Monthly Archives March 2016

Bad-Faith Failure-to-Settle Claims Accrues Only After Final Judgment, Delaware High Court Says

The statute of limitations for a bad-faith failure-to settle claim accrues when an insured suffers a judgment in excess of policy limits and that judgment becomes final and non-appealable, according to the Delaware Supreme Court. In Connelly v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., C.A. No. K14C-09-002 (March 4, 2016), the Court rejected State Farm’s contention that the bad-faith claim accrues only when the insurer allegedly acts in bad faith and breaches its duty to the insured. State Farm had provided a defense to its insured for a motor vehicle accident lawsuit. The driver offered to settle the case with
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