Thursday, September 12, 2019

Third Circuit Holds: No Coverage, No Bad Faith

In the case of 631 M. Broad St. v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., No. 18-3094 (3d Cir. July 26, 2019 Fuentes, J., McKee, J., and Schwartz, J.), the court affirmed a district court’s entry of summary judgment in favor of a carrier in a title insurance bad faith case.

Notably, after agreeing that there was no coverage obligation and, therefore, no duty to defend under the policy, the third circuit stated, “…since the [D]istrict Court correctly concluded that [the carrier] had no duty to defend, there could be no bad faith claim against [the carrier].”  

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

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

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