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Mealey's Insurance - Panel: Court Should Have Applied Poulis Factors Before Imposing 'Drastic Sanction'

PHILADELPHIA - The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 held that a lower federal court did not evaluate its insured's failure to appear in court under Poulis v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. before dismissing the insured's claims as a sanction, reversing the lower court's dismissal of claims against a homeowners insurer for the insured's failure to prosecute (Robert Jacobsen, et al. v. Hartford Insurance Company Flood & Home, No. 19-2381, 3rd Cir.).
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