Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Motion To Sever/Stay Bad Faith Part of UIM/Bad Faith Claim Granted in Allegheny County

In a recent decision by Order only out of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, Nebel v. Encompass Home and Auto Insurance Company, No. GD-15-015891 (C.P. Allegh. Co. Oct. 6, 2016 Folino, J.), the court granted a Defendant’s Motion to Sever and Stay the Bad Faith portion of a UIM/bad faith matter.

In its Order, the court allowed discovery to proceed as set forth in Judge Wettick’s Wutz Opinion.   However, the trial of the bad faith was continued to a later time to allow for the filing a summary judgment and to allow the parties to organize discovery and expert reports.  

Tort Talkers may recall that, prior to this Order, the Wutz case had suggested that the bad faith trial begin immediately after the completion of the UIM case.  

I send thanks to Attorney Craig W. Beil of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania office of Robb Leonard Mulvihill, LLP for bringing this Order to my attention.  

Anyone wishing to review this Order may click this LINK.

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