Between the Lines

A Discussion of Case Law and Statutory Law Affecting Commercial Lines of Insurance


Insurers May Have a Harder Time Moving Bad Faith Cases to the Business Law Section

Insurers sued in Massachusetts on coverage and bad faith issues often want to move the case to the Business Law Section (“BLS”) of the Suffolk Superior Court.  Those requests appear to have been routinely granted . . . until now.  In a recent decision, one Superior Court judge has held that “the parties have failed to make that the complexity of [the case’s] issues, and its management needs, exceed those of insurance coverage cases and “bad faith” claims (e.g., 93A/176D actions) that this court oversees on a regular basis.”

See Exclusively Cats Veterinary Hosp. v. Casualty and Indem. Co. Inc. of Md., 2012 WL 626174 (Mass. Super).

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Steve Schreckinger

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