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Massachusetts Appeals Court Addresses Insurer’s Duty to Appeal and Right to Settle

Holding:  Insurer’s Good Faith Settlement After Filing Notice Of Appeal Is Not A Defense to Policyholder’s Liability For Retrospective Premium.  Under a typical general liability policy the insurer has a…

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Claimant’s Delay in Providing Information Defeats Bad Faith Suit

A new Massachusetts Appeals Court case confirms that insurers have the right to fully investigate damages and liability before they must make a settlement offer . . . and that plaintiffs…

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When Does the Insurer’s Duty to Defend Begin?

Can an insurer be liable for a settlement reached by the insured before suit? When the insured injured the claimant in a bar room brawl, the insured notified Vermont Mutual. …

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