Published: August 23, 2018

Becca Franco was involved in a car accident in 2015.  Franco submitted a claim to her insurer, State Farm, for underinsured motor vehicle and medical payment benefits.  Sixteen months later, Franco filed suit against State Farm asserting breach of contract and bad faith claims.  State Farm moved for summary judgment on her bad faith claim.

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Published: May 31, 2018

After Melissa Parisi sustained injuries in a vehicle collision and learned that the other motorist involved in the crash carried only $15,000 in auto insurance, she submitted an underinsured motorist (UIM) claim to State Farm, her insurer. Soon after Parisi filed her claim in May 2014, she and State Farm began exchanging letters and documentation regarding the substantial cognitive injuries that Parisi incurred in the accident, as well as the status of Parisi’s claim against the other motorist’s insurer.  

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Published: August 15, 2017

On December 24, 2013, a fire destroyed Plaintiffs’ home.  Plaintiffs’ homeowners’ policy, issued by State Farm, required insureds to submit personal property inventories within sixty days after a loss.  Three days after the fire, a State Farm agent notified Plaintiff Coenen that she needed to complete a personal property inventory before her claim could be processed.  In March 2014, a public adjustor also advised Coenen that she needed to prepare a personal property inventory.  These instructions notwithstanding, Coenen did not submit an inventory unt

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Published: April 13, 2016

Court grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment on common law, but not statutory, bad faith, holding that while plaintiff did not present evidence of recklessness, she did present grounds on which a jury could find that the insurer unreasonably delayed or denied a benefit under the policy. 

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Published: April 1, 2015

Chapman v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co., No. 2013-CA-01883-COA (Miss. Ct. App. Mar. 17, 2015).

Ruling en banc, court affirms grant of summary judgment for insurer, adjuster and employer on bad faith claims brought by former employee and his spouse stemming from denial of benefits related to injury later determined to be work-related and compensable under workers’ compensation law.

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Published: April 1, 2015

Scheirer v. Nationwide Ins. Co. of Am., No. 3:13-CV-1397, 2015 WL 1013986 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 9, 2015).

Middle District of Pennsylvania denies cross-motions for summary judgment on bad faith claim, holding that material issues of fact existed where Plaintiff ultimately received benefits but claimed that insurer handled the claim in an untimely manner.

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Published: March 1, 2015

Henriquez-Disla v. Allstate Prop. and Cas. Ins. Co., No. 13-284 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 10, 2015).

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants summary judgment for insurer on bad faith claim where Plaintiffs failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that insurer lacked a reasonable basis in denying coverage for losses resulting from theft and fire.

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Published: February 1, 2015

Haney v. ACE Am. Ins. Co., No. CV-13-02429-PHX-DGC, 2015 WL 58670 (D. Ariz. Jan. 5, 2015).

District of Arizona: Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment on Bad Faith Claim for Failure of Insurer to Make Retroactive Payments, but Question of Fact Remained with Respect to Insurer’s Initial Miscalculation of Benefits

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Published: December 1, 2014

Stanford v. National Grange Ins. Co., Civil Action No. 11-7144 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 3, 2014).

Eastern District of Pennsylvania grants insurer’s motion for summary judgment on bad faith claim in dispute over payment of proceeds under a claim for uninsured motorist benefits.

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