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Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance

by Sedgwick LLP on

In all insurance matters, all persons owe a duty of good faith, to abstain from deception, to practice honesty and equity, and to preserve inviolate the integrity of insurance. RCW 48.01.030; Appendix A. A cause of action...more

Federal Judge Rejects Insurer’s Effort to Add Materials To Claims File on Eve of Trial

A federal judge in Arizona refused an insurer’s effort eight days before trial to supplement the underlying claim file in a bad faith litigation. The insurer sought to add approximately 60 pages of documents from the...more

How Much Circumstantial Evidence is Enough for Spoliation Sanctions?

by Exterro, Inc. on

We’ve all heard, “It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.” But how you play the game is often a big part of ending up on the winning side in e-discovery. In today’s world, it has almost become normal that...more

Substantively Non-Protestable Issues (Post-Award Protest Primer #8)

In our last post, we discussed a few procedural rules that can exclude an otherwise meritorious ground from protest. There are also a number of substantive issues that the GAO’s rules exclude from review. See 4 C.F.R. §...more

Who’s Acting In Bad Faith Now? Federal Court Slams Policyholder’s Counsel on Fee Petition

Plaintiff Bernie Clemens was injured in a motor vehicle accident in August 2009. Clemens’ attorney helped him recover $25,000 in a supplementary underinsured motorist (SUM) claim, and then sued Clemens’ insurer under...more

Can Insurers Take Their Time? - Fourth Circuit Finds No Bad Faith for Delay in Investigating Construction Defect Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Construction defect claims often include coverage disputes spiced with allegations of bad faith designed to turn up the heat on the insurer. The Fourth Circuit, in its review of one such recent North Carolina case, held while...more

Dr. Phil Serves Bitter Pill To Woman Who Stole Nine Seconds Of Footage

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Television host and psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw got just what the doctor ordered when a district court in Texas awarded summary judgment on Dr. Phil’s copyright claim against the woman who sued him in 2015 for alleged false...more

District of Colorado Grants Summary Judgment for Insurer on Common Law (But Not Statutory) Bad Faith Claim Where No Evidence...

MacKinney was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sought underinsured motorist coverage from Allstate. Allstate insured MacKinney’s vehicle under three policies. The total UIM coverage under the policies was $150,000,...more

Court Grants Defendant’s Request for $18.5 Million in Attorney Fees and Costs: eDiscovery Case Law

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In Procaps S.A. v. Patheon Inc., 12-24356-CIV-GOODMAN, 2014 U.S. Dist. (S.D. Fla. Aug. 17, 2017), Florida District Judge Jonathan Goodman, in a very lengthy ruling, granted the defendant’s supplemental motion for attorney’s...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Side Deals Are Actionable Under A Bad Faith Theory

by Morris James LLP on

Kahn v. Stern, C.A. No. 12498-VCG (Aug. 28, 2017) - It is not easy to sufficiently plead a bad faith breach of fiduciary duty by a board in approving a merger when a majority of the directors were disinterested and...more

Texas House Bill 1774 and Hurricane Harvey

by Jackson Walker on

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our employees, clients, and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation caused by the storm. Your personal safety, and that of your family and loved ones, is our top...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Fiduciary Duty Claims, Finding The Complaint Failed To Plead Bad Faith

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder suit asserting breach of fiduciary duty claims against the directors of MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MW”) in connection...more

UIM Claims – Still No Bad Faith for Refusal to Settle, But….

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

South Carolina has never recognized a bad faith cause of action based upon the failure of an underinsured (UIM) carrier to settle a UIM claim. Maintaining the established precedent, the United States District Court recently...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Forum Shopping

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The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: No Bad Faith Where Plaintiff’s Failure to Perform Contractual Duties Was the Reason for Delay

On December 24, 2013, a fire destroyed Plaintiffs’ home. Plaintiffs’ homeowners’ policy, issued by State Farm, required insureds to submit personal property inventories within sixty days after a loss. Three days after the...more

Is Negligence Enough for Bad Faith? The Eleventh Circuit Rejects an Invitation to Let the Georgia Supreme Court Decide

In a two-paragraph opinion following oral argument, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court’s judgment that Nationwide was liable for either negligent or bad faith failure to settle a claim. The trial...more

Blatant Bad Faith in Discovery May Ultimately Warrant Terminating Sanctions

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CrossFit case wins sanctions for defendant's blatant bad faith - CrossFit, Inc. v. Nat’l Strength & Conditioning Ass’n, No. 14cv1191 JLS (KSC) (S.D. Cal. May 26, 2017). In this unfair competition suit filed by CrossFit,...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Finds Demand Futility Where Plaintiff Adequately Alleged That Board's Approval Of Challenged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a stockholder complaint asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against directors and executives...more

“Arising” tide for insurers: 11th Circuit takes expansive view of Prior Acts Exclusion

by Carlton Fields on

Claims-made policies often cover acts that occur before a policy period, so long as they result in a covered claim during the policy period. This is a fundamental difference between claims-made and occurrence policies. But...more

Texas’ Hailstorm Bill—Three Takeaways for Policyholders

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 10 / House Bill 1774 (the “Hailstorm Bill”) goes into effect. Proponents of the Hailstorm Bill will likely argue that the bill does not represent a significant regression of policyholder...more

Bad Faith: District Court Remands Case Involving In-house Adjuster

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court in South Carolina closed the door on removal of insurance bad faith actions where the in-house, non-diverse, claims adjuster is a co-defendant. In Aung v. GEICO, C.A. No.:...more

Insurance Bad Faith – Genuine Dispute Doctrine

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Carmen Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Company - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 19, 2017) - The “genuine dispute doctrine” provides an insurer a defense against a bad faith claim when there is a...more

China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid

by Hogan Lovells on

The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court has recently heard a case in which a domain name registrant requested the court to declare its domain name registration contracts invalid. In this somewhat unusual case, the court...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

by Dentons on

On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

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