Case Line of the Day

In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v Campbell

(In this case, State Farm’s insuree, who was 100% at fault, killed one person and permanently disabled another. State Farm contested liability, refused to settle, lost in trial and was ordered to pay $185,849 in damages)

At first State Farm refused to cover the $135,849 in excess liability. Its counsel made this clear to the Campbells [the insurees]: “You may want to put for sale signs on your property to get things moving.” Nor was State Farm willing to post a supersedeas bond to allow Campbell to appeal the judgment against him.

That is one of the more incredibly dickish things I’ve thus read in a Supreme Court opinion.

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