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Chapter Abstract for New Appleman Insurance Bad Faith Litigation, Second Edition: Chapter 8 Defenses to Bad Faith Claims

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton Chapter 8 addresses defenses which insurers might assert in addition to their attempts to negate insureds’ claims that the insurer breached contractual duties ordinarily imposed as part of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Section 8.02[1...

SNR Denton on Haley v. Allstate Insurance Co.: Does an Insurer's Duty of Good Faith Require It to Assist the Insured in Uninsured Motorist Litigation?

By Jennifer Yu Sacro and William T. Barker, Attorneys, SNR Denton In Haley v. Allstate Insurance Co. , a Washington federal court held that an insurer may incur bad faith liability in the course of defending an uninsured motorist action filed by its insured if the insurer fails to present at trial...

SNR Denton on Reasonableness of Insurer’s Delay in Offering Policy Limits Is Question of Fact: Allstate Insurance Co. v. Herron

By Ronald D. Kent, Partner, SNR Denton In Allstate Insurance Co. v. Herron, [1] Allstate had offered its policy limits, but not until after expiration of a time-limit demand. A jury found that Allstate had acted reasonably, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed in pertinent part. It found no abuse of discretion...

The Eastern District of California Holds That A Carrier May Have An Affirmative Duty To Attempt to Settle A Claim Against The Insured When It Is Presented With A Reasonable Settlement Opportunity

Travelers Indem. of Conn. v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co. , 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 169453 (E.D. Cal. Nov. 26, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ] In Travelers , the district court concluded that the carrier must act in good faith in response to reasonable opportunities to settle...