JULY 2014 BAD FAITH CASES: APPELLATE DIVISION UPHOLDS TRIAL COURT DECISION NOT TO AWARD ATTORNEYS FEES UNDER RULE 4:42-9(a)(6) FROM ONE INSURER TO ANOTHER IN DECLARATORY JUDGMENT ACTION, PARTICULARLY WHERE LOSING INSURER’S ARGUMENT WAS MADE IN GOOD FAITH (New Jersey Appellate Division)

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In Strunk v. M&A Trucking, the court refused to award attorney’s fees under Rule 4:42-9(a)(6) in a declaratory judgment action between two insurers arguing coverage issues, where one insurer had defended and indemnified the insured in the underlying action; particularly where the trial court determined the issues were worthy of consideration.

Date of Decision: June 19, 2014

Strunk v. M&A Trucking & Edson L. Silva, DOCKET NO. A-2344-12T4 A-3195-12T4 , SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY, APPELLATE DIVISION, 2014 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1460 (App. Div. June 19, 2014) (Alvarez, Ostrer and Carroll, JJ.)

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