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SETTLING CLAIMS WITHOUT WAITING FOR DEMANDS FROM THE INJURED PARTIES.


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In 2023, the Kansas Supreme Court docket stated that the outdated view {that a} legal responsibility insurance coverage firm is immune from dangerous religion in settlement if the injured get together has not made a settlement demand, is an inaccurate evaluation of Kansas legislation.  In Granados v. Wilson, ___ Kan. ___, 523 P.3d 501 (2023), the Kansas Supreme Court docket identified what holding on the contrary had didn’t see:

Whether or not the injured get together has demanded compensation or filed a declare with the insurer could also be a truth related to deciding whether or not the insurer breached its implied contractual duties of cheap care and good religion. However that inquiry is reserved for the trier of truth.

    Granted, if the duties of cheap care and good religion don’t, below any set of circumstances, require an insurer to discover settlement earlier than a third-party recordsdata a declare or calls for compensation, then a court docket might declare that precept as a matter of legislation. {Quotation omitted.]  However we hesitate to conclude that the implied contractual duties of cheap care and good religion by no means require such conduct.

Granados, 523 P.3d at 512 (emphasis by the Supreme Court docket of Kansas).

The view that legal responsibility insurance coverage carriers can’t be sued for his or her alleged dangerous religion in settlement until the injured events have made settlement calls for, is explored in § 3:14, Demand From Third Social gathering, in 1 DENNIS J. WALL, LITIGATION AND PREVENTION OF INSURER BAD FAITH (Thomson Reuters 3d Version, 2023 Dietary supplements in course of).

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