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Uninsured Motorist Litigation: Exploring Bad Faith Claims in Alabama - on CD
Insurance companies have certain responsibilities and duties to the insured, including responding to the insured and settling claims in a reasonable and timely fashion. Bad faith claims against insurance companies can result from the insurance company’s failure to act within a reasonable time, failure to investigate claims in a reasonable manner, a delayed settlement offer, denial of a claim without sufficient reason, and providing an unreasonably low offer.
Consider these recent Alabama appellate court holdings:
- The Supreme Court granted mandamus relief and held that an insurance company was entitled to have a bad faith action against it dismissed because the underlying claim was still in dispute and damages had not been fixed.
- The Court of Civil Appeals reverses a jury verdict in a bad faith failure to pay case, holding that the insurance company had a legitimate basis for disputing the amount of damages owed to its insured.
Pursuing bad faith claims can be difficult, so it's important for you to have a solid understanding of the process in the context of uninsured/underinsured litigation so you can best serve your clients.
In just one hour, you'll gain new insights and guidance on:
- Conditions precedent to bringing first party bad faith actions in uninsured/underinsured motorist disputes
- Definition of “bad faith”
- First party vs. third party bad faith claims
- Types of first party bad faith claims
- Insurer’s responsibility
- Settlement issues
Order now, and get up to date on bad faith claims in Alabama uninsured motorist litigation.
About your presenter:
Attorney Mark Hess of Haskell Slaughter focuses on the defense of insurers against extra-contractual claims, the defense of class actions, insurance defense and coverage litigation, and professional malpractice defense. He also has significant experience in public law litigation matters, and maintains an extensive appellate practice. Mr. Hess has substantial government experience. He served in 1987 - 1988 as a Law Clerk to Senior United States District Judge Robert E. Varner, Middle District of Alabama, and after a brief stint in private practice served on the legal staff of the Governor of Alabama from 1989 - 1992. During that period, he served the Governor as Assistant Legal Advisor, Deputy Legal Advisor, Legal Advisor/General Counsel and Interim Chief of Staff.