Insurer Liable for Bad Faith Despite Actions of Insured Contributing to Excess Judgment

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The District Court held that where the insured's own actions or inactions result, at least in part, in an excess judgment, the insurer cannot be held liable for bad faith.

January 2, 2019
Tred R. Eyerly - Insurance Law Hawaii

Reversing the intermediate appellate court, the Florida Supreme Court held the insurer liable for bad faith despite imperfect actions by the insured. Harvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co., 2018 Fla. LEXIS 1705 (Fla. Sept. 20, 2018).

Insured James Harvey was involved in an auto accident in which the other driver, 51 year old John Potts, was killed. Harvey's vehicle was registered in both his name and his business's name, and was covered under a $100,000 liability policy. Harvey reported the accident to his insurer, GEICO. The claim was assigned to a claims adjuster, Fran Korkus.

Mr. Eyerly may be contacted at te@hawaiilawyer.com



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