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

Bad Faith Blog
April 23, 2019

Pennsylvania Insurer Protected From Unfounded Bad Faith Allegation, Requiring a “Clear Conviction” of Insurer’s Bad Faith

The Western District of Pennsylvania held that an insurer did not act in bad faith but was well within its rights in denying an insured’s claim and voiding his policy.  The insured’s material misrepresentations caused the court to find that no reasonable jury could conclude that the insurer acted in bad faith in denying the claim. Mr. Felix submitted a homeowner’s insurance claim in excess of $1 million after a fire ravaged his home. The insurer assigned the case to a special investigations unit after identifying several “red flags” suggesting fraud. 

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Bad Faith Blog
June 4, 2017

Fraud and Collusion Defeat Logger’s Attempt to Enforce West Virginia Consent Judgment

Injured logger, as an assignee of claims by a timber lessee and land owner, brought an action against his employer’s liability insurer to recover a consent judgment for the $1M policy limits. After the trial court entered summary judgment in favor of the logger, the employer’s insurer appealed. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia found the consent judgment was not binding on the insurer because it was not a party to the underlying suit and the settlement and assignment were void for fraud and collusion.

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Bad Faith Blog
August 23, 2016

Ohio Appellate Court Upholds Insurer’s Privilege Claim in First-Party Dispute

Summary: In August 2012 a fire destroyed thirty-six apartment units owned by Summit Park Apartments, LLC (“Summit Park”). Great Lakes Reinsurance (“Great Lakes”) insured Summit Park and the policy provided for construction costs, loss of business income, and out-of-pocket expenses. The policy also obligated Great Lakes to pay out claims within thirty days.

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Bad Faith Blog
July 4, 2016

Ninth Circuit Affirms Zero-Dollar Verdict in Favor of Insured

Summary: After its insured, Lawrence Saks, wrongfully obtained disability benefits under his insurance policy, National Life Insurance Company sued Saks for fraud. Saks counterclaimed with a claim for breach of good faith and fair dealing. At trial, the jury returned a verdict in favor of National Life on its fraud claim and a zero-dollar verdict in favor of Saks on his counterclaim. Both sides appealed.

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