Pa. Justices Define Insurer Prejudice In Phantom Vehicle Case

Law360, Philadelphia (October 31, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a decision finding that Harleysville Insurance Co. had adequately shown that it suffered prejudice by a policyholder's delayed reporting of an accident involving an unidentified vehicle.

The court ruled in a unanimous decision that it is sufficient for an insurer to make a general demonstration that it had been harmed by the policyholder’s failure to make the report within the 30-day time requirement established by the state’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law.

“While an insurer will not be permitted...
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