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Nathan D. Meyer
July 14, 2014
The test for first-party bad faith in Arizona case law is whether, during the "investigation, evaluation, and processing of the claim, the insurer acted unreasonably and either knew or was conscious of the fact that its conduct was unreasonable."[1] What does this vague definition of first-party bad faith actually mean in an insurer's everyday business of adjusting...
Nathan D. Meyer
July 10, 2014
In Mendota Insurance Company v. Gallegos, 232 Ariz. 126, 302 P.3d 651, 657 (2013), the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held that a named insured's younger brother was a resident of his older brother's household and therefore entitled to underinsured motorist ("UIM") coverage despite the facts that Older Brother rented a room at friend's house and s...
Nathan D. Meyer
July 10, 2014
By: Douglas L. Christian and Nathan D. Meyer I. Introduction Not often does a concept's name obfuscate its meaning. "Continuing bad faith," however, is much more than its name implies. An insurer's duty of good faith is pervasive and its application to claim handling has matured into a formidable body of law. The duty is not intractable and is generally shaped by t...
Nathan D. Meyer
July 10, 2014
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld as valid and enforceable a Damron Agreement in which an insured and its excess insurer assigned their rights against a primary insurer.  In so holding, the Court of Appeals made the significant declaration that an insurer who refuses to defend is bound for purposes of coverage by any issues determined in a...
Nathan D. Meyer
July 10, 2014
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently upheld a trial court's reduction of a $55 million punitive damages award to only $620,000 and further reduced the punitive damages to $155,000-a 1:1 ratio to compensatory damages. The case, Nardelli v. Metro. Group Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., --- Ariz. ---, 277 P.3d 789 (App. 2012) (Arizona Reporter citation not yet available), ...
Nathan D. Meyer
July 10, 2014
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing includes "some obligation" to inform a policyholder about the extent of coverage and rights under an insurance policy. The case, Nardelli v. Metro. Group Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., --- Ariz. ---, 277 P.3d 789 (App. 2012) (Arizona Reporter citation not yet available), arose fro...
Neal H. Bookspan
May 12, 2014
In 1992, the Arizona legislature enacted the Arizona Limited Liability Company Act. Since that time the LLC has become the entity of choice for many individuals, businesses, partners and investors. While there obviously are differences between corporations and LLCs, attorneys in Arizona have always believed that there were many similarities. For instance, when you ...
Kathi M. Sandweiss
March 14, 2014
An appeal is a request for a higher court to review a lower court's decision. An appeals lawyer handles cases on appeal when a party loses or is unhappy with some part of the decision made by the lower court. The appeals court reviews the record made in the trial court. Nothing new can be added to the record; this is not the time to add new facts or evidence. The a...
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