Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Cases: Strategies and Countermeasures, Current Case Law
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course 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 essential 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.
- Overview of bad faith claims
- Essential elements
- Burden of proof
- Common defense strategies
- Summary judgment
- Current case law
- Burden of proof
- Jurisdictional considerations
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How can insurers leverage their clear right to challenge 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?
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
Focusing his legal practice on insurance coverage and bad faith matters, Mr. Goleaner is experienced in all aspects of litigation, from discovery, depositions and expert witness preparation to complex contract interpretation and drafting, appellate work in defense of insurance companies, and arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court.Close
Michael J. Needleman
Reger Rizzo & Darnall
Mr. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation section, and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage,... | Read More
Mr. Needleman is a Partner in the Firm’s litigation section, and handles insurance defense, insurance coverage, and employment litigation matters. He has delivered lectures to the insurance industry on various topics, and has taught several CLE classes on a variety of subjects.Close
Callahan & Blaine
Mr. Susolik is known and respected as one of the top insurance bad faith and coverage lawyers in the Western United... | Read More
Mr. Susolik is known and respected as one of the top insurance bad faith and coverage lawyers in the Western United States. He has developed a reputation among insurance companies and defense counsel as a leading expert, combining insurance law expertise and knowledge with the powerful skills of a master litigator and trial lawyer. Mr. Susolik has successfully resolved over 1000 insurance disputes during the last 29 years of practice. Mr. Susolik has wide expertise in the full spectrum of insurance bad faith and coverage litigation. His core practice is maximizing insurance benefits for business and corporate policyholders, from Fortune 500 companies to small business entities. He has represented hundreds of corporations, partnerships, associations and other business organizations in complex insurance disputes in his career.Close