The Pennsylvania and New Jersey Insurance Bad Faith Case Law Blog is celebrating its 14th anniversary.
We’ve posted nearly 1,700 case summaries since June of 2006, with hundreds of thousands of views. We have taken a matter of fact approach, with our focus on presenting judges’ opinions as explained by the judges themselves, only occasionally with editorial comment.
Our view is that seeing and understanding what the courts are actually saying is vital not only for attorneys pursuing or defending bad faith actions, but essential for parties to understand how the courts will interpret their conduct. This allows, e.g., for insurers to get a handle on the parameters of good faith claim management in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to avoid bad faith claims before they arise. It also provides an understanding to insureds that bad faith will not be measured solely from an insured’s viewpoint, which may be subject to the frustration, fear or anger naturally arising from a loss or being sued, but objectively from the totality of the circumstances, including the insurer’s perspective as well as the insured’s.
We certainly expect to see bad faith case law developing around Covid-19 coverage claims in the coming months and next few years, and will be reporting on those cases as they arise.
But most of all, we wish safety and good health for all of you.
Fineman, Krekstein & Harris