Washington Federal Judge Lets Bad Faith Claims Move Forward In Environmental Suit

Mealey's (February 1, 2016, 2:10 PM EST) -- SEATTLE — A federal judge in Washington on Jan. 29 denied an excess insurer’s motion for summary judgment on the insured’s bad faith claims after determining that the excess insurer had other options, such as issuing a reservation-of-rights letter and seeking a judicial determination on its coverage obligation, prior to denying coverage for underlying environmental contamination proceedings (King County v. Travelers Indemnity Co., et al., No. C14-1957, W.D. Wash.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10988).

(Opinion available. Document #03-160203-007Z.)

King County, Wash., is involved in two underlying...
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