Thorough Investigation, Coverage Questions Defeat Bad Faith Claim, Judge Rules

SAN FRANCISCO - Although a California federal judge on March 13 held that a woman seeking long-term disability (LTD) benefits was not collaterally estopped from litigating contract claims against her insurer, the judge granted summary judgment to the insurer on her bad faith and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims against it (Wendy Collier v. Reliastar Life Insurance Co., No. 3:11-cv-01760, N.D. Calif.; 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33577).

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