Policyholder May Proceed Against Swiss Re in West Virginia Court
December 15, 2009
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A federal judge has denied Swiss Reinsurance Corp.'s motion to dismiss bad faith claims brought by an insured seeking coverage for a furnace malfunction, ruling that the policy at issue is unclear as to whether Swiss Re acted as insurer or reinsurer. Felman Production Inc. v. Industrial Risk Insurers, et al., No. 3:09-0481 (S.D. W. Va.).
After examining the policy language, Judge Robert C. Chambers of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Virginia ruled that it was reasonable for the policyholder to expect Swiss Re to act as a direct insurer.
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