Insurer OK To Snub Wrongful Death Deal, 11th Circ. Affirms

By Jeff Sistrunk (May 4, 2017, 6:52 PM EDT) -- The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed that Mendakota Insurance Co. didn't act in bad faith by failing to accept an offer to settle a wrongful death claim asserted against its policyholder over a drunken-driving accident that killed a young boy, saying the insurer wasn't obligated to accept the proposal because it didn't resolve all potential claims.

In an unpublished opinion, a three-judge appellate panel upheld a Georgia federal court's decision in favor of Mendakota and against Cynthia and Christopher Linthicum, whose 11-year-old son was struck and killed by Mendakota policyholder Bobby James Hopkins II.

The Linthicums had argued that Mendakota acted...

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