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New Jersey Senate Passes Bad Faith Bill

Recently, the New Jersey Senate passed S-2144, entitled the New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act. While the bill still must go through the Assembly and be signed by the Governor, this is much welcomed news by insureds and their representatives. Since 1993, insureds have had basically no right to bad faith claims against their insurers … Continue Reading

Colorado Supreme Court Clarifies Unreasonable Delay or Denial Statute

The Colorado Supreme Court issued two opinions favorable to Colorado policyholders earlier this week: American Family Mutual Insurance Company v. Barriga; and Rooftop Restoration, Inc. v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company. Both cases address the unreasonable delay or denial of insurance benefits statute in Colorado. This post addresses the Barriga opinion, and the Rooftop Restoration, … Continue Reading

Bad Faith Claim Investigation May Subject Insurance Company to Private Remedies Under Consumer Protection Law

Last month, a New York Supreme Court affirmed that insurance companies are subject to that state’s consumer protection law, General Business Law § 349. In 37 West 24th Street, LLC v. Seneca Insurance Company, Inc., the trial court denied Seneca Insurance Company’s motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim under that statute.1… Continue Reading

An Unlucky Day? Friday, April 13, 2018, the Texas Supreme Court Issued a New Opinion in USAA Texas Lloyds v. Menchaca

On Friday, April 13, 2018, by avoiding black cats, ladders, and breaking mirrors, seven members of the Texas Supreme Court1 managed to issue a new, sixty-six page opinion in USAA Texas Lloyds Company v. Menchaca (“Menchaca II”).2 Withdrawing its April 7, 2017, opinion3 —”Menchaca I”—the court unanimously reaffirmed the five legal principles and rules announced … Continue Reading

Individual Insurance Adjusters in Washington May Be Personally Liable for Statutory Bad Faith As Well As Violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act

Last month, a Washington State Court of Appeals ruled that individual insurance adjusters may be personally liable for violations of Washington’s bad faith statute, RCW 48.01.030. The court also ruled that adjusters may be personally liable for violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act, RCW 19.86.020.1… Continue Reading

Better Late Than Never? Don’t Think So – Voluntary, Untimely Payment of Benefits Does Not Absolve Carrier from Liability for Bad Faith in Florida

It has been over 30 years since Florida lawmakers enacted section 624.155, which was designed to provide a civil remedy when an insurer fails to settle their policyholder’s claim in good faith or commits any one of the unfair claims handling practices identified in section 626.9541(1)(i). Yet, to this day, questions still arise on one … Continue Reading

Time Limit Considerations as Colorado Approaches the One Year Anniversary of the May 8, 2017 Hailstorm

  With less than sixty days until the one-year anniversary of the most expensive hailstorm in Colorado history which hammered west metro Denver on May 8, 2017, many individuals, business owners, and community associations members continue the difficult task of negotiating with insurance companies in an effort to return property to pre-storm conditions.… Continue Reading

Nearly Ten Years Later, Hurricane Ike’s Stormy Winds Are Still Churning in the Texas Supreme Court — USAA Tex. Lloyds V. Menchaca

On April 7, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court in USAA Tex. Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca,1 answered several issues that had continually swirled around litigation arising out of Hurricane Ike policy disputes. Unresolved issues included among others: Whether an insured is required to obtain a breach of contract finding as a prerequisite to a recovery for … Continue Reading

Merlin Law Group Webinar – How Rancosky and other Pennsylvania Regulations Help Put You in the Adjustment Driver Seat

Join Robert Trautmann and myself, on February 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm for a free one-hour webinar to discuss the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s recent decision in Rancosky v. Washington National Insurance Company,1 which upheld the current bad faith standards and specifically noted that an insured need not prove malicious intent to prevail on a … Continue Reading

Puerto Rico: Sanctions Will Apply for Bad Faith and Delays in Insurance Claims

The 90-day period to resolve claims made for damages caused by Hurricane Maria may expire soon. To protect insureds from the bad faith and delay of the insurer, Puerto Rico’s Insurance Code provides under Art. 27.162, that insurance companies should be diligent in the processing of claims within the 90-day period for claims to be … Continue Reading

Insurance Bad Faith in the Virgin Islands

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the two-catastrophic category five hurricanes that struck the U.S.V.I. in the space of twelve days, many residents are still in survival mode as they deal with the lingering psychological and physical damage. As the resilient Virgin Islanders continue to rebuild, the next ordeal for those affected will … Continue Reading

Colorado Allows Contractors to Bring Statutory Bad Faith Claim as First-Party Claimant

With its 2008 enactment of Colorado Revised Statute § 10-3-1115 and § 10-3-1116, Colorado has created one of the country’s strongest statutory bad faith causes of action. What makes Colorado’s bad faith statute even more exceptional is that it allows a repair vendor, such as a roofer or restoration contractor, to assert a claim for … Continue Reading

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Upholds Bad Faith Standards But Does Not Require a Showing of Malicious Intent

In Pennsylvania, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371 permits an insured to recover punitive damages, court costs, attorney’s fees and interest, on claims where an insurer has acted in bad faith. On September 28, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a ruling1 upholding the current bad faith standards and specifically noting that an insured does not … Continue Reading

Court Finds Policyholders are Entitled to Bad Faith Discovery

Insurance companies hate producing its claims guidelines, loss ratios, and other relevant documents in bad faith litigation. Recently, a Nebraska federal trial court denied Owners Insurance Company’s request to bifurcate my client’s bad faith claim from its breach of contract claim. This ruling prevents unnecessary costs and delay and will allow the insured its day … Continue Reading

Colorado Statutory Bad Faith: Doubling Down On An Insurer’s Unreasonable Delay Or Denial

In August 2008, Colorado created a statutory bad faith claim of action for first-party policyholders not only separate and distinct from a claim for common law bad faith breach of an insurance contract, but establishes a much more reasonable threshold to prevail against an insurer under Colorado Revised Statute § 10-3-1115 and Colorado Revised Statute … Continue Reading
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