Monday, January 16, 2017

Eastern District Federal Court Denies Motion to Sever and Stay Bad Faith Claims in Post-Koken Matter

In the case of Zinno v. GEICO¸ No. 16-792 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 21, 2016 Baylson, J.), the court denied the carrier’s Motion to Bifurcate the breach of contract and bad faith claims in this UIM case. The court also denied the carrier’s Motion for a Stay of the discovery on the bad faith side of the claim.  

The court denied the motion after finding that factors pertaining to the convenient to the parties, avoidance of prejudice, or efficiency did not warrant the bifurcation of the two (2) claims or the request for a stay of discovery.   

Anyone wishing to review this decision, may click this LINK.

I send thanks to Attorney Lee Applebaum of the law firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris for bringing this case to my attention through his Pennsylvania and New Jersey Insurance Bad Faith Case Law blog.  

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