Category archive: Rhode Island

Washington Court of Appeals Finds No Preclusion for Bad Faith Claim After Resolution of UIM Benefits Action

Summary: Anastasia Fortson-Kemmerer (“Plaintiff”) sued Allstate Insurance Company (“Allstate”) to recover for bad faith and violation of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (“IFCA”) for its actions when investigating her underinsured motorist (“UIM”) coverage claim. Allstate moved for summary judgment on the affirmative defense that Plaintiff’s previous action to enforce her UIM policy provisions operated as…

A Rhode Island Insurer’s Duties Extend to Their Insureds’ Assignees

Summary:  Michelle Asermely rear-ended a vehicle driven by Mark Rendine but owned by Julieanne Bernier.  Bernier had car insurance issued by Allstate Insurance Company with a policy limit of $50,000. Asermely’s lawsuit against both Rendine and Bernier went to arbitration where the arbitrator awarded Asermely $47,557.37, but also found her 25 percent at fault. Her…


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