Category archive: Oklahoma

10th Circuit Affirmed Summary Judgment For Insurer On Bad Faith Claims After Finding Legitimate Dispute Of Coverage And No Evidence Of An Inadequate Investigation

Summary: The 10th Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of State Farm on the insureds’ count for bad faith relating to a property damage claim. The Court found State Farm relied upon a legitimate dispute of the scope of coverage in initially denying and delaying agreement to an appraisal. The Court further found the insureds…

Insurer’s Conduct Created Issues of Fact as to Non-Party’s Right to Bring Bad Faith Claim

Summary: The Oklahoma Supreme Court held that whether a property owner under a contract for deed is owed a duty of good faith and fair dealing by an insurer of previous owner’s insurance policy is a question of fact. Hensley v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, 398 P.3d 11 (Ok. 2017) State Farm Fire…

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…

Motorcyclist Decedent Not Covered on Commercial Policy, So No Bad Faith

Summary: The Netherlands Insurance Company provided insurance coverage to three corporate entities for which David Edens was the Chief Executive Officer. David and Rhonda Edens were the parents of Zachery who was a motorcyclist killed when an oncoming car turned into his path. The Oklahoma U.S. District Court found there was no UIM/UM coverage, found…

Unapportioned Offers of Judgment Allowed in Oklahoma

Summary: Hollie Bryant, a minor, and her father filed a breach of contract and bad faith case against Sagamore Insurance Company after she was involved in an auto accident. Sagamore denied coverage on grounds of failure to cooperate and because Hollie was not an insured. After filing a motion for summary judgment Sagamore made an…


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