Bad Faith Claims When Verdicts Exceed Policy Limits: Nuances of the Insurance Company's Duty to Settle
Reducing Company Exposure, Options for Policyholders When Company Rejects Settlement Demand
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss the rights and obligations of the policyholder and the insurance company regarding settlements and the company's liability for verdicts in excess of policy limits.
- The scope of an insurance company's duty to defend and duty to settle
- Insurance company's risk of claims for bad faith litigation
- Policyholder remedies when the insurance company breaches its duty to settle
- Best practices for insurance companies to reduce exposure to bad faith litigation, including identifying the bad faith setup
- Options for policyholders when the insurance company does not want to settle
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- What is the scope of an insurance company's duty to defend and duty to settle?
- What are the factors for insurance companies when deciding whether to settle within the policy limits?
- What factors do courts typically consider in deciding whether a particular settlement demand is reasonable?
- What options are available to policyholders who disagree with the insurance company's decision not to settle within the policy limits?
- What role does an excess insurance company have when the primary insurance company refuses to settle and the underlying case judgement potential reaches its limits?
Johanna W. Clark
Ms. Clark defends companies in both state and federal courts in class actions, insurance bad faith litigation,... | Read More
Ms. Clark defends companies in both state and federal courts in class actions, insurance bad faith litigation, insurance coverage disputes, malicious prosecution litigation, ERISA disability litigation, product liability litigation, general commercial litigation, and administrative housing discrimination claims. She has authored and presented on insurance bad faith claims.Close
Amanda P. Ellison
Ms. Ellison focuses her practice on representing policyholders in pursuing insurance claims and litigation. Selected... | Read More
Ms. Ellison focuses her practice on representing policyholders in pursuing insurance claims and litigation. Selected by Law360 as a "Rising Star" in 2019 in the insurance law category (one of five attorneys nationwide), Ms. Ellison has been involved in complex, high-stakes insurance coverage claims relating to numerous types of coverage, including commercial general liability, errors and omissions, property, and directors and officers liability insurance. She has also represented corporate clients in a wide variety of civil litigation, including consumer class actions, contract disputes, and business torts. Ms. Ellison has extensive experience in numerous aspects of litigation, including case management, discovery, pretrial motions, summary judgment, and appeals.Close
Robert M. Horkovich
Mr. Horkovich focuses his practice on the area of insurance recovery. He has obtained over $5 billion in... | Read More
Mr. Horkovich focuses his practice on the area of insurance recovery. He has obtained over $5 billion in settlements and judgments from insurance companies for his clients over the past decade. He is a trial lawyer with substantial experience in trying complex insurance coverage actions on behalf of corporate policyholders and governmental entities.Close