In Doerfler v. Federal Ins. Co., the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court examined lawsuits brought by a policyholder against two insurers with regard to the denial of claims for damage to a residence arising from Superstorm Sandy. In each case, the insurer had denied coverage based upon the policy’s surface water exclusion.… Read More


In Berg v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., the Pennsylvania Superior Court examined a lengthy dispute arising from a first-party automobile insurance claim. After an accident, the initial damage estimate determined that the insured vehicle should be declared a total loss. The insurer subsequently concluded that the vehicle was repairable and directed a collision facility to… Read More


In a recent note, we discussed the New Jersey Legislature’s consideration of the Insurance Fair Conduct Act, which would establish a statutory cause of action for the bad faith handling of insurance claims. On April 12, 2018, the New Jersey Senate approved an amendment of the bill to exclude insurance producers and public entities. The… Read More


In Keodalah v. Allstate Ins. Co., the Washington Court of Appeals reviewed an action against an insurer and an adjuster employed by the insurer for statutory insurance bad faith and violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act, concerning the allegedly improper settlement of an underinsured motorist claim. The trial court dismissed the statutory bad faith… Read More


A Nassau County trial court dismissed an insured’s bad faith counterclaim against an insurer in a declaratory judgment action on the basis that New York law does not recognize a claim for bad faith refusal to comply with an insurance contract. In Preferred Contractors Ins. Co. v. Cipco Boarding Co, Inc., the insurer moved to… Read More


In Millin v. Allstate Indemnity Co., et al., the insureds brought suit against Allstate for breach of contract and bad faith after Allstate partially denied their claim for water damage arising from a water leak in another apartment. Plaintiffs sought actual damages, consequential damages, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees. Allstate moved to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims… Read More