In a panel for the American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC) on the most significant recent insurance bad-faith decisions across the country, Goldberg Segalla’s Michael A. Hamilton discussed the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Berg v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co.
Mike, a leader of the firm’s Global Insurance Services group and GIS Pennsylvania team, explained that in Berg the Supreme Court let the Superior Court’s reversal of a $21 million bad-faith award stand. He also talked about issues the divided court left open in its split decision, which will be fought over in future bad-faith litigation, including whether an insurance company’s conduct during litigation can be used as evidence of bad faith and whether an insurance company’s duty of good faith extends beyond an insurance company’s payments made under the policy.
The panel also focused on the latest developments in extracontractual law in top courts in Minnesota, Georgia, and Florida through decisions that addressed bad-faith issues.
For more information on the presentation or general bad-faith and extracontractual issues, contact Mike here.
Michael A. Hamilton handles sophisticated and high-exposure insurance coverage claims and commercial litigation. As a leader of the firm’s Global Insurance Services Pennsylvania and Ohio teams, Mike focuses his practice on environmental, professional liability, construction defect, transportation, and business torts/advertising injury claims. He has been lead defense counsel in class action litigation, representing insurance companies, self-insurers, and transportation entities. He also has extensive appellate experience, arguing numerous appeals in state and federal courts across the country.
The American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC), established in 2012, is the preeminent association of U.S. and Canadian lawyers who represent the interests of insurers and policyholders. The ACCC’s mission is to advance the creative, ethical, and efficient adjudication of insurance coverage and extracontractual disputes; to enhance the civility and quality of the practice of insurance law; to provide peer-reviewed scholarship; and to improve of the relationship between and among the members of our profession.