The Berks County judge who levied a $21 million award against Nationwide in an insurance dispute involving a $295 judgment had not been acting fairly, but had been on a “mission,” counsel for the insurer told the Superior Court.

Dechert attorney Robert C. Heim argued before a three-judge Superior Court panel Feb. 2 in Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance that Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher had completely disregarded the facts of the case, and had instead gone on a “tantrum” against the carrier, assailing everything from its litigation tactics to its advertising practices.

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