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HTMLVictory On Coverage Issues, On Ambiguous Basis, Did Not Preclude Bad Faith Against Primary And Excess Insurers Concerning Duty To Defend Or Settle; Conduct Of Defense Counsel In Deciding Not To Request Special Interrogatories Remained An Issue; And Insured¿s Expert Testimony Was Excluded On Issue Of Actual Conflict In Appointing Defense Counsel, But All Experts Could Otherwise Testify (Philadelphia Federal)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 1, 2014
In Charter Oak Insurance Company v. Maglio Fresh Foods, a primary and excess carrier sought declaratory judgments that they owed the insured no coverage duty under their policies. The insured counterclaimed for bad faith. The parties agreed to let the court decided the coverage issues before...

 

HTMLWhere Policy Exclusion Was Clear, And Insureds Offered No Actual Facts To Meet Their High Burden To Prove That Insurer’s Position Lacked A Reasonable Basis, Summary Judgment Was Granted To The Insurer On Bad Faith Claim (Philadelphia Federal)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2014, previously published on August 31, 2014
In Leitner v. Allstate Insurance Company, the insureds alleged bad faith on the basis of improper denial of their claim and/or unreasonable delay in the investigation process. The court cited the bad faith statute and the standards imposed by case law, emphasizing the “high bar” an...

 

HTMLCourt Rules That Attorney Client Privilege Does Not Apply Where Attorney Acts As A Claims Investigator; But Rejects The Insured's "Theory Of Wholesale Waiver" Where Insurer Denies Acting In Bad Faith In Answer And Where Legal Opinion Affects Adjuster's Mind, In Absence Of Advice Of Counsel Defense; And General Admonition That Each Redacted Item Must Be Analyzed Individually By Counsel (Philadelphia Federal)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2014, previously published on September 2, 2014
In Henriquez-Disla v. Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company, the insured brought bad faith and fraud claims against its insurers. There were two discovery issues: (1) whether certain communications in the case involving a lawyer were subject to the attorney client privilege or whether...

 

HTMLFailure to Follow Investigative and Claims Handling Standards in Insurer’s Own Manual, Adjuster’s Failure to Consult with Others and Go beyond Her Own Conclusions, and Failure to Conduct IME Defeat Motion to Deny Bad Faith Claim (Western District)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 20, 2014
Mineo v. Geico involved a UIM claim. The insured was a Vietnam War Veteran who had suffered significant combat injuries during the War. Years later he was in a motor vehicle accident and suffered a shoulder injury. After the accident, there was some record that he suffered a further shoulder...

 

HTMLCourt Denies Insurers Motions to Preclude Expert Testimony, Bifurcate the Trial and for Summary Judgment Where Insurer Required 3 IMES which Reached Inconsistent Results (Middle District)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 1, 2014, previously published on August 15, 2014
In Monaghan v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., the Court, in three separate opinions, addressed the issues of the adequate burden of proof in bad faith claims, admissibility of expert testimony, and proper bifurcation of trial. The Court found that the pleading standards were met, that expert...

 

HTMLThe Third Circuit Requires Plaintiff in Liability Settlement to Reimburse the Government For Conditional Medical Payments
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 19, 2014, previously published on August 13, 2014
In Taransky v. Sebelius, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that Taransky, the plaintiff in the underlying personal injury lawsuit, was required to reimburse Medicare for the conditional medical expenses it advanced on her behalf. No. 13-3483, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 14408 (3d Cir. July...

 

HTMLThere is No Bad Faith Claim Where the Breach of Insurance Contract Claims Failed Either Because there was No Coverage or Insurer’s Position was Reasonable; Contract Claims against the Insured Contractor Failed Because they Do Not Constitute an Occurrence under Kvaerner or as "Subcontracted Work Property Damage"; or are Subject to CGL Exclusions J(5) and J(6), and Conduct at Issue is Outside Products Completed Operation Hazard; And there is No Duty to Defend in the Absence of a Suit (Third Circuit and Western District)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
In Allegheny Design Management v. Travelers Indemnity Company of America, the insured was a general contractor with a commercial general liability policy. It hired a subcontractor to install glass and another to clean the glass that was to go in the new construction of a store. After installation,...

 

HTMLInsureds Failed To Plead Any Facts to Support a Plausible Bad Faith Claim in UIM Case, Court Giving Examples of Failures in Pleading, But Gives Leave to Amend; Court States Fiduciary Relationship Only Exists Between Insured and Insurer in Limited Circumstances (Middle District)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 1, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014
In Flynn v. Nationwide Insurance Company of America, the insured brought a UIM claim, alleging breach of contract, lost wages and bad faith, and included within his complaint allegations that the carrier breached its fiduciary duty. The carrier moved to dismiss the bad faith claim, and to strike...

 

HTMLNo Bad Faith Claim Stated Where Court Found No Duty to Pay Benefits; And Further Found that the Complaint Did Not Allege Sufficient Facts to Make Out A Bad Faith Claim Even Had it Ruled Otherwise on Coverage (Western District)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014
In Hackbarth v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, the insured fell while attempting to enter his car. The court found that ice caused the fall, and the vehicle was not an instrumentality of the injury. Thus, there was no coverage. Thus, it dismissed the insured’s breach of contract...

 

HTMLInsured Adequately Alleged Bad Faith Claims By Pleading Specific Facts Concerning Delays in the Claims Handling Process, a Lack of Communication, And Discrepancy between the Alleged Injury and Settlement Sum Offered (Philadelphia Federal)
Fineman Krekstein Harris P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
In Padilla v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the plaintiff brought a breach of contract and bad faith claim based on UIM coverage. The insurer took an examination under oath, had a medical examination done, and referred the case to counsel. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant...

 


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