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Pa. Superior Court Vacates Bad-Faith Insurance Verdict, Cautioning Against Industrywide Condemnations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a highly anticipated decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated an eyebrow-raising $21 million award for an auto policyholder and found that the insurer did not act in bad faith....more

Highest Court Affirms Insurance Company’s Interpleader

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

On March 13, 2018, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals held that an insurance company can pay the proceeds of a life insurance policy into the court when there is a dispute as to who is the rightful beneficiary. At...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews on what the White House’s intervention into Broadcom’s [dropped] bid for Qualcomm could mean for the US-based chip maker. [Hint, it involves China, and it’s not great for the big Q]....more

Federal District Courts in Maryland and Pennsylvania Address Pleading Standards in Bad Faith Claims

Poorly Drafted Bad Faith Claim Survives 12(b)(6) Motion in District of Maryland - In Barry v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 WL 724068 (D. Md. 2018), husband and wife Plaintiffs sued their uninsured motorist (“UIM”)...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Not Recoverable In Breach Of Contract Action

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach-of-contract lawsuit unless (1) the breach involves an independent tort, such as fraud and/or duress; and (2) the conduct that...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Senate Banking Committee has voted out of committee a bipartisan effort to ease Dodd-Frank regulations. The bill in question could “drastically cut” the number of banks subject to heightened Fed oversight and “would ease...more

Recent Victories for PK Law Flood Team

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The PK Law Flood Team handles litigation for a variety of carriers in several jurisdictions including federal and state courts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina,...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

Privilege Waiver: Is Your File-Sharing Site a Public Park Bench?

While courts and the Federal Rules of Evidence take an increasingly pragmatic approach to the question of when inadvertent disclosure of privileged information results in waiver, a recent federal magistrate’s ruling serves as...more

Nationwide Moves for Reconsideration Following Sixth Circuit’s revival of Data Breach Class Action

by Benesch on

On September 26, 2016, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) petitioned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its September 12, 2016 ruling that revived a class action arising out of Nationwide’s 2012 data...more

Sixth Circuit: Substantial Risk of Harm and Mitigation Costs Sufficient to Confer Standing in Data Breach Case

On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied a petition for an en banc rehearing of its September 12 decision in Galaria, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nos. 15-3386/3387). In...more

Can Disputes Related To Procurement Of Federal Flood Insurance Policies Be Litigated In State Court?

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is well-established that claim processing and wrongful denial of coverage disputes involving federal flood insurance policies belong in federal court because they present substantial questions of federal law. The U.S....more

Data Breach Standing Goes Nationwide; Sixth Circuit Says Plaintiffs Have Standing to Sue

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

The Sixth Circuit joined the growing trend of appellate courts holding that plaintiffs had demonstrated standing for data breach class actions in Galaria et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. In a recent order, the...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Recognizes Article III Standing in Data Breach Case Despite Absence of Identity Theft...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the Sixth Circuit held that allegations that personal information was stolen following a data breach was sufficient to confer Article III standing to sue to the affected individuals, even in the absence of...more

Galaria v. Nationwide: Data Breach Plaintiffs Standing Strong in the Sixth

This week, in the first post-Spokeo circuit court decision to address standing in a data-breach class action, the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that plaintiffs whose sensitive personal information has...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

Third Circuit Holds No Estoppel In Light of Reservation of Rights Letters

In its recent decision in Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Shearer, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9635 (3d Cir. 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to consider...more

Broad but not Ambiguous: Eighth Circuit Weighs In On Water Below The Surface Exclusion  

An exclusion in a homeowner’s policy for loss resulting from “water . . . below the surface of the ground” is not limited to naturally occurring water, according to a recent decision of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in...more

California Court Holds No Coverage for Individual’s Use of a Non-Owned Auto

In Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Shimon, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 1124 (opinion filed December 3, 2015; status changed from Unpublished to Published December 17, 2015), the California Court of Appeal for the Third...more

Insurance Coverage – Exclusion for Non-Covered Automobiles “Regularly Available”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company v. Shimon et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (December 17, 2015) - The exclusion of coverage for regular use of vehicles not included in the policy, sometimes...more

Court Holds That “Regular Use” Provision is Not Affected by Purpose of Trip for Car Used Exclusively by Family Member

In Nationwide Mutual Ins. v. Shimon (No. C071776, filed 12/3/15, ord. pub. 12/17/15) (hereinafter “Shimon”), a California appeals court affirmed judgment in favor of an auto insurer on a finding that coverage did not apply to...more

Conflict Resolution: Illinois Appellate Court Finds No Conflict in Defending Two Insureds, and No Duty of Primary to Excess...

by Carlton Fields on

When an insurer defends its insured under a liability policy, the insurer has a duty to act in good faith to the insured in responding to settlement offers. In Illinois Emcasco Insurance Co. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance...more

Is Nationwide Just Playing the Long Game?

by Greentarget on

This blog post originally ran on O’Dwyer’s website on Feb. 6. If you didn’t catch Nationwide’s commercial, “Boy,” during the Super Bowl warning parents about the at-home risks facing their children, then chances are you...more

Some Lessons From Berg v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co.

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 22, 2015, the Pennsylvania trial court in Berg v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., Civ. Action No. 98-813 (Pa. Common Pleas, Jul. 22, 2015) filed a supplemental opinion under Pa. R.A.P. 1925(a) in connection with the appeal...more

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