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Bottini v. GEICO: Parties to Bad Faith Action Not Bound by $30.8 million-dollar Verdict Without Appellate Review

For years, when a bad faith action was brought pursuant to a jury verdict in excess of policy limits in the underlying UM claim, everyone assumed the jury verdict was binding in the bad faith action. Then, Bottini v. GEICO...more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on UM Carriers’ Duty to Settle Prior to Judgment

by Sands Anderson PC on

Recently, in Ebenezer Manu v. GEICO Casualty Company, the Supreme Court of Virginia clarified the issue of when an insurance provider has a duty to offer a good faith settlement to its insured when the accident was the fault...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Insured’s Summary Judgment Win Concluding that Insurer’s Negligence is Insufficient to Breach Implied Duty...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

McDaniel v. Govt. Empls. Ins. Co., No. 14-17203, 2017 WL 892516 (9th Cir. Mar. 7, 2017) - On cross-motions for summary judgment, the District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled in favor of Amy McDaniel,...more

Insurance Coverage – Exclusion for Vehicles “Normally Made Available”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Purchasing optional liability coverage for employees’ foreseeable personal use of company vehicles can prevent your employees from being financially at risk. Javier Medina v. Geico Indemnity Company ...more

Alaska Creates Exception to General Rule that Injured Party Cannot Sue Insured’s Carrier

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Supreme Court of Alaska in Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 2017 WL 382648 (Alaska 2017) recently decided in a 3-2 decision that an insurer who voluntarily assumed the responsibility for cleaning up an...more

Court Finds Customary Use of Work Van for Personal Purposes is Regular Use and Not Covered Under Employee’s Personal Auto Policy

In Medina v. GEICO Indemnity (No. F072548, filed 2/8/17), a California appeals court ruled that a work van admittedly furnished to an employee for both business and personal purposes, being used for personal purposes at the...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Jurisdiction Based On Contract Interpretation

by Morris James LLP on

As this decision explains, the Court of Chancery will not have jurisdiction based on the claim an injunction is needed to force a defendant to comply with the proper interpretation of a contract....more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Jury’s Bad Faith Verdict

by Carlton Fields on

It feels like a black swan event: last month, in GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Harvey, No. 4D15-2724 (Fla. Ct. App. Jan. 4, 2017), a Florida appellate panel unanimously overturned a jury verdict, on the ground that the plaintiff’s...more

Florida 4th DCA Reiterates Insurers Negligence Not Enough to Sustain Bad Faith Claim

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Directs Judgment to be Entered in Favor of Insurer - In GEICO v. Harvey, (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 4, 2017), Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in denying the insurer’s motion for directed...more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies “Permanency” Requirement under Florida Bad Faith Statute

by Carlton Fields on

In Cadle v. GEICO Ins. Co., Case No. 15-11283 (11th Cir. Sept. 30, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that GEICO had not acted in bad faith when it failed to settle a claim after the insured did not provide any evidence of...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Law Of Issue Preclusion In Arbitration

by Morris James LLP on

This decision addresses issues that may arise when there are successive arbitrations involving the same basic set of facts, if different parties. It concludes that when engaging in the limited judicial review which asks...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

Where Does a Third Party “Stand” on Liens?

Dion v. William Robert Batten, Sr. (8/2/16) Facts and Procedural History: Plaintiff was employed by Neuwirth as a servicing agent. In the course and scope of his employment with Neuwirth, he was involved in a car...more

Not Seeing Double: In Reversal, New York Court Holds That Third-Party Liability Payments May Not Offset UIM Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

In New York, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage “does not function … to fully compensate … insureds for their injuries.” Weiss v. Tri-State Consumer Ins. Co., 98 A.D.3d 1107, 951 N.Y.S.2d 191 (2d Dep’t 2012). UIM...more

Sloppy Claims Handling Exposes Insurer to Bad Faith Claims

by Carlton Fields on

A Geico insured, with a $10,000/$20,000 liability policy, was involved in a three-car collision resulting in the death and serious injury of two occupants in one of the vehicles. The insured reported the accident to Geico the...more

N.Y. High Court Denies Facility Fees for Office Surgery

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

New York State surgeons who operate in their offices took a hit on March 31, when that state’s highest court upheld a ruling that no-fault insurance companies are not required to pay a facility fee—only the professional fee....more

Penalty Declined – Party Escapes Summary Judgment Despite Evasive Discovery Responses

On February 17, 2016, the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District in People ex rel. Government Employees Insurance Company (“GEICO”) v. Cruz (Court of Appeal D067061, Superior Court Case 37-2013-00029878),...more

FLSA Administrative Exemption – It Is Not What You Think It Is

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The number one class action lawsuit for several years running is FLSA claims for overtime pay. The lawsuits can be based on inaccurately recorded or calculated work hours, work hours before “going on the clock” or after...more

Fourth Circuit Says Insurance Investigators Do Not Qualify for Overtime Exemption

Property and liability insurance carriers typically employ inspectors whose jobs involve investigations in support of their claims adjustment functions. Last month, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North...more

Are Your Administrative Employees Really Exempt From Overtime Pay?

by Smith Anderson on

On December 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that insurance investigators who work in a special investigative unit of GEICO’s claims department do not come within the administrative exemption under the...more

Typo Renders Proposal For Settlement Ambiguous ? No Fees Awarded

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In GEICO v. Ryan, No. 4D13-2615 (Fla. 4th DCA, Mar. 11, 2015), the Court reversed the Trial Court's award of attorney's fees in favor of the insured because the "Proposal for Settlement contains a patent ambiguity--spelling...more

If you ask for “Full Coverage” Your Insurer has no Duty to provide it! Get an Independent Agent to Advise You!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg cringes when interviewing a client and hearing the response “I have Full Coverage.” While it certainly beats “I have no coverage” or “I have minimum coverage”, it...more

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

by Saul Ewing LLP on

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

Bad Faith Sentinel - January 2015

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In This Issue: - District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer - Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for...more

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