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Bad Faith Blog

We cover current issues, highlights and best practices exclusively on claims of bad faith and extra contractual damages.

Bad Faith Blog
May 26, 2020

Washington Supreme Court Holds Insurer that Breached its Duty to Defend in Bad Faith is Estopped from Denying Coverage Absent an Applicable Affirmative Defense

The insureds sued their title insurer alleging breach of the duty to defend after Indian tribes asserted their treaty right to harvest shellfish from insureds' tidelands. The Washington Supreme Court held an insurer’s breach of its duty to defend was in bad faith because the insurer’s arguable interpretation of Washington law was not consistent with the insurer’s obligation to provide its insured with the benefit of any doubt regarding a duty to defend.

Bad Faith Blog
February 25, 2020

No Release?  No Problem!  Montana Supreme Court holds settling for policy limits without obtaining a release did not breach a duty to the insured

In High Country Paving Inc. v. United Fire and Casualty Co., after a trucking accident, Plaintiff’s counsel submitted a demand on the carrier for policy limits without releasing the insured.  The insurance carrier agreed to the settlement, and offered to continue to pay defense costs after settling for policy limits.