Friday, June 9, 2017

Amount in Controversy for Federal Court Jurisdiction Found in Bad Faith Punitive Damages Claim

In the case of Koerner v. GEICO, No. 17-455 (M.D. Pa. May 18, 2017 Conaboy, J.), the court refused to remand a post-Koken UIM/bad faith litigation to state court.  

In part, the court found that the diversity minimum dollar amount was met because the Complaint sought punitive damages for bad faith which the court found, in theory, makes the amount controversy in excess of $75,000.00.   The court therefore found that federal court jurisdiction was proper regardless of the amount of uninsured motorist coverage available under the policy. 

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.

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

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