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White and Williams Obtains Complete Defense Verdict for Insurance Client

August 10, 2015

White and Williams successfully obtained a defense verdict on behalf of its client, New York Life.

Leporace v. New York Life was a dispute over the insured's entitlement to millions of dollars in disability benefits over an extended period of time, and allegations that the insurers acted in bad faith in handling the claim. White and Williams filed a dispositive motion seeking to dismiss the plaintiff's five year old claim for benefits. The court accepted the argument on the proper interplay among the statute of limitations and the Proof of Loss and Legal Actions provisions of the policy and dismissed those claims as out of time. 

The case proceeded to trial on the claim of bad faith delay related to the evaluation of a separate, approved claim. Following a six-day trial in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, White and Williams obtained a complete defense verdict for its client. The District Court denied the insured's motion for a new trial, a decision the Third Circuit affirmed.

New York Life was represented by White and Williams' lawyers Robert Pindulic, Luke Repici and Marc Penchansky.

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