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Indiana Court Dismisses Bad Faith Allegations and Praises Insurer for Timely Claims-Handling

A recent federal District Court decision from Indiana, Autumn Glen Homeowners Ass’n. v. Travelers Ind. Co. of America, 2015 WL 1256391, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33317 (S.D. Ind., Mar. 18, 2015) provides insight into both affirmative, good faith adjustment processes and appropriate challenges to a public adjuster’s report which the claimant used to attempt to create a question of fact regarding the insurer’s good faith claims handling.  The court granted summary judgment to the insurer on bad faith and breach of fiduciary duty issues while striking the public adjuster’s affidavit. The case continues only on the breach of contract issues. The underlying claim involves a common problem in adjusting a roof hail damage loss.  In this case the loss was

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