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Brian H. Callaway Quoted in Pennsylvania Record Article, 'Berks Co. $21M Bad-Faith Verdict Overturned; Insurers Welcome the Ruling, Attorney Says'

5/03/2018
Brian H. Callaway Quoted in Pennsylvania Record Article, 'Berks Co. $21M Bad-Faith Verdict Overturned; Insurers Welcome the Ruling, Attorney Says'

Brian H. Callaway, an associate with Pepper Hamilton, was quoted in the April 23, 2018 Pennsylvania Record article, "Berks Co. $21M Bad-Faith Verdict Overturned; Insurers Welcome the Ruling, Attorney Says." The article discusses a recent state Superior Court ruling that vacated a $21 million bad-faith insurance verdict in a more than 20-year-old collision claim.

"Insurance companies should be pleased by this," Brian H. Callaway, an associate and commercial litigator at Pepper Hamilton's Philadelphia office, told the Pennsylvania Record. "The Superior Court essentially recognized that insurers are allowed to perform their own independent evaluations of claims and that not all demands for full policy limits have merit."

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Callaway said Stevens was wrong to not rule with the majority in this case.

"We respect the president judge emeritus' dissent, but [we] believe the majority was correct," he said.

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"The decision was so anticipated because the trial court’s award of $21 million was so high that it seemed like it might be an outlier," Callaway said.

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"The most surprising thing about the decision is probably the extent to which the majority pointed out how much of the trial court's decision was based on broad assumptions about the insurance industry in general and not on the facts of this particular case," Callaway said.

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