Defense Win in $8-Million Bad Faith Case

T. Michael Ward and Taylor Connolly secured a defense win in a jury trial for their insurance company client. Plaintiff sought damages against defendant insurance company, asserting counts for equitable garnishment and bad faith, arising out of an underlying judgment entered in favor of plaintiff against the defendant insurance company’s insureds back in February 2020. In the equitable garnishment/ bad faith case, plaintiff claimed the insurance company waived its applicable policy exclusion that negated coverage for the underlying action and judgment as well as claimed the insurance company acted in bad faith for refusing to accept policy limit demands to settle the underlying case. The stipulated amount of the damages sought by plaintiff at the equitable garnishment/bad faith jury trial totaled $8,087,397.27. After two and a half hours, the jury returned a complete defense verdict, finding in favor of the insurance company.