Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance

By: Bob Meyers, Sedgwick Seattle

Washington state can be a difficult jurisdiction for insurers. To help insurers avoid or mitigate their extra-contractual exposure, Sedgwick LLP’s Bob Meyers published the Second Edition of Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance, arguably the seminal and most comprehensive resource on Washington insurance bad faith law. In his paper, Mr. Meyers cites notable Washington authorities relating to common law bad faith, the Consumer Protection Act, and the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. For insurers’ ease of reference, he also includes excerpts from notable Washington insurance statutes and regulations. In the Second Edition, Mr. Meyers includes four new sections that respectively address whether an insurer must split the file when it is defending an insured subject to a reservation of rights, and the discoverability of loss reserves, reinsurance information, and information about other claims. He also discusses recently filed Washington cases that address who owes a duty of good faith, who may pursue bad faith claims, and whether emotional distress damages are recoverable.

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