Responding to Time-Limited Demands for Policy Limits: Reasonableness, Safe Harbors; Obtaining Summary Judgment
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide counsel in responding to time-limited demands for payment of the policy limits without drawing a claim for bad faith. The panel will discuss controlling law and statutes, requests that do and do not trigger insurer obligations, safe harbors that may excuse a response, and strategies for summary judgment should a bad faith claim be filed.
- Essential elements of a policy-limit, time-limit demand
- Standards for evaluation of time-limited demands
- Common law
- Covered vs. uncovered claims
- Safe harbors
- Roadmap to summary judgment if bad faith alleged
The panel will review these and other pivotal issues:
- Who can make a time-limited demand, and is client consent required?
- Does the insurer have a duty to settle or a duty to make reasonable settlement decisions?
- Must the demand include any particular information?
- What is the importance of releases, indemnification, and lien treatment offered or omitted from a demand?
- Can the insurer consider coverage defenses or questionable liability when responding?
Scott F. Bertschi
Clyde & Co US
Mr. Bertschi focuses his practice on insurance coverage, professional liability defense and data breach response. He... | Read More
Mr. Bertschi focuses his practice on insurance coverage, professional liability defense and data breach response. He represents insurance companies in litigating coverage disputes, including the institution of declaratory judgment actions and actions to rescind insurance policies, the defense of breach of contract actions and actions in which the insured alleges bad faith or extra-contractual damages, and actions between insurance companies to resolve allocation and relative priority issues. He also advises insurance companies on all aspects of the claims-resolution process, including the provision of coverage opinions, advice on the allocation of indemnity payments, strategies to minimize the risk of bad faith suits and suits to collect consent judgments, and advice as monitoring counsel.Close
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
Jay M. Levin
Mr. Levin is a member of Flaster Greenberg’s Insurance Counseling and Recovery and Litigation Practice... | Read More
Mr. Levin is a member of Flaster Greenberg’s Insurance Counseling and Recovery and Litigation Practice Groups, focusing his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies involving all types of insurance coverage.Close
Ms. Parson is the managing partner of the firm’s New Jersey office. She has experience representing clients in... | Read More
Ms. Parson is the managing partner of the firm’s New Jersey office. She has experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation, focusing on insurance coverage litigation, focusing on insurance coverage litigation general commercial litigation, personal injury liability, products liability, environmental liability, mass torts, professional negligence, medical malpractice, and employment liability; as well as in New Jersey’s Municipal Court. Ms. Parson also has experience in providing coverage opinions and advice to insurance carriers concerning their coverage obligations under various types of insurance policies including, comprehensive general liability, group property and casualty lines, public entity insurance, specialty and professional risk, excess, contractors, automobile liability, and workers’ compensation and/or employer’s liability coverage. In addition, she represents clients with municipal court liability and is a former New Jersey Municipal Court Prosecutor.Close