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SNR Denton on Allstate Insurance Co. v. Miller: Failure to Inform Insured of Settlement Opportunity as a Basis for Excess Judgment Liability

By William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent In Allstate Insurance Co. v. Miller, the Nevada Supreme Court held that the jury could properly have found Allstate liable for an excess judgment as a result of its failure to adequately inform its insured of a settlement opportunity. This commentary examines...

James M. Hofert and Jennifer K. Gust on “Time-Sensitive Demands”

In their article appearing in the March/April 2010 issue of Coverage, "Time-Sensitive Demands," James M. Hofert and Jennifer K. Gust initially describe the debate as to the legitimacy of time-sensitive demands. Such a demand is a settlement offer made by an underlying plaintiff that the defendant's...

SNR Denton on Is There a Right To Jury Trial in a Bad Faith Failure To Settle Case: Wood v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co.

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Wood v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Co. the New Jersey Supreme Court, addressing a little-litigated issue, held that there is a right to jury trial in a bad faith failure to settle case. [1] This commentary examines that holding. NJM insured...

Insurer's Suit Against Insured's Defense Counsel Barred by Insured's Settlement

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In American National Property & Casualty Co. v. Ensz & Jester, P.C., American National sued the defense counsel it had retained to defend its insured for malpractice. Allegedly that malpractice resulted in an excess judgment and a bad faith claim that...

SNR Denton on DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co.: Insurer Faced with Multiple Claims Exceeding Policy Limits Must Seek to Minimize Insured’s Financial Exposure

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton DeMarco v. Travelers Insurance Co. applied Rhode Island's unique standard for an insurer's duty to settle to multiple claims exceeding limits. In doing so, it adopted the minority rule that such an insurer must seek to minimize insured's financial...

Duty to Settle Requires a Willing Plaintiff – No “Bad Faith” Failure to Settle

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant In March I posted an article on the need to put a stake through the heart of the tort of bad faith . The post that follows deals with a case that supports the position I took in that post and makes me wonder why more courts don't recognize the inequity...

California Court Holds No Affirmative Duty to Settle Based Solely on the Likelihood of an Excess Judgment

By Ryan C. Tuley , William D. Burger, Jr. , and Christina Y. Ahn On October 7, 2013, the California Court of Appeal, in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], held that an insurer does not have an affirmative duty to settle based solely on the...