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Declaratory Judgment Actions and Bad Faith Defense

Our Insurance Coverage Practice Group attorneys are experienced in litigating insurance cases through declaratory judgment actions. The members of the LGWM Insurance Coverage Practice Group are aware of the advantages of resolving insurance coverage cases early. When litigating insurance coverage declaratory actions, our team always has an eye towards reducing costs and attorney’s fees, through limited discovery, and providing early resolution opportunities for insurers, rather than waiting for insureds to take peremptory action. Our attorneys have experience litigating declaratory judgment actions in state and federal courts and are knowledgeable of certain local law and practices which make declaratory judgment actions more or less favorable to insurers in different jurisdictions.

The Insurance Coverage Group at LGWM also advises and defends insurance companies in bad faith actions. Bad faith cases may expose insurers to significant punitive or exemplary damages where the insured claims the insurer failed to satisfy the duties of good faith and fair dealing. Our coverage team assists carriers by reviewing and monitoring underlying litigations, opining on the potential for bad faith recovery as a result of the claims handling of underlying claims, and providing a thorough defense to insurers in the event a bad faith suit is filed.

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Graham R. Pulvere