Berg v. Nationwide

DANIEL BERG and SHERYL BERG, : IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

Plaintiffs : OF BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

VS. : CIVIL ACTION-LAW

Defendant : NO. 98-813 NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE : COMPANY, :

In an insurance bad faith action, arising from a 1976 $25,000 collision claim, by The Bergs against Nationwide, their collision carrier, The Bergs obtained 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.

To learn more about the 1996 crash- collision claim, the litigation resulting from this collision claim & the subsequent appeals of the above awards, please review the following (We suuggest a logical starting place would be the July 07, 2014 Sunday Front Page story reported in the Phila Inquirer, and set forth below as 2014-07-13: Philadelphia Inquirer News Article)

To learn more about the trial court opinion for Berg versus Nationwide, please review the following:

2014-07-13: Philadelphia Inquirer News Article

2019-10-04: Reply Brief for Plaintiffs/ Appellant

2019-09-20: Brief for Apellee Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, Inc.

2019-09-20: Insurance Companies - Amicus Curiae Brief

2019-07-02: Brief for Amicus Curiae United Policyholders

2019-07-02: Brief of Amicus Curiae the Pennsylvania Association for Justice

2019-07-01: Brief for Plaintiffs/ Appellants

2015-09-08: Superior Court Middle District

REPRODUCED RECORDS

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  1. REPRODUCED RECORD Vol. I of V, Pages 1a to 699a (167MB)
  2. REPRODUCED RECORD Vol. II of V, Pages 700a to 1765a (2.49MB)
  3. REPRODUCED RECORD Vol. III of V, Pages 1766a to 2914a (40.4MB)
  4. REPRODUCED RECORD Vol. IV of V, Pages 2915a to 3903a (28.2MB)
  5. REPRODUCED RECORD Vol. V of V, Pages 3904a to 4849a (328MB)

2015-07-22: Opinion from Judge Sprecher (2015)

2014-06-24: Trial Court Findings of Fact

2014-06-21: Verdict

2014-04-17: Superior Court Opinion (2012)

2010-10-22: Supreme Court Opinion (2010)

2007-12-13 Evidence Cited in Briefs

2007-12-13 Berg Record Citation

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