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Sued For Good Work – Expert Required to Establish Agent’s Negligence
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Barry Zalma

Insurance agents and brokers are insurance professionals whose actions in placing insurance require compliance with the standards of practice and skills of an insurance broker which are not necessarily matters of common knowledge. Under Pennsylvania law... Read More

SNR Denton on Nevels v. Deerbrook Insurance Co.: Expert Opinion in Bad Faith Case Admissible Only to Extent of Proper Basis
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Nevels v. Deerbrook Insurance Co., the court held an expert could testify that the insurer should have sooner offered the policy limit, but would not be permitted to testify that failure to do so was bad... Read More

SNR Denton on James River Insurance Co v. Rapid Funding, Inc.: Inadmissible Expert Opinions May Not Be Presented as Lay Opinions
Posted on 3 Mar 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton Expert opinions are admissible only if they satisfy usually stringent standards. But lay opinions are admissible in some circumstances. In James River Insurance Co v. Rapid Funding, Inc., 658 F.3d 1207 ... Read More

“Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute.” Attempted Fraud Fails
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Barry Zalma

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant Insurers Must Never Pay a Fraud When I was a young adjuster the motto of the insurance industry was "Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute." Fraud was known but not a large problem. Police... Read More

SNR Denton on Nevels v. Deerbrook Insurance Co.: Expert Opinion in Bad Faith Case Admissible Only to Extent of Proper Basis
Posted on 15 Feb 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Nevels v. Deerbrook Insurance Co., the court held an expert could testify that the insurer should have sooner offered the policy limit, but would not be permitted to testify that failure to do so was bad... Read More

SNR Denton on James River Insurance Co v. Rapid Funding, Inc.: Inadmissible Expert Opinions May Not Be Presented as Lay Opinions
Posted on 3 Mar 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton Expert opinions are admissible only if they satisfy usually stringent standards. But lay opinions are admissible in some circumstances. In James River Insurance Co v. Rapid Funding, Inc., 658 F.3d 1207 ... Read More

“Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute.” Attempted Fraud Fails
Posted on 20 Jun 2011 by Barry Zalma

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant Insurers Must Never Pay a Fraud When I was a young adjuster the motto of the insurance industry was "Millions for Defense and not a Dime for Tribute." Fraud was known but not a large problem... Read More

SNR Denton on Butler v. First Acceptance Insurance Co.: Lawyer Cannot Testify as Expert in Bad Faith Case Where Lawyer’s Background Is Not Relevant To Issues in Case
Posted on 23 Jul 2010 by Ronald D. Kent

By Ronald D. Kent, Partner, SNR Denton Butler v. First Acceptance Insurance Co., 652 F. Supp. 2d 1264 (N.D. Ga. 2009), concerns an insurer’s duty to settle. Butler received what his lawyer regarded as an inadequate response to a time-limit... Read More