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Argued September 25, 2001

Defendant State Farm Automobile Insurance Company was Ronald Hatt’s primary automobile liability insurer. Plaintiff Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the Travelers Insurance Companies (Charter Oak), was the excess insurer. Following a liability trial in the underlying consolidated negligence action, the jury determined that Ronald Hatt was sixty percent negligent in causing a four-car automobile accident, rendering him fully liable for the entire assessed damages pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:15-5.3a. Prior to the damages trial, the damages issues were settled, State Farm paying its policy limit of $300,000 and Charter Oak paying the total excess of $782,000. Charter Oak thereafter commenced this action to recover that sum from both State Farm and the attorneys it had appointed to represent Hatt, defendants Siegel & Siegel and its associate. It claimed bad faith in State Farm’s dealings with its insured and with it as the excess carrier, and it asserted a right of equitable subrogation to what it believed to be State Farm’s right of action against the attorneys for malpractice. The trial judge granted the summary judgment motions of all defendants and dismissed the complaint in its entirety. Charter Oak appeals. We affirm.

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