Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Cases: Strategies and Countermeasures, Current Case Law

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, November 29, 2018

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide critical insight to counsel for insurers facing tag-along bad faith claims on how to position a case for summary judgment. Our panel will discuss key factors to consider during the claims investigation and discovery phases of litigation along with evidentiary proffers to support summary disposition of bad faith allegations notwithstanding unresolved factual issues.

Description

Bad faith cases present counsel for insurers with myriad challenges. The litigation is often protracted and convoluted and can result in awards that are less predictable and far more costly than their breach of contract counterparts. Practitioners representing insurers shoulder the responsibility for reducing their clients’ exposure to these risks and often employ summary judgment as the primary tool for accomplishing this goal.

In bad faith litigation, however, positioning a case for summary disposition requires a deep understanding of how courts have addressed the issue, as well as how to leverage common scenarios giving rise to allegations of bad faith to demonstrate to a court that judgment as a matter of law is warranted. Insurance defense counsel must employ strategic investigative and discovery methods to bolster legal arguments that unmask a plaintiff’s deficiencies in the individual elements of their claims and take full advantage of their burden to produce evidence showing that a reasonable jury could find against the defendant.

Listen as our panel of seasoned insurance defense attorneys provides deep insight into the most effective strategies for obtaining summary judgment for allegations of bad faith. The panel will explore techniques for capitalizing on evidentiary deficiencies during discovery and marshaling those circumstances into winning arguments based on current case law.

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Outline

  1. Overview of bad faith claims
    1. Essential elements
    2. Burden of proof
    3. Common defense strategies
  2. Summary judgment
    1. Current case law
    2. Burden of proof
    3. Jurisdictional considerations

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How can insurers leverage their clear right to contest coverage in support of summary disposition of bad faith claims?
  • How can counsel use admissions and information submitted in support of a claim to bolster arguments supporting summary judgment?
  • What kinds of evidentiary deficiencies identified during discovery can help strengthen counsel’s argument for summary judgment?

Faculty

Barker, William
William T. Barker

Senior Counsel
Dentons

Mr. Barker focuses his practice in the area of complex commercial insurance litigation, including coverage, claim...  |  Read More

Goleaner, Kenneth
Kenneth Goleaner

Atty
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard

Focusing his legal practice on insurance coverage and bad faith matters, Mr. Goleaner is experienced in all aspects of...  |  Read More

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