Tag archive: Third Party Claim

No Bad Faith Claim – No Problem Says Missouri Supreme Court

The Missouri Supreme Court affirmed the judgment against a liability insurer for extra-contractual damages in a declaratory judgment action originally filed by the insurer to determine coverage and defense obligations. The insurer was not allowed to challenge the reasonableness of its insured’s court-approved settlement and the judgment entered against the insurer for extra-contractual damages was upheld despite there being no bad faith claim asserted in the declaratory judgment action filed by the insurer.

What a Mess! — Insurer Has No Right to Jury Trial to Determine if Settlement Between Its Insured and Claimant Was Reasonable

Summary: After the insurer denied a settlement demand for the $2 million policy limits, the insured, a plumbing contractor, and the land owner plaintiff (“claimant”) reached a settlement agreement for approximately $3.75 million. The trial court judge determined that the settlement was reasonable. The insurer appealed arguing it had a right to a jury trial…

Federal Court Rules Against Bad Faith “Set Up”

Summary: Applying Florida law, the Federal District Court found the insurer did not act in bad faith or delay tender of the policy limits when it conducted a reasonable investigation into plaintiff’s injuries. Instead, the District Court found it was plaintiff who caused the delay by failing to comply with the insurer’s reasonable requests for…

A Timely Notice of Claim Missing Key Facts Is Held to Be Sufficient

Summary: The Clinic properly reported a potential claim to insurer providing claims made coverage such that the policy covered the claim against a clinic employee. Because Medical Protective did not pay its policy limits within 30 days as required by Minnesota Statute §60 A.0811, Subd. 2(a) the insured was entitled to recover 10% per annum…

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…

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