Date archive: July 2017

Homeowner’s Beware: Read Your Insurance Contract or Lose

Summary: Jack and Carolyn Brockway filed suit against Allstate after it denied coverage for losses plaintiffs suffered after a theft at their home. The plaintiffs filed claims immediately following the theft which Allstate denied more than two years later. The plaintiffs sought damages for breach of contract and for breach of the implied covenant of…

Ninth Circuit Finds California’s Genuine Dispute Doctrine Does Not Bar Bad Faith Judgment Against Excess

Summary: LMA North America, Inc. (LMA) sued National Union for breach of contract and bad faith after defendant refused to either contribute $3.75 million towards the settlement of counter-claims asserted by LMA’S competitor, Ambu, or take over the defense of the trade disparagement and false advertising claims. After settling the underlying claims above the $1M…

No Pay for Delay Today: Insurer’s Joint Check Satisfied Prompt Payment Statute

Summary: Property Gusma Properties owned and insured was damaged in Hurricane Ike. When the insurer demanded an appraisal, Gusma hired an attorney to assist. Following the appraisal award, the insurer tendered a check to the attorney for the full amount, all of which the attorney retained. Gusma sued the attorney and the insurer to recover…

Tennessee Fire Loss Victim’s Statutory Bad Faith Penalty Appropriately Awarded

Summary: Brandi Burge’s mobile home and all of its contents were destroyed by fire in July 2013 while insured by Farmers Mutual of Tennessee. Farmers Mutual paid an advance in August 2013, but denied the claim without disclosing why. Suit was filed one year later.  After 10 months of discovery Farmers Mutual declared (in discovery…

New Missouri Law Levels The Playing Field For Insurers

On April 26, 2017, the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill modifying certain statutory provisions relating to settlement of tort claims. The bill, known as HB 339 and HB 714, grants certain rights to insurers when a claimant and tortfeasor enter into a contract to limit recovery pursuant to R.S.Mo. § 537.065 and imposes new…

Excess Settlement Did Not Expose Massachusetts Excess Carrier to Contractual or EC Liability

Summary: Salvati’s husband died as a result of a work injury. Ms. Salvati sued several parties she believed responsible for her husband’s death. The parties in the underlying action and their primary carrier agreed at mediation to a $6,000,000 settlement. The primary carrier tendered its $1,000,000 in coverage, but the excess carrier (American Insurance Company…


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