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

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Monday that Church Mutual Ins. Co.’s lawsuit against a public adjusting firm and licensed public adjuster may proceed for claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud and civil conspiracy. Church Mutual’s claims for civil conspiracy against two attorneys also survived. The action arose from two… Read More

A New York trial court dismissed an action for unfair claims practices and insurer bad faith against an insurer and a claims examiner that was brought by a third-party claimant injured in an auto accident. In Hunter v. Hereford Ins. Co., the Civil Court of Queens County held that plaintiff failed to state a cause… Read More

On July 27, 2015, in Alden Leeds v. QBE Specialty Ins. Co., unpublished, No. A-2034-14T1 (App. 2015), the New Jersey Appellate Division rendered an important decision addressing discovery disputes between insureds and insurers over privileged documents. Alden Leeds involved a coverage dispute with QBE Specialty and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London over whether a fire… Read More

Court OKs Jury Trials for Private Insurance Fraud Defendants Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments SHARE PRINT REPRINTS Barry Albin Barry Albin Carmen Natale The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that defendants in civil actions brought under the state’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act (IFPA) have the right to… Read More

In an issue of first impression, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently addressed whether an insured forfeits the right to insurance coverage when it settles a lawsuit without the insurer’s consent, in a case where the insurer has defended the suit subject to a reservation of rights. In Babcock & Wilcox v. American Nuclear Insurers,… Read More