Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices Act and Consumer Protection Law Does Not Apply to the Handling of Insurance Claims

In his recent decision in the case of Machado v. Safeco Ins. Co., No. 3:16-CV-1685 (M.D. Pa. April 7, 2017 (Munley, J.), Judge James M. Munley addressed a Plaintiff’s claims under consumer protection law for allegedly abusive claims handling practices by the carrier of her insurance claim.  

The court noted that, in the insurance context, Pennsylvania’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection law “applies only to conduct related to the sale of an insurance policy, not to the handling of the insurance claims.”  

However, in a footnote, the court noted that, under the case of Berg v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. Inc., 44 A.3d 1164 (Pa. Super. 2012) the Superior Court found that a violation under the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection law could serve as evidence to support a bad faith claim.

In the end, the court granted in part and denied in part the Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. 

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

I send thanks to Attorney Lee Applebaum of the Philadelphia law firm of Fineman, Krekstein and Harris.  Please be sure to check out Attorney Applebaum’s excellent Pennsylvania and New Jersey Insurance Bad Faith Case Law blog which you review HERE.  

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