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Bad Faith Blog

We cover current issues, highlights and best practices exclusively on claims of bad faith and extra contractual damages.

Bad Faith Blog
July 17, 2019

No Assignment, No Bad Faith: Rhode Island Supreme Court Finds Insurer Has No Duty to Third Party Claimant Unless There is an Assignment by the Insured

Automobile liability insurer brought action against its insured, an injured third-party claimant and claimant’s parents for declaratory judgment that it had no obligation to pay sums beyond the policy limits. Third-party claimant and his parents counterclaimed for declaratory relief. The Superior Court entered judgment in favor of the insurer.  After appeal, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held the insurer owed no duty to third-party claimant and his parents to act in a reasonable manner and in good faith in settling claim. 

Bad Faith Blog
October 9, 2016

Florida Jury’s Verdict 130 Times the Policy Limits, But No Bad Faith

Summary: Liberty Insurance insured Lisa Mottsey had loaned her car to her daughter who in turn let her boyfriend drive. While driving down a county road Mottsey’s car was passed by Zisa driving at a “reasonable speed.” Zisa struck three pedestrians walking side-by-side down a dark county road wearing dark clothes without any illumination resulting in two deaths and one serious injury. Mottsey had limits of $10,000 per person and $20,000 per occurrence. After a $1.3 million jury verdict was returned against Mottsey’s driver and the passing driver assessing 38 percent of the responsibility to Mottsey’s driver, Mottsey’s bad faith claim was assigned to the estate of the plaintiff who pursued a Powell claim against Liberty. The federal court judge granted summary judgment in favor of Liberty.