The insurer sought to dismiss the bad faith claim, arguing that “there are no facts in the amended complaint to suggest that it acted without a reasonable basis, or with the knowledge that it lacked a reasonable basis in handling Plaintiffs’ UIM claim.” The insurer further claimed that it used “ordinary, reasonable, good-faith” claims-handling, and the complaint showed nothing more. The insured responded that the bad faith claim focused on the delays in the claims handling process.
The Court found the facts were sufficiently pleaded to state a claim for bad faith. Specifically, the insureds alleged “that they notified Defendant on November 1, 2012, that [the husband’s carrier] had tendered its [$50,000] policy limits,” and forwarded all medical records to the insurer’s claims adjuster in August 2013.
The insurer allegedly failed to inform the insured of the status of her claim, and waited approximately 15 months after receiving the insured’s medical records to schedule an IME. The Court found this delay, if proven, could be so unreasonable as to amount to bad faith, and refused to dismiss the bad faith claim at this stage of the litigation.
Date of Decision: June 11, 2015
Baker v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 4:14-CV-2295, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75529 (M.D. Pa. June 11, 2015) (Brann, J.)