Over the course of the last few weeks in a series of posts titled “’Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues,” I evaluated the factual and legal issues analyzed by the Alabama Supreme Court in Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., 1 So.3d 23 (2008). The Alabama Supreme Court explained that the allegations against Alfa included both a “normal” bad-faith claim and an “abnormal” bad-faith claim. Last week I discussed the “normal” bad faith claim; this week I am writing about the “abnormal” bad faith claim.


Continue Reading ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, Part 5

Last week, in ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, Part 3, I began an evaluation of whether there was a genuine issue of material fact as to the basis for the insureds’ bad-faith claims in Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., 1 So.3d 23 (2008). The lower court granted summary judgment in favor of Alfa, concluding that there was no genuine issue of material fact, and the insureds appealed. The Alabama Supreme Court explained that the allegations against Alfa included both a “normal” bad-faith claim and an “abnormal” bad-faith claim. This week, I am writing about the “normal” bad faith claim.

Continue Reading ‘Bama Bad Faith – an Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, Part 4

In my post three weeks ago, I addressed the factual background in the Supreme Court of Alabama’s opinion on the bad faith case Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., 1 So.3d 23 (2008). Last week  I wrote about the issue of whether the Insureds timely filed their Complaint. This week, I am writing about whether there was a genuine issue of material fact regarding the basis for the Insureds’ bad-faith claims.


Continue Reading ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, Part 3

In my last post titled ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, I addressed the factual background of the bad faith case Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., 1 So.3d 23 (2008), which analyzes several legal issues. This week, I will write about the first legal issue: whether the Insureds, Harold and Pam Jones, timely filed their complaint.

Continue Reading ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues, Part 2

The Supreme Court of Alabama addressed a number of bad faith issues in its decision on Jones v. Alfa Mutual Ins. Co., 1 So.3d 23 (2008). The decision is too lengthy to evaluate in a single post, so this week I will begin with the factual background of the case. The legal issues will be addressed individually over the course of the next few weeks.


Continue Reading ‘Bama Bad Faith – An Alabama Case Evaluates a Number of Bad Faith Issues

I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with others about the current situation. Indeed, my father teaches those in the oil industry how to recover and react to oil spills. Unless the source of the oil is stopped or slows down soon, oil is going to be all over the northern Gulf Coast and Florida. If the spill cannot be contained or slowed in the near future, it will significantly impact our economy.


Continue Reading BP Oil Spill Could Be Worse Than Any Hurricane Damage and Much More Widespread–Even the East Coast of Florida Could Be Impacted