Fraud / Bad Faith
Proper representation in fraud / bad faith claims is essential. are Since the 1981 recognition of the tort of “bad faith” in Alabama, Huie has defended insurers against these potentially significant claims. This expertise is vital given the punitive damage exposure often faced in these cases. The Firm’s knowledge of the insurance field and claims processes, as well as a history of trying complex and difficult cases, combine to make it exceptionally well-suited to defend such matters. Our attorneys have tried fraud and “bad faith” cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts throughout Alabama.
We recognize that such cases require innovative approaches to defense. We have experienced extraordinary success in seeing claims bifurcated, allowing for defense of the claim position. This helps to avoid the time, expense and difficulty of extra-contractual discovery and trial. Examples of our experience in this area include the defense of personal lines carriers in cases arising out of homeowner’s and automobile claims and defense of insurers issuing commercial liability policies. We’ve also defended claims arising out of business income losses and defended insurers against class claims related to underinsured motorist claims. In light of our experience in this field, Huie is the exclusive statewide counsel to a number of insurers for such claims.