Fla. High Court Bolsters Policyholders In Bad Faith Cases

By Jeff Sistrunk (September 24, 2018, 9:49 PM EDT) -- A divided Florida Supreme Court's recent decision reinstating a $9.2 million verdict against Geico over its handling of a fatal car crash claim strengthens policyholders' hand in bad faith cases by emphasizing that an insurer cannot escape liability by merely arguing it had complied with a "checklist" of obligations to its insured.

In the opinion for the 4-3 majority, Justice Peggy A. Quince said a panel of the state's Fourth District Court of Appeal had misapplied the state high court's well-established precedent on bad faith law and relied instead on conflicting, nonbinding federal law when it tossed the jury's bad faith...

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