Judge Grants Insurer’s Motion To Bifurcate Bad Faith Suit Into 2 Phases

(January 22, 2016, 11:43 AM EST) -- OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge in Oklahoma on Jan. 11 granted an insurer’s motion to bifurcate an insurance bad faith lawsuit into two phases, ruling that bifurcation “does not raise serious efficiency concerns” (Anita Houchin v. Hartford Life Insurance Co., No. 14-522, W.D. Okla.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2728).

(Order available. Document #07-160125-026R.)

Dorothy Kendrick purchased a $75,000 life insurance policy form Hartford Life Insurance Co. and named Anita Houchin as a beneficiary pursuant to the insurance policy.

Upon Kendrick’s death, Houchin sought to obtain...
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