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Duane Morris' nationally recognized Insurance Practice defends insurers and their affiliates in tort and statutory claims alleging breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, improper claims and underwriting practices, consumer fraud and extra contractual claims.

Duane Morris attorneys primarily protect insurers from bad faith claims through sound advice at the claims handling stage, based on our experience and extensive knowledge of state claims handling regulations and related laws. We regularly provide advice to insurers at the claims handling stage to minimize the likelihood that an insured will be able to use bad faith allegations as a litigation tactic to force payment of otherwise unmeritorious claims. Duane Morris attorneys can assist in formulating strategies for handling mediations and settlement conferences in underlying cases with an eye towards avoiding bad faith traps and we are frequently called upon to represent insurers in such proceedings.

When coverage litigation arises or becomes necessary, Duane Morris attorneys are experienced trial counsel and well-versed in the most efficient means of addressing bad faith allegations, from summary judgment through trial and appeal.


 
Past Seminar Materials
  Duane Morris Partner Robert Fineman to Serve as a Panelist at the "Records Management, Retention and Destruction in California" CLE Seminar, Oakland, California, March 7, 2014
 
 
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Report to NAIC on Captives: The Controversy About Principle-Based Reserves and Captives Continues
, April 01, 2014
The use by life insurance companies of captive reinsurance companies to finance XXX and AXXX reserves has been a significant and contentious issue in recent years. Some members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (the "NAIC") are deeply opposed to captive-based...

New York Appeals Court Reverses Itself in K2 Investment Group Decision; Reaffirms Earlier Ruling in Servidone
, February 25, 2014
In a decision notable for several reasons, the New York State Court of Appeals—the state's highest court—reversed itself in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. [21 NY3d 384 (2014)] and reaffirmed its earlier ruling in Servidone Construction Corp....

Group-Wide Global Insurance Capital Standards First Step - Basic Capital Mandate for G-SIIs
, January 03, 2014
As the first step in the development of group-wide global insurance capital standards, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) released for public consultation its proposal on basic capital requirements (BCR) for global systemically important insurers (G-SIIs) on December 16,...

The Development of Global Capital Standards for IAIGs and G-SIIs: Notes from IAIS Meeting on November 13, 2013
, November 29, 2013
In July 2013, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) designated nine insurance groups as global systemically important insurers (G-SIIs). Simultaneously, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) released its framework of policy measures for G-SIIs, which included the concept of...

First Ever: Global Capital Standards for Insurers
, October 15, 2013
On October 9, 2013, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) took a significant step toward developing a first-ever risk-based global insurance capital standard (ICS). The target date for development of the ICS is 2016, with full implementation beginning in 2019 after two years...