A car crash on Route 9 in New Britain, Conn., may send a fleet of bad faith auto insurance claims skidding into Connecticut state courts.

Ruling in the case, the state Supreme Court held that two people injured in the accident could not bring a bad faith claim against an insurance company after winning insurance payouts in a civil trial. The justices decided that the bad faith case would essentially repeat the initial trial testimony. And so, the court found, the doctrine of res judicata applied.