Friday, March 27, 2020

"Threadbare" Facts Found Not To Support Insurance Bad Faith Claim


In the case of Diaz v. Progressive Advanced Ins. Co., No. 5:19-CV-06052-JDW (E.D. Pa. Feb. 21, 2020 Wolson, J.), the Eastern District Federal Court dismissed a first party property damage bad faith case under a finding that the Plaintiff did not state a valid cause of action based upon a pleading of  “threadbare” facts.

The court noted that the Plaintiff basically asserted in the Complaint that he had a policy with the carrier, that his car was damaged in a vandalism event, that he had submitted a proof of loss, that he had been truthful throughout the investigation, and that the carrier denied the claim. The court noted that these allegations did not establish any plausible claim of bad faith.

The court also confirmed that there is no common law bad faith cause of action in Pennsylvania for refusing to pay benefits or as to claims handling. It is noted that the Plaintiff did not oppose this part of the Motion to Dismiss. 

Anyone wishing to review a copy of this decision may click this LINK.  The Court's companion Order can be viewed HERE.

I send thanks to fellow blogger, Attorney Lee Applebaum of the Philadelphia law offices of Fineman Krekstein & Harris, for bringing this case to my attention. Attorney Applebaum is also the creator and writer of the excellent Pennsylvania and New Jersey Insurance Bad Faith Case Law Blog which can be viewed HERE.

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