Category archive: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Pennsylvania Law Does Not Require a Policyholder to Prove Insurer’s Self-Interest or Ill Will to Succeed on a Bad Faith Claim

Summary: Insured LeAnn Rancosky, who was employed as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service, purchased a “cancer insurance” policy from Washington National Insurance Company. Rancosky’s employer automatically deducted her bi-weekly premium payments from her paycheck. The policy contained a “waiver-of-premium” provision, which excused premium payments in the event Rancosky became disabled due…

Pennsylvania Requires Clear and Convincing Evidence of Bad Faith

Summary: State Farm provided automobile insurance to Barry and Kimberly Shaffer which provided medical payments and UIM coverage. Barry was involved in a head-on collision which resulted in multiple serious injuries to his neck, back, eyes, and knees. At that time, Barry was on Social Security and military disability for several physical ailments. Shaffer underwent…

Pennsylvania Bad Faith Claim Subsumed Within Breach of Contract Claim

Summary: Dismissal of the mortgagor’s claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing was affirmed on appeal. Under Pennsylvania law, there is no cognizable claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing separate from a breach of contract claim. Davis v. Wells Fargo On January…

Insured’s Repeated Refusal to Attend a Reasonably Requested IME Defeated His Bad Faith Claim

Summary: The insured filed suit against his insurer for breach of contract and bad faith after repeatedly failing to attend an independent medical examination (“IME”) scheduled by his insurer. On appeal, the Third Circuit held the insured materially breached the insurance contract by failing to appear for the IME. The court further held the insurer…

Accounting Malpractice Insurer Defeats Bad Faith Claim and is Reimbursed Fees Spent on Defense

Summary: Professional liability insurer brought a declaratory judgment action against its insured, an accounting firm, seeking a declaration that it owed the insured no defense or obligation beyond its $100,000 sub-limit and seeking recovery of overpayments of defense costs above the sub-limit. The insured accounting firm filed counterclaims seeking a declaration that the insurer’s duty…

Bad Faith and UIM Coverage

Here the issue was the conduct of the insurer under in handling a claim for underinsured motorist coverage. The injured insured had presented evidence of future wage loss of over $4,000,000.00, but liability coverage of only $3,000,000.00.

Million-Dollar Defense Nets $295 Verdict … and That’s the Insurer’s Potential Problem

Summary: A 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee owned by Daniel and Sheryl Berg sustained heavy damage in an accident. The Bergs took their vehicle to a dealer participating in their automobile insurer’s “Blue Ribbon Repair Service Program.” According to the Bergs, although the appraiser concluded the Jeep’s frame could not be repaired because it was “too…

Is It Bad Faith to Delay the Pay? Federal Court in Pennsylvania Says No

Summary: Uninsured motorist filed a bad faith action against his automobile insurer for failure to pay underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits. Insurer moved for summary judgment and district court held that insurer’s delay in paying UIM benefits did not constitute bad faith. Rossi v. Progressive Insurance, 2011 WL 1565848 (M.D.Pa. 2011) On January 5, 2007, the…

Court Finds Insurer’s Denial of Coverage Was Without Just Cause or Excuse – Insurer Awarded Over $2.5 Million

SUMMARY:  Missouri Court of Appeals, applying Kansas law, found the “care, custody, control” exclusion in CGL policy ambiguous and therefore, found coverage for a third-party property damage claim.  Also, the Appeals Court affirmed the statutory award of attorney’s fees to insured because the insurer’s denial of claim based on the ambiguous exclusion was without just…

MISSOURI

St. Louis  |  Clayton  |   Kansas City

ILLINOIS

Alton  |  Carbondale  |  Edwardsville  |  O'Fallon

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation.
This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. © 2014 Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. All Rights Reserved.

Menu