Mealey's Insurance Bad Faith

  • May 17, 2024

    Connecticut Judge Strikes Claims Filed Against Insurer In Mold Damage Suit

    VERNON, Conn. — A Connecticut judge granted an insurer’s motion to strike bad faith, unfair trade practices and unjust enrichment claims because an additional insured who seeks coverage for mold and property damages related to the collapse of a hallway floor failed to sufficiently support the claims.

  • May 17, 2024

    Colorado Panel Says Trial Court Properly Applied Case Law In Auto Coverage Suit

    DENVER — A trial court properly applied Colorado case law when it denied an auto insurer’s  request to contest the liability of its own insured during a default judgment hearing involving an uninsured motorist because the insurer failed to make the required showing that its participation in the hearing was necessary to determine the issue of liability, the Colorado Division 7 Court of Appeals said May 16.

  • May 17, 2024

    Insured Seeks Damages Other Than Attorney Fees For Alleged Bad Faith, Judge Says

    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah federal judge denied an auto insurer’s motion for partial summary judgment on a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing claim, rejecting the insurer’s argument that the claim must be dismissed because the insured is seeking only attorney fees as damages.

  • May 17, 2024

    Additional Insured’s Request For Attorney Fees To Proceed In Chemical Coverage Suit

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. — An additional insured’s request for attorney fees and costs in a chemical exposure coverage dispute can proceed because the additional insured has alleged sufficient facts in support of its claim for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing based on a breach of the insurance contract, a New York federal judge said in denying the insurer’s motion to dismiss and to strike.

  • May 16, 2024

    Judge Cleans Up Docket, Closes Hurricane Coverage Suit Against Insolvent Insurer

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana federal judge on May 15 issued an order administratively closing a homeowner’s breach of contract and bad faith suit over Hurricane Laura damage after the case had been stayed for almost a year due to the insurer’s insolvency, finding that “[n]early four years have passed since Hurricane Laura and the court wishes to clean up its docket.”

  • May 16, 2024

    Claims Against Life Insurer Related To Policy Conversion Fail, 3rd Circuit Says

    PHILADELPHIA — A district court properly granted summary judgment in favor of a life insurer because there is no evidence that the insurer breached its contract, acted in bad faith or made any misrepresentations regarding the policyholder’s options to convert a term life insurance policy to a whole life or universal life insurance policy, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said in affirming the district court’s summary judgment ruling.

  • May 15, 2024

    Additional Insured Failed To Show Specific Jurisdiction Exists Over Insurer  

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge on May 14 granted, with leave to amend, an insurer’s motion to dismiss an additional insured’s bad faith complaint arising out of the insurer’s appointment of counsel to represent the additional insured and the insured in an arbitration proceeding in Texas because the additional insured failed to show that specific jurisdiction exists in California over the insurer.

  • May 15, 2024

    New Jersey Panel Reverses Ruling In Insurer’s Favor In Storm Damage Dispute

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appeals court reversed a lower court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of an insurer in an insured’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit arising from storm damage claim, concluding that a construction company’s invoices sufficiently established a prima facie showing of disputed facts as to how much property damage was “causally related” to a fallen tree limb, preventing summary judgment.

  • May 15, 2024

    Insured’s Claim For Breach Of Duty Of Good Faith, Fair Dealing Dismissed

    CINCINNATI — An insured’s claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing alleged against a homeowners insurer cannot proceed because claims for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing in Ohio arise only in tort and not under a contract, an Ohio federal judge said May 14 in dismissing the claim.

  • May 15, 2024

    Coverage For Water Damages Limited To $10K Under Homeowners Policy, Panel Says

    HOUSTON — No additional coverage is owed under a homeowners policy for water damages caused by water pipes that burst as a result of power outages and freezing temperatures in the wake of Winter Storm Uri in Texas because the policy’s water damage endorsement clearly limits coverage under the policy to $10,000, the First District Texas Court of Appeals said May 14 in affirming a trial court’s ruling on breach of contract and extracontractual claims.

  • May 14, 2024

    Multifamily Housing Lessor Seeks Coverage For Antitrust Conspiracy Claims In MDL

    DENVER — A multifamily housing lessor insured sued its primary and excess data protection liability insurers in a Colorado federal court for breach of contract and bad faith, seeking coverage for an underlying multidistrict litigation alleging that it was involved in an antitrust conspiracy when it used a revenue management software to artificially inflate multifamily housing rents above market across the country.

  • May 14, 2024

    Federal Judge Dismisses Lead Insurer From D&O Coverage Dispute Over SEC Subpoena

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia federal judge granted a joint motion filed by Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) and its lead insurer to dismiss the insurer from Freddie Mac’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit seeking directors and officers liability coverage for underlying expenses it incurred on behalf of its directors, officers and employees who were subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission during an investigation and subsequent lawsuit.

  • May 08, 2024

    COMMENTARY: Bad Faith As A Substitute For Prejudice In Reinsurance Late Notice Disputes

    By Robert M. Hall

  • May 13, 2024

    9th Circuit Affirms No ‘Accident’ In Appeal Of Construction Insurance Dispute

    PASADENA, Calif. — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 13 affirmed in an unpublished memorandum a Nevada federal judge’s grant of an insurer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings in a coverage dispute with a contractor and a homeowners association (HOA), finding that the insurer was entitled to a declaratory judgment of no coverage because an “accident” had not occurred while the contractor worked on one of the HOA’s buildings.

  • May 13, 2024

    U.S. High Court Refuses To Review Suit Alleging State Farm Agents Were Negligent

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 13 denied insureds’ petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling that affirmed a lower federal court’s grant of an automobile liability insurer’s motion for summary judgment and denied the insureds’ motion to certify questions to the Montana Supreme Court in their lawsuit alleging that the insurer’s agents were negligent in failing to explain or offer underinsured motorist coverage when they purchased their automobile liability policies.

  • May 13, 2024

    Insured Cannot Reassert Bad Faith Claim In Collapse Coverage Suit, Judge Says

    PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania federal judge denied an insured’s motion for leave to reassert a bad faith claim against its commercial property insurer in a dispute over coverage for the partial collapse of a building because the insured failed to show that the insurer’s reliance on the policy’s faulty workmanship exclusion to deny coverage was unreasonable.

  • May 13, 2024

    Judgment Granted For Guaranty Association In Bad Faith Suit Over Hurricane Damage

    LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — A Louisiana federal judge granted the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty’s (LIGA) motion for summary judgment in a bad faith and breach of contract suit filed against a now-insolvent homeowners insurer over purported hurricane damage, finding that LIGA, which was substituted as a defendant for the insurer after it became insolvent, established that it was prejudiced by a lack of notice regarding the alleged damage.

  • May 10, 2024

    Bad Faith Claim Against Homeowners Insurer In Water Damage Suit Cannot Proceed

    HOUSTON — A bad faith claim alleged against a homeowners insurer in a water damage coverage dispute cannot proceed because none of the facts supports a finding that the insurer acted in bad faith in handling the insured’s claim for repair costs, a Texas federal judge said in partially granting the insurer’s motion for summary judgment.

  • May 10, 2024

    Vermont Federal Judge Says Bifurcation Of Claims Is Not Warranted

    BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont federal judge denied a business auto insurer’s motion to bifurcate a breach of contract claim from a bad faith claim because any prejudicial effect on the insurer caused by trying both claims together will be mitigated if the jury finds that there was no breach of contract regarding the claim for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits.

  • May 10, 2024

    Defendants Renew Dismissal Arguments In Workers’ Comp Reimbursement Dispute

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — After an Alabama federal judge allowed the plaintiff to file an amended complaint in a dispute over reimbursement for workers’ compensation claims, the defendants started a new round of dismissal briefing regarding breach of contract, bad faith, laches and equitable estoppel claims.

  • May 09, 2024

    Umbrella Insurer Failed To Show No Coverage Owed To Additional Insured, Judge Says

    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana federal judge on May 8 denied an umbrella insurer’s motion for reconsideration of a summary judgment ruling on a breach of contract claim in a dispute over coverage for an additional insured for underlying lawsuits arising out of a gas explosion because the primary insured’s settlement with the underlying claimants did not extinguish coverage for the additional insured.

  • May 06, 2024

    Insurer, Insureds Settle Water Damage Coverage Suit; Stipulation Of Dismissal Filed

    DENVER — A homeowners insurer and its insureds filed a stipulation of dismissal in Colorado federal court following the settlement of the insureds’ breach of contract and bad faith suit arising out of the insureds’ water damage coverage claim.

  • May 06, 2024

    Freddie Mac Dismisses Lead Insurer From D&O Coverage Dispute Over SEC Subpoena

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. (Freddie Mac) and its lead insurer on May 3 filed a joint stipulation asking a District of Columbia federal court to dismiss the insurer from Freddie Mac’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit seeking directors and officers liability coverage for underlying expenses it incurred on behalf of its directors, officers and employees who were subpoenaed by the Securities and Exchange Commission during an investigation and subsequent lawsuit.

  • May 06, 2024

    Motion To Compel Granted In Bad Faith Row With Insurer Making Fraud Counterclaim

    SEATTLE — A Washington federal judge on May 3 granted in part an insurer’s motion to compel more complete responses to interrogatories in a bad faith suit filed against the insurer that counterclaimed for a declaration that it has no obligation to cover the insured due to his purported fraudulent misrepresentations about his auto accident injuries, finding that the insurer made reasonable requests, including requests for the insured’s social media postings.

  • May 06, 2024

    Insured Files Notice Of Appeal To 7th Circuit In Radiation Exposure Coverage Suit

    MILWAUKEE — An insured filed a notice of appeal to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, seeking review of a Wisconsin federal judge’s ruling that breach of contract and bad faith claims cannot proceed against two commercial general liability insurers because coverage is barred pursuant to the policies’ radioactive materials exclusion for an underlying suit seeking damages for bodily injuries caused by exposure to electromagnetic (EMF) radiation from the insured’s electric transformers.