Bad Faith Suit Against State Farm Revived Over Wildfire Damage
From now on, Insurers will be more hesitant to rely on the so-called “genuine dispute” doctrine to knock out bad faith claims pretrial.
A California appellate court has revived a bad faith insurance lawsuit against State Farm General Insurance Co. brought by a family whose home was damaged in a 2015 California wildfire.
In a decision that was issued last month and published Monday, the First District Court of Appeal found that expert testimony does not automatically insulate an insurer from bad faith claims and that questions of whether an expert’s inspection was biased is a jury question.
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