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Think You Cannot Be Sued For Bad Faith Because You Haven’t Issued A Policy to A Plan Participant? Think Again . . .

Just because there is no insurance policy may not mean there is no cause of action for bad faith according to a recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision analyzing the Joint Underwriting Program (“JUP”) statute.  Willis v. Swain case. — P.3d — 2013 WL 2459880 (Hawaii).  In what appears to be a change in position, the Court explained that “[t]he special relationship between the insurer and the insured and the conduct of the insurer toward the insured is what gives rise to the tort of bad faith, not solely the existence of a contract.”  The Court concluded “the underlying covenant of good faith and fair dealing applies, even in the absence of an actual contract.” Based on this expanded view of

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Avoiding Insurance Bad Faith
Cozen O’Connor represents insurance clients in jurisdictions throughout the U.S. against statutory and common law first- and third-party extracontractual claims for actual and consequential damages, penalties, punitive and exemplary damages, attorneys’ fees and costs, and coverage payments. Whether bad faith claims are addenda to a broader coverage matter or are central to the complaint, Cozen O’Connor attorneys know how to efficiently respond to extracontractual causes of action. More
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