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Berg v. Nationwide

In an insurance bad faith action, arising from a $25,000 collision claim, Mayerson Law secured a punitive damage award of $18 million, plus $3 million in attorney fees, against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The verdict was entered in Berks County on June 21, 2014. This is the largest insurance bad faith verdict, by a policy holder against their own insurance company, in Pennsylvania history.

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Superior Court Opinion (2012)

Opinion from Judge Sprecher (2015)

Philadelphia Inquirer News Article

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    Insurance Bad Faith
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    Head On Collision Case
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  • $1,130,000.00
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  • $1,075,000.00
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  • $1,025,000.00
    Underinsured Motorist Arbitration
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  • $1,025,000
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  • $865,000.00
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  • $750,000
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  • $575,000
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  • $300,000
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  • $270,000
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