Bad Faith

When insurance companies wrongfully deny their policyholders a legitimate claim either for indemnity, damages or to provide a defense to a lawsuit, the policyholder may have a claim against the insurance company for acting in bad faith.  Bad faith claims can result in damages many times the policyholder’s actual loss and should be handled by experienced trial counsel.

We have represented both individuals and corporations as plaintiffs whose insurance carriers have refused to cover legitimate losses and claims. Sometimes these cases are settled before trial, but other times the insurance company must be forced to face a jury before a client can collect what is rightfully due.

We have also represented leading insurance companies that have been sued for denying illegitimate claims on insurance policies.  Sometimes these cases are dismissed before trial, but other times a jury must vindicate an insurance carrier’s denial of an illegitimate claim.

Our attorneys have tried hundreds of cases to jury verdict and have settled countless others, including bad faith lawsuits. We are prepared to litigate all types of significant cases involving the largest insurance companies and policyholders.

  • MGA Entertainment et al vs. Hartford Insurance Group et al: A group of insurance carriers denied a defense to MGA Entertainment when the company was sued by Mattel for copyright infringement. MGA was owed a defense under various provisions of its policies. MGA incurred enormous attorneys’ fees (Mattel was said to have spent over $400 million on its own fees) and filed a bad faith claim alleging losses of hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Represented world’s leading financial services firm as an excess carrier.

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