Three recent mainland Abuse of Process cases have addressed the situation
where insurance carriers have used the expenses and delay of
litigation to drive plaintiffs (claimants) into the ground.
This is a common insurance company tactic here in Hawaii as well as on the
mainland. By driving up the costs of litigation, the insurers are able to
escape or substantially reduce their claims payouts both in the current claim and
by deterring people from bringing similar claims in the future. However, such
unethical actions may give rise to claims for insurance company bad faith here
in Hawaii as they have on the mainland. For more information please visit
Hawaii Insurance Bad Faith Lawyer - Attorney
page and scroll down to the lower part of that page to the
section entitled "Abuse of Process and Bad Faith Claims".
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
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