Navigating Insurance Bad Faith Claims Involving Additional Insureds and Defense-Within-Limits Policies
Insurer and Insured Perspectives on Bad Faith Risks and Pitfalls With AIs and Exhaustion of Policy Limits
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
Conducted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Recorded event now available
This CLE program will discuss bad faith pitfalls for insurers in investigating and handling claims involving additional insureds (AIs) as well as bad faith claims that arise under defense-within-policy-limits insurance policies. The program will identify risks to insurers and ways to mitigate these risks. The program will discuss best practices for policyholders and AIs to identify and evaluate potential bad faith actions.
Defense-within-limits policies can pose unsuspecting bad faith liability risks for insurers. Potential landmines include allegations the insurer mismanaged defense costs or erroneously defended an AI thus depleting the insured’s policy limits. Another potential theory includes the claim that the insurer did not pursue settlement before exhausting the policy limits with a vigorous defense.
While the issues of bad faith claims with respect to AIs are one of the pitfalls of defense-within-limits policies, risks involving AIs are present in all types of policies especially in light of the trend of courts expanding the AI duty to defend. Carriers face risks when denying coverage for AIs or failing to fully understand the rights of the AI under the policy, particularly with respect to the insurer’s duty to defend AIs.
Listen as our authoritative panel of insurance attorneys discusses bad faith pitfalls for insurers in investigating and handling claims involving AIs and claims that arise under defense-within-policy-limits insurance policies. The panel will identify ways insurers can mitigate these risks and best practices for policyholders and AIs to identify and evaluate potential bad faith actions.
- Bad faith risks with defense-within-limits policies
- Insurer mismanagement of or inadequate communication regarding defense costs
- Improper defense of AI resulting in depleting policy limits
- Insurer’s failure to pursue settlement prior to exhausting policy limits
- Bad faith risks with respect to AIs
- Scope of insurer’s duty to defend AIs
- Denial of coverage for AI claims
- Investigating and handling AI claims
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- Bad faith risks facing insurers under defense-within-policy-limits insurance policies
- Bad faith risks facing insurers when investigating and handling claims involving AIs
- Additional insured duty to defend expansion by courts
Laura A. Foggan, Partner
Ms. Foggan leads the firm’s Insurance Appellate Group. Practicing for more than 25 years, she has participated in more than 200 appeals nationwide and has made significant contributions to the development of key insurance law precedents across the country. She is a former Co-Chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Litigation Section.
Anthony L. (Tony) Martin, Shareholder
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard,
Mr. Martin has over 30 years of litigation experience. He concentrates his practice in the areas of insurance law (primarily coverage and bad faith cases) and product liability and class action litigation. He represents a diverse clientele varied in size and type of industry, which are local, regional, national and international. He has been able to resolve legal disputes and litigation through mediation, arbitration and trial.
Meghan C. Moore, Shareholder
Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin,
Ms. Moore represents policyholders in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation in state and federal courts. Ms. Moore has handled numerous complex cases and tried insurance coverage, negligence and bad faith cases to policyholder verdicts. She is a frequent speaker on insurance law issues.
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