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Insurance Bad Faith and Punitive Damages Deskbook

Barry Zalma


ISBN: 978-1-948092-03-6
Format: Epub, Mobi

Understand the relationship between insurance, the tort of bad faith, and why punitive damages are awarded to punish insurers.

Previously, a person suing an insurance company in the United States could only recover contract damages, but when the tort of bad faith was created by the courts contract law was enormously affected, allowing insureds to sue insurers for both contract and tort damages, including punitive damages. Read a thoughtful analysis of how punitive damages apply in the United States to insurance bad faith suits, and why some states allow judges and juries to award punitive damages against insurers in civil litigation.