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Geico Can't Escape Driver's $1M Punitive Damages Award

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 9:53 PM EDT) -- A California appellate court on Friday affirmed a jury's $1 million punitive damages award against Geico General Insurance Co. over its unreasonable delay in paying an injured policyholder the full limits of his policy following a serious car crash. 

A three-judge panel of the state Court of Appeal's Second Appellate District said extensive evidence indicates that Geico deliberately ignored medical records establishing the severity of a foot injury that policyholder Michael Mazik suffered in a 2008 head-on collision in order to justify its refusal to pay out the $50,000 limit of Mazik's underinsured motorist coverage.

"In concluding that Mazik's claim was...

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