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Policy Limits Bad Faith

Dot The I’s And Cross The T’s: The Importance Of Clarity In Claim Communications And The Availability Of Punitive Damages For An...

by Carlton Fields on

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently made waves in Hughes v. First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia, Inc., 343 Ga. App. 693 (2017). First, it aggrandized the role of a jury in determining the existence of an offer to...more

Northern District of Illinois Denies Summary Judgment for Insurer on Bad Faith Claim Where Disputed Facts Exist as to Insurer’s...

Following a fatal vehicle accident in 2008, a group of plaintiffs brought suit against Venture One, Inc., the owner of a truck involved in the accident. After several unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter with Venture...more

Complex Insurance Coverage Reporter – February 2018

by White and Williams LLP on

An Insurer’s Guide to Reserving Rights: Tips for Avoiding Waiver and Estoppel - Insurers know all too well that the penalties for an ineffective reservation of rights letter can be severe...more

“Myopic” Ruling Limits Policyholders’ Ability to Recover for Common Law Bad Faith in West Virginia

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has made it harder for policyholders to prevail on claims of common law bad faith against insurers in that state. In State of West Virginia ex rel. State Auto Property Insurance...more

Alabama and Mississippi Insurance Law Questions Following Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the city of Biloxi on Sunday, October 8, 2017, as a Category 1 Hurricane. The eastern quadrant of the storm’s center also passed over significant portions of...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

Ninth Circuit Upholds Bad Faith Award Despite Issues With Policy Limits Demand

by Cozen O'Connor on

In Madrigal v. Allstate Indemnity Co., Cause No. 16-55830 (9th Cir. June 15, 2017), the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury award assessing $14 million in bad faith damages, even though it was unclear whether the insurer could have...more

Florida Alert: Can a Liability Carrier be Sued for Bad Faith when Its Insured Was Not Exposed to Liability In Excess of the Policy...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Third District Court of Appeals finding recently held that in certain circumstances, a third party can maintain a bad faith claim against an insurer even if the insured is not exposed to liability in excess of the policy...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - February 2016

INSURANCE; BAD FAITH; GENUINE DISPUTE DOCTRINE - Paslay v. State Farm General Insurance Co. (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 639 203 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 - FACTS: State Farm issued a homeowners policy to Paslay, the...more

Don’t Get Burned by a “Holt Demand” in Georgia

by Cozen O'Connor on

Georgia has a very specific law called “Holt demands” concerning time-limited demands made against a liability insurance policy. In Southern General Ins. Co. v. Holt, 262 Ga. 267, 416 S.E.2d 274 (1992), the Georgia Supreme...more

California Appellate Court Takes Equitable Subrogation to the Excess

by Carlton Fields on

In California, where a primary insurer is found to have unreasonably failed to settle within its policy limits, and a judgment is later entered against their insured in excess of those limits, the primary carrier can be...more

Insurance – Bad Faith Refusal to Settle

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 25, 2016) - Where a carrier refuses to accept a settlement demand within policy limits, it risks the chance of being...more

Claimants’ Demand for Superfluous Wording In Release Does Not Excuse Insurer’s Failure to Accept Policy Limit Offer Within Time...

In Barickman v. Mercury Casualty Co. (No. B260833, filed 7/25/16, ord. pub. 8/15/16) a California appeals court affirmed a $3 million bad faith award against Mercury Casualty Co. based upon its failure to accept a policy...more

Insurance Coverage – Equitable Indemnity Claim by Excess Carrier

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Ace American Insurance Company v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (August 5, 2016) - Where an underlying insurer rejects a settlement offer within its policy limits, and...more

11th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Claim

In its recent decision in Hinson v. Titan Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14474 (11th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, had occasion to consider how diligent an insurer must act...more

When a Policy Limits Offer is Not Enough: A Cautionary Tale of a Failure to Settle Case

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a recent unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million judgment against an auto liability insurer that rejected proposed language in a settlement agreement, notwithstanding the insurer’s policy...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Insurer Is Entitled To Subrogation Despite Fact That Insured Was Not “Made Whole”

In Dufour v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co., 2016 WI 59 (Wis. 2016), Dairyland Insurance Company’s insured sustained physical injuries and damage to his vehicle following an automobile accident with an underinsured tortfeasor....more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

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What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Can an insurer be liable for bad faith failure to settle without a settlement demand?

by Dentons on

The Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, recently became the latest court to rule on this frequently-disputed issue. The court ruled that, while a primary insurer has an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Bad Faith in Multiple-Claimant Claims-Handing Situation

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a new decision, Mesa v. Clarendon National Ins. Co., 2015 WL 5059496, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 15203 (11th Cir., Aug. 28, 2015), the Court of Appeals found that the insurer’s claims-handling of multiple claimants did not rise...more

Eighth Circuit: No Bad Faith Where Insured Failed to Make a Sufficient Demand and Insurer Refused to Entertain Settlement Offer...

Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., No. 13-2362, 2015 WL 3855253 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015). Court holds it was not bad faith for insurer to pursue investigation into underlying lawsuit before considering settlement...more

Duty to Cooperate Ruling Narrows Insurers’ Ability to Foreclose Coverage for Settled Class Action Claims

Insurance policies typically include a cooperation clause, which requires the insured to cooperate with the insurer in the defense of a covered claim. Insurers routinely use this clause as a sword against their insureds by...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015 #2

California Court: Rejected Demand Within Policy Limits Not Necessary for Bad Faith Claim - Why it matters: Insurers must proceed with caution when they become aware that a settlement within policy limits is possible,...more

Third Circuit Holds That Under Pennsylvania Law An Insured Against Whom Punitive Damages Have Been Imposed May Not Recover Those...

As a matter of public policy, Pennsylvania (like a number of other states) prohibits insuring against punitive damages. But what happens if an insurer refuses to settle a case against a policyholder within policy limits and...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

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