For Northeastern Pa., Large Bad-Faith Verdicts Common

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When it comes to large insurance bad-faith awards, plaintiffs have found a home in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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  • Michael J. Colarusso

    Three verdicts in twenty years? Contrary to the headline, that does not sound "common" to me. I don't pretent to know the politics in Northwest PA, but perhaps there were 3 meritorious cases that went to verdict because the plaintiff's lawyers knew they had a good case and wanted to set an example. Perhaps the defense anticipated a slap on the wrist and now cry foul when they are actually punished for bad behavior. How many bad faith trials have there been? How many were defense verdicts or dismissed on MSJ? Unjust defense verdicts do not make the news, but the occasional large plaintiff verdict is newsworthy because it is so rare. "Dog bites man" is not a story, but "man bites dog" is.

  • Daniel E. Cummins

    More specifically, among the best bad faith attorneys in Pennsylvania whose offices are in Northeastern Pennsylvania include Tim Lenahan of Lenahan & Dempsey in Scranton, Neil O'Donnell of the O'Donnell Law Offices in Kingston, and Carl Guargliardo of Selingo & Guargliardo in Kingston, PA.

  • Larry Hohol

    What a "FLUFF" article. Nowhere in the article does it even consider the possibility that MAYBE a few of these verdicts were awarded because the judge was corrupt and in cahoots with one of the attorneys. The article doesn't mention that former Judge Ciavarella has been sentence to decades in federal prison on corruption charges. Additionally, it also doesn't mention that two (out of eight) of Ciavarella's fellow Common Pleas Judges have also recently gone to federal prison on corruption charges. One of these Judges plead guilty to taking bribes in an........... insurance case. After Ciavarella was indicted, a huge federal investigation was reported on extensively in the local media concerning massive automobile insurance fraud. It got to the point that certain high profile attorneys actually retired and at least one large, well established law firm closed and everyone simply waited for the indictments to arrive on their doorstep. For reasons unknown that investigation simply faded away. The common thought on the street is that this investigation uncovered so much fraud and corruption that the entire judicial system in northeastern PA would be suspect and exposure would create a huge crisis of confidence. Who knows. All we know for sure is that there was plenty of smoke. I especially like the quotes from the attorneys in the article. We all know the BAR Association frowns upon any attorney even hinting there may be a problem in the Judiciary. I am not an attorney so let me tell you that there is so much corruption in the Penna. Judiciary (especially Luzerne County) that I wrote a book about it.
    Sign me:
    Larry Hohol

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