Date archive: May 2017

Let the Jury Decide: Were Medical Expenses Withheld in Bad Faith?

Summary: Plaintiff sued Liberty Mutual for breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing when Liberty Mutual refused to pay medical expenses incurred for transfer to a trauma center. Liberty Mutual claimed the transfer and extra costs were unnecessary. The trial court granted Liberty Mutual summary judgment finding as…

Sandberg Phoenix will be one of the Sponsors at the DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar

Sandberg Phoenix Insurance Chair Phil Graham and attorneys Aaron French, Ken Goleaner, and Tony Martin will be attending the DRI Insurance Bad Faith and Extra-Contractual Liability Seminar in Boston May 31 – June 2. Sandberg Phoenix is once again one of the sponsors. We hope to see you in Boston.

Alaska Insurers Face Potential New Claims Handling Tort

Summary: A driver lost control of his truck and crashed into a cabin causing property damage, including a heating fuel spill, and personal injuries to the cabin’s owner. The cabin’s owner brought suit against the driver and his insurer alleging in part that the insurer took charge of and negligently handled the fuel spill cleanup….

Texas Law Firm’s Coverage and EC Awards Properly Reduced from $33M to $28M

Summary: OneBeacon Insurance Company (OneBeacon) provided professional liability insurance to T. Wade Welch & Associates (Welch Firm) and firm attorneys, including Ross Wooten (Wooten). After a legal malpractice award against the Welch Firm which OneBeacon refused to settle, the Welch Firm filed common law and statutory bad faith claims against OneBeacon on which it prevailed….

Wisconsin Insurer’s Thorough, Adequate, and Timely Investigation and Proper Settlement Negotiation Tactics Bar Bad Faith and Statutory Pre-Judgment Interest Claims

Summary: Elizabeth Baires was in a car accident with an underinsured driver while insured by State Farm. After State Farm consented to settling with the underinsured motorist for its $100,000 limits, plaintiff and her husband demanded that State Farm settle her claims for the $200,000 UIM stacked limits. State Farm refused her demand, leading to…

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