Claims Adjuster Can't Dodge Suit Over Settling $16M Verdict

Law360, New York (April 25, 2017, 7:30 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Tuesday that an insurance claims administrator couldn’t escape an unfair insurance practices suit when it allegedly failed to make a reasonable settlement offer before or after an underlying $16 million verdict stemming from a woman’s death at a nursing home.

U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris said that Sedgwick Claims Management Systems Inc. couldn’t win summary judgment in a suit brought by the family of Genevieve Calandro, who died in 2008 at a nursing home.

In the underlying suit, the Calandro family said her nursing home was negligent and caused her death. Sedgwick, the claims adjuster and...

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