Pa. Appeals Court Deadlocks On $21M Bad Faith Award

By Dan Packel (May 1, 2017, 3:44 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania Superior Court said Monday it will rehear Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.'s bid to overturn a $21 million bad faith award that stemmed from the insurer's unwillingness to pay $25,000 to settle a collision claim, after one judge on the panel recused himself and the remaining two deadlocked.

On Monday, 15 months after a panel heard oral argument in the matter, the judges announced their inability to reach a decision and scheduled the case for a reargument in October in Philadelphia. The one-page order noted that Judge Jack Panella, one of the three members of the panel, had recused himself from...

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