On June 15, 2023, Mehr Fairbanks obtained a favorable opinion from the Kentucky Supreme Court related to a more than $15 million trial verdict in Magoffin County that Mehr Fairbanks obtained for its clients in October 2018. Following the jury’s verdict, the case was appealed by the insurance company. With the most recent decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed a decision on appeal by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court held that Kentucky case law “should not be construed as requiring a final judicial determination of coverage prior to filing a third-party tort claim against an insurer.” Importantly, the Court held that “the longstanding requirements of Wittmer v. Jones” continues to apply in insurance bad faith claims.
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