Bad Faith / Extracontractual Consultation & Litigation


Selman, Leichenger, Edson, Hsu, Newman & Moore LLP has one of the state's premier bad faith/extracontractual departments. Our litigators have handled bad faith and other extracontractual suits such as unfair competition, malicious prosecution, etc., with consistently good results, including trial, motions for summary judgment and early resolutions when necessary. Our lawyers also provide consultation in response to policy limits demands with an eye toward balancing the need for fair resolution while minimizing the risk of bad faith liability.

One of the keys to the success of the bad faith department is the unparalleled judgment developed over more than 30 years of handling such matters, which allows its lawyers to determine which cases to resolve early in the process, and those which can be taken to trial.

Contact our firm today. We handle cases across the U.S., and we can connect you with one of our attorneys who focuses on bad faith/extracontractual matters.

Oftentimes the best defense against extracontractual litigation is to avoid such claims in the first instance.We work closely with clients to ensure that coverage positions and claim handling procedures insulate the carriers from unwanted exposure to extracontractual claims. Insurance carriers throughout the United States rely on our expertise for protection in this key area.

Our lawyers have handled claims spanning a diverse range of industries and issues, including drafting of policy forms and endorsements, excess insurance, first-party coverage including earthquake and travel, all lines of liability coverage including professional liability and directors and officers, and specialized expertise in construction, entertainment, environmental and toxic tort matters.

When a company is faced with allegations of bad faith, we are one of the most experienced firms insurance carriers turn to for defense. Knowledge of the substantive law, expert witnesses, and underwriting and claim handling procedures gives our lawyers an edge in achieving the best possible results for clients. Our significant experience in trial and appellate courts allows us to move quickly to shield clients from exposure, and often results in early resolution through summary judgment.

The bad faith department represents carriers that have been sued for declining to provide policy benefits or where a judgment exceeds policy limits. These suits typically seek extracontractual damages, including punitive damages, in addition to policy benefits. The number and severity of these suits can be minimized through increased awareness of the decisions that can trigger these actions. We offer client training seminars with the specific goal of increasing claim handler knowledge and sensitivity to the issues that can lead to extracontractual claims.

If you would like to discuss a specific extracontractual issue, please contact us to speak with an attorney.