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“What’s an Insurer to Do: Multiple Claims and Insufficient Limits”

On September 1, 2009 by Schnader

Jonathan Stern, counsel in the Firm’s Washington, DC office, authored an article for the September 2009 issue of For the Defense, the monthly publication of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). In “What’s an Insurer to Do: Multiple Claims and Insufficient Limits,” Mr. Stern writes that the multiple claims and insufficient limits scenario is a difficult one for the insurer. Competing claims for insurance-funded settlements are likely to be made with threats of bad faith claims to come. The insurer is sure to be pushed and pulled in all directions. However, he explains that there are logical steps to take to best protect the insureds and, at the same time, avoid – or be well-positioned to defend – claims of bad faith.