Federal Judge blasts Harleysville Insurance
Federal Judge blasts Harleysville Insurance for its conduct and manner in which it treated its insured, Kathleen Ruggiero.
At the close of a bench trial on 12/22/2014, Federal District Judge Alvin Thompson blasted Harleysville Insurance when it denied coverage after a fire loss. The Court stated that it was “outrageous” and Harleysville’s conduct “comes close to using threat of criminal prosecution as leverage in civil litigation. And it’s very disturbing to me. If I were Harleysville, I’d look to resolve this without getting the opinion I’m going to issue.”
Ms. Ruggiero is gratified to finally be vindicated, said her attorney, Sally Roberts of New Britain. According to Attorney Roberts – “Harleysville did not have clean hands in this matter -= it was truly egregious and sinister – the way they handled this claim. Judge Thompson really understood the case, and questioned each witness intently. On the final day of the bench trial when Harleysville presented its claims adjuster and special investigator, they were evasive under relentless questioning by the judge. Finally, in exasperation, when the court could not get straight answers from the witness, the court addressed defense counsel with harsh remarks.
A copy of the transcript is attached.
This has truly been a David and Goliath struggle – with a solo practitioner pitted against the resources of Halloran & Sage, a large defense firm which specializes in insurance defense and coverage issues.
Sally A. Roberts
Law Office of Sally A. Roberts, LLC
11 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Tel: 860.384.6701 /Fax: 860.920.5233