Insurer Bad Faith and Inadequate Investigation: Examination Standards, Coverage and ROR, Safeguarding Privilege
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will offer guidance to counsel bringing or defending bad faith claims alleging the insurer's inadequate or inappropriate investigation of complex claims. The panel will review what makes an investigation inappropriate, special issues involving coverage denial or reservation of rights, privilege, and litigation strategies. Throughout the presentation, the panel will offer practice tips based on their extensive trial experience.
- Overview of good faith
- Standards for complete and adequate investigation
- Underlying claim
- Duty to defend
- Duties of excess carriers
- Policyholder duty of cooperation
- Special concerns
- Investigation after denial
- Investigation under reservation of rights
- Investigation of duty to defend
- Preserving or piercing privilege
- Litigation strategies and tips
The panel will review these and other vital questions:
- What are the insurer's and the policyholder's obligations in a coverage investigation?
- What are the implications of investigating or failing to investigate after a coverage suit is filed?
- What are some practical methods for a policyholder to prove that an insurer acted in bad faith--and what are the insurer's best defenses to such claims?
- What are best practices for counsel to the insurer to gain a favorable outcome or mitigate damages?
- What are the critical strategies for counsel to policyholders to support bad faith allegations and obtain coverage and compensation from the insurer?
Rachel E. Hudgins
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Ms. Hudgins represents clients in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.| Read More
Ms. Hudgins represents clients in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.Close
Ms. Martin focuses her practice primarily on first-party property and casualty insurance litigation and related... | Read More
Ms. Martin focuses her practice primarily on first-party property and casualty insurance litigation and related appellate work. She advises insurance carriers regarding a broad range of matters, including complex coverage questions, claims handling issues, and allegations of statutory violations and bad faith. Ms. Martin has significant experience litigating and negotiating commercial and personal lines insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. A great deal of this work has centered on the large volume of claims stemming from the violent weather events throughout Texas. Her clients comprise a number of major national carriers. Ms. Martin leverages Wilson Elser’s experience in this tightly regulated, cost-conscious industry to deliver demonstrable value to clients. She has successfully litigated numerous cases in state and federal courts throughout Texas and surrounding areas.Close