JUNE 2015 BAD FAITH CASES: NO VIABLE ACTION FOR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS UNDER BAD FAITH LAW; ECONOMIC LOSS DOCTRINE BARS UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES CLAIM (Philadelphia Federal)

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In Gold v. State Farm Mutual Insurance Company the court struck the insured’s bad faith claims for emotional distress, stating that insurance bad faith causes of action do not encompass emotional distress.

The court also applied the economic loss doctrine to dismiss the insured’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law claims.

Date of Decision June 4, 2015

Gold v. State Farm Mut. Ins. Co., CIVIL ACTION NO. 15-1975, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72171 (E.D. Pa. June 4, 2015) (Beetlestone, J.)

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