Date archive: August 2017

Michigan Supreme Court: UTPA Penalty Interest Proper for Untimely UIM Benefit Payments

Summary: Insured injured in a car accident claimed underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits because the adverse driver was insufficiently insured. The insured asked the court to assess penalty interest under the Uniform Trade Practices Act (UTPA) for payments made far beyond the statutory deadline. The trial court and Court of Appeals refused  finding that penalty interest…

Iowa Supreme Court Ruling Provides Partial Relief to Comp Carrier

Summary: Toby Thornton filed a lawsuit against his employer’s insurer, American Interstate Insurance, alleging common law bad faith for denying his claim for permanent and total disability (PTD) and his request for partial commutation of benefits. The district court found that American Interstate acted in bad faith as a matter of law by opposing Thornton’s…

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