictions may recognize similar defenses...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 23 & 30, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Hearsay/Business Records: trial court abused its discretion by excluding the mortgage records, which included records from a prior servicer, where plaintiff’s witness demonstrated...more

Insurance Coverage – Cancellation of Policy and Bad Faith

Trent Mills v. AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah Ins. Exchange - Court of Appeal, Third District (September 20, 2016) - Under Insurance Code § 1861.03(c)(1), an insurer has a statutory right to cancel an...more

Bad Faith Conduct: How Bad is Bad Enough Under PA Law?

As has been widely reported, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently granted a petition for allowance of appeal in the matter of Rancosky v. Washington Nat. Insurance Co. in order to address a challenge concerning the...more

Appeals Court Upholds Default Judgment for Discovery Violations, Including Wiping Files from Laptop: eDiscovery Case Law

In Trude et. al. v. Glenwood State Bank, et. al., Nos. A15-0378, A15-1863, A15-1864 (Minn. App., Aug. 15, 2016), a Minnesota Appeals Court affirmed the trial court’s entry of default judgment for repeated discovery...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Where Declination of Defense is Grounded in a Reasonable Basis, No Bad Faith Exists Under...

Defendant Icon Legacy Custom Modular was sued in two separate state court proceedings: one in New York and one in Massachusetts. Plaintiff Westfield Insurance Company initially agreed to defend Icon as to those actions, but...more

Mainbrace: September 2016 (No. 4)

It’s hard to believe another summer has come and gone. The kids are back in school, the commuter trains are a bit more crowded, and everyone is back from their holidays, hopefully refreshed and ready to get back down to...more

How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse

Insurance practice in Texas has become somewhat rote. Typically, a petition is filed against both an insurance company (that is often not based or incorporated in Texas) and a local adjuster. In addition to a breach of...more

Court Upholds Cancellation for Failure to Exclude or Add Driver on Request as a “Substantial Increase in the Hazard Insured...

In Mills v. AAA Northern CA, NV and Utah Ins. Exch. (No. C072644, filed 9/20/16), a California appeals court held that an insurer’s cancellation of a personal auto policy was valid where based upon the insureds’ failure to...more

South Carolina Court Decides Key Health Care Case - Physical therapists win in employment lawsuit

The South Carolina Supreme Court has decided a case with great significance in the health care industry. The court overturned a ban on physicians employing physical therapists and gave guidance regarding how state agencies...more

Claim For Fraudulent Wire Transfer Under Commercial Crime Policy Found to be Covered, Although Denial Not In Bad Faith

Principle Solutions Group, LLC, an information technology company, lost $1.717 million when it became the victim of a fraud scheme for which it sought coverage under the terms of a commercial crime policy issued by Ironshore...more

Appeals Court Divided On Bad Faith Under Illinois Trade Secrets Act

In a question of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court recently addressed what constitutes “bad faith” for purposes of awarding attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party under §5 of the Illinois Trade Secret Act...more

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