Nationwide Says Judge Had 'Tantrum' In $21M Bad Faith Row

By Dan Packel (February 2, 2016, 6:42 PM EST) -- Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday to overturn a $21 million award stemming from a bad faith verdict over the insurer's unwillingness to pay $25,000 to settle a collision claim, saying the trial judge willfully disregarded evidence.

Throwing a "tantrum," Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Sprecher had wrongly granted $18 million in punitive damages to Sherri and Daniel Berg in their proceeding, which has roots in a 1996 car accident, and miscalculated their attorneys' $3 million fees award, according to Nationwide's attorney Robert Heim of Dechert LLP.

"I very much doubt this court...

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