- Court Finds No Bad Faith Where Multiple Representatives were Assigned to the Claim.
- June 2, 2017 | Author: Allison L. Krupp
- Law Firm: Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. - Camp Hill Office
Yatsonsky v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 3:15-cv-01777 (M.D. Pa. Dec. 5, 2016)The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania granted State Farm’s Motion for Summary Judgment with respect to the plaintiff’s statutory bad faith claim. This case arose from a property damage claim under a homeowners insurance policy after a pipe burst inside the plaintiff’s home, causing extensive damage. To support her bad faith claim, the plaintiff argued that State Farm had assigned an inordinate number of representatives to her claim (13 total) and that it had refused to timely pay her the full value of the loss. The court considered that the plaintiff had not produced expert evidence with respect to State Farm’s investigation and had not presented any competent evidence from which a reasonable jury could find that the number of representatives assigned to the claim established bad faith. The court also held that the fact that State Farm had obtained multiple estimates over a seven-month period did not establish bad faith. Thus, State Farm’s motion for summary judgment was granted.