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Reinsurer Found Prejudiced By Disadvantageous Commutations Resulting From Ceding Insurer’s Late Notice

A legal dispute stemmed from Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s late notice of claim to Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Utica’s reinsurer. Although the parties’ facultative reinsurance certificate required Utica to provide...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2015

In This Issue: - Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith Based on Insurer’s Lengthy Investigation - Western District of...more

Excess Insurer v. Primary Insurer: Supreme Court of Missouri Recognizes Right of Excess Insurer to Recover from Primary Insurer...

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., et al. 2014 WL 6958157 (Mo. banc. December 9, 2014) - In a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a decision by the Missouri Court of...more

When "Fairly Debatable" Is Good Enough: New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms "Fairly Debatable" Standard for Insurance Bad Faith...

Two decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court have affirmed that there can be no liability for bad faith in cases where an insurer’s actions in denying a claim are deemed "fairly debatable." While these decisions show a...more

Attorney-Client Privilege

In Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that an insurer does not waive the attorney-client privilege by asserting the defense of subjective good faith in a bad faith case unless it...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

Southern District of Ohio Strikes Policyholders Class From Suit Against State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company

In Schumacher v. State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co., No. 13-cv-00232, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11857 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 2, 2015), the Southern District of Ohio struck class allegations from a putative class action alleging breach of the...more

Eastern District of Kentucky: Insurer’s Denial Of Claim Did Not Amount To Bad Faith Where Insureds Could Not Establish Malice or...

Cline v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-182-HAI, 2014 WL 7074973 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 15, 2014). After Denial of Claim for Loss from Fire on Basis of Exclusion for Criminal or Intentional Acts, Insurer wins Cross-Motions for...more

Eleventh Circuit: Summary Judgment For Insurer Improper Where Fact Question Remained About Whether Insurer Acted In Bad Faith By...

Geico Gen. Ins. Co. v. Gould, No. 14-10913, 2014 WL 7013971 (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2014) (per curium). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment for an insurance company. It...more

Property Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

Hurricane Sandy continued to generate a significant amount of litigation during 2014 which resulted in several important property insurance decisions. Most notably, as a result of Sandy and other events, the courts...more

Florida Appellate Court Blocks Discovery of Communications Between Insured and Insurer-Retained Defense Counsel in Third-Party Bad...

On September 5, 2014, the Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its en banc decision in Boozer v. Stalley, 146 So. 3d 139 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014), holding that in a third-party bad faith action, the attorney-client privilege...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for Primary Insurer on Insured’s and Excess Insurer’s Bad Faith...

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., No. SC 93792 (Mo. Dec. 9, 2014). Supreme Court of Missouri rules in an en banc decision that neither an excess judgment nor a failure to pay policy limits are essential elements...more

District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer

Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. JT Walker Indus., Inc., No. 2:08-02043-MBS, 2014 WL 6773517 (D.S.C. Dec. 2, 2014). The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina sets aside a jury’s verdict awarding punitive...more

Insurance Client Alert: Mere Mailing of Policy and Renewals Into California is Not Sufficient Basis for Jurisdiction Over Bad...

In Greenwell v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co. (No. C074546, filed 1/27/15), a California appeals court held that the use of a mailing address to send policies and renewals into California did not support jurisdiction for a California...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Finds No Implied Waiver of Insurer’s Attorney Client Privilege by Defending a Bad Faith Case Based on...

A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision, Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. the Hon. John Rea, Judge of Sup. Ct of State of Az.,2015 WL 195450, addresses the attorney-client privilege in a bad faith case. Everest...more

California Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Introduction - The California appellate courts issued an unusual number and variety of insurance-related opinions in 2014. The California Supreme Court issued an important and highly anticipated ruling on the scope of...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Policyholders May Assign Their Statutory Right to Recover Punitive Damages Arising from Insurer’s...

In an issue of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe that a policyholder may assign statutory bad faith claims under Pennsylvania’s bad faith statute,...more

Real Estate Cases: Bad Faith Filing Does Not Necessarily Mean That You Are A Bad Person

In re Sterling Bluff Investors, LLC, 515 B.R. 902 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2014) – A mortgagee moved to dismiss a real estate debtor’s chapter 11 case, or in the alternative for relief from the automatic stay. It contended...more

New York Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

Introduction - Perhaps the most significant and dramatic decision of the year played out when the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, backtracked on an earlier decision regarding the duty to defend. It first...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

Suing for Bad Faith Gets a Little Easier in Florida

In a ruling that claims merely to clarify a 14-year-old case from the Florida Supreme Court, an appellate court recently held that an insurer may be liable to a statutory claim for bad faith failure to settle, based only on...more

5th Circ. Highlights Importance Of Claim Investigation

Any insurance lawyer practicing in Texas knows that in order to show an insurance company has breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing to its insured, the insured must show “there is no reasonable basis for denial of...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending December 12-26, 2014 & January 2, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Quiet Title: investor who pooled money with two other entities to purchase property could not quiet title after the two entities recorded second version of deed that omitted investor’s name...more

First Party vs. Third Party – Who can sue for bad faith?

For the purpose of those individuals who undertake direct representations of insurers, it is significant to be able to recognize who can sue an insurer (their clients) for bad faith. Nine years have passed since the...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - December 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal - District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public...more

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