Jury Returns $60 Million Verdict Against Unum and Paul RevereJanuary 3, 2009 | Business, Disability Claim Denials, Filing Disability Claims, Resources
A Nevada jury returned a $60 million verdict against disability insurers Unum and Paul Revere for a bad faith disability denial in the case of Merrick v. Paul Revere. This verdict came after Unum appealed an earlier jury verdict of $11.65 million and a new trial was ordered. The second trial focused on the proper punishment for Unum and Paul Revere, based on an alleged longstanding scheme for improperly denying and terminating legitimate disability claims. Many states like Nevada have “bad faith” laws which allow claimants to sue for punitive and other extra-contractual damages if an insurer has acted in bad faith.
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