Pa. Judge's Partiality Questioned In $21M Insurance Appeal

Law360, Philadelphia (October 11, 2017, 4:13 PM EDT) -- An attorney for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. accused a Pennsylvania trial judge during oral arguments on Wednesday of displaying potential bias in his decision to award $21 million in damages in a bad faith case over the insurer’s unwillingness to settle a collision claim.

Robert Heim, an attorney with Dechert LLP representing Nationwide, told an appeals court that a Berks County judge’s decision to award $18 million in punitive damages and another $3 million in legal fees in the case was divorced from the factual record...
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