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Pennsylvania Court Awards Summary Judgment to Insurer Accused of Bad Faith

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania awarded summary judgment to an insurer accused of bad faith after denying a man’s claim for losses exceeding $1 million when a fire destroyed his home. The …

Ohio Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Insurer in Sex Harassment Case

Last month, a federal judge in Ohio’s Northern District Court ruled in favor of Zurich American Insurance Company, granting the insurer’s motion for summary judgment in a case involving a dispute over payment of two sexual harassment claims. Scott Fetzer …

Federal Judge Rejects $1M Lawyer Fees in $125K Bad Faith Case

A lawyer’s request for more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees was rejected by a federal judge in Pennsylvania. Bernie Clemens sued New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company for bad faith in federal court. The case went to trial …

Georgia Court Rejects Bad Faith Claim Citing Insurer’s Lack of Consent to Settlement

The Georgia Supreme Court denied an insured’s bad faith claim against its insurer for its refusal to pay a settlement because the insured settled on the amount without the consent of the insurer that was required by the policy. A …

California High Court Decision Provides Additional Avenue for First Party Bad Faith Claims

A recent decision by the California Supreme Court allows plaintiffs in first party bad faith lawsuits to file a separate cause of action under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL). At the same time, however, the decision provides for some …

Appraisals, Breach of Contract and Bad Faith: Is There a Connection?

One of the axioms of Texas bad faith law has always been that there is no bad faith where a carrier has not breached its duties to the insured. If you act reasonably and make a mistake, it is not …

Failed Claims Bills Revived in Florida Legislature

Emotion-packed bills that would compensate two men whose lives were turned upside down by governmental mistakes will get another chance during Florida’s 2012 legislative session after the measures died in the frantic final hours of the 2011 session. They are …