In a recent memorandum Opinion, the Eastern District Federal Court of Pennsylvania in Clark v. Progressive Advanced Insurance Company, No. 12-6174 (E.D. Pa. April 26, 2013 Ludwig, J.) dismissed a bad faith claim in an underinsured (UIM) motorists case.
This case involved a bad faith claim filed under
Section 8371 of the Pennsylvania Judicial Code and was essentially based upon the Plaintiff's claim of an inadequate offer by the insurance company in
a UIM case. There were $300,000 in UIM limits available and Progressive made a settlement offer of $18,578.00.
After reviewing the record before it, the court determined that the facts pled were not sufficient to support a bad faith claim in this context. Accordingly, the claim was dismissed without prejudice.
Anyone wishing to review this Opinion in Clark v. Progressive may click this LINK.
I send thanks to Attorney Scott Cooper of the Harrisburg, PA law firm of Schmidt Kramer and Attorney Paul Oven of the Moosic, PA law firm of Dougherty, Leventhal & Price for bringing this case to my attention.