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Jury to Decide if Carrier Risked Trial Because it had Nothing Left to Lose

A federal judge in Rhode Island has cleared the way for a trial to decide whether Columbia Casualty Insurance, in bad faith, put its own interest over its policyholder’s by gambling on a trial instead of settling a claim that …

Calif. Appellate Court Affirms $1 Million Bad Faith Judgment Against Geico

GEICO General Insurance Co. refused an offer to settle Michael Mazik’s underinsured motorist claim for $50,000. Instead, the claim will cost the insurer more than $1.3 million. On Friday, a panel of the California 2nd District Court of Appeal affirmed …

Iowa Bars Bad Faith Against TPAs, but Question Unsettled Elsewhere

A split decision by the Iowa Supreme Court last week resolves the issue in one state, but the question of whether third-party administrators can be held liable for the tort of bad faith remains unsettled in much of the country. …

Federal Judge Issues Rare Summary Judgment Finding Insurer Acted in Bad Faith

A federal judge in Pennsylvania decided to skip the jury and ruled based on the facts presented in briefings that GuideOne Insurance acted in bad faith by sitting on a church’s property damage claim for six months. U.S. District Judge …

CAIF Files Amicus Brief in Keodalah Case

Fraud fighting could be seriously compromised if a state court ruling allowing bad faith suits against insurer employees is allowed to stand, the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns Washington state’s highest court. The court ruling will cause a chilling effect. …

Study: During 12 Year Period Florida 3rd Party Bad Faith Costs Totaled $7.6B

A new report from the Insurance Research Council (IRC) estimates that Florida’s third-party bad faith legal environment added an average of $106 in claim costs to every insured vehicle in the state in 2017, and resulted in a total of …

Insurers Could Face More Bad Faith Suits if N.J. Legislation Passes

Legislation pending in New Jersey could make it easier to file bad faith lawsuits against insurers. The New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act is currently under consideration by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee after having been passed by …

EPLI Part 2: Unique Coverage Issues

EPLI coverage forms present some unique coverage issues that ordinarily are not present under typical, general liability policies. These issues include those that arise under the claims made nature of many EPLI policies, the special trigger issues that are presented …

Adjusters Can be Sued Individually for Bad Faith in Washington

A recent Washington Court of Appeals ruling opens the door to bad faith lawsuits naming individual insurance adjusters. The case involves Moun and Aung Keodalah versus Allstate Insurance and Tracey Smith, the adjuster who worked for Allstate and handled his …

Missouri Legislation Would Limit Insurance Carrier Liability Settlements

A bill on Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk would limit how much money insurance companies would have to pay after accidents. The proposal affects cases where multiple people are owed money from an insurance company, such as after a car accident …