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
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2015-07-22: Opinion from Judge Sprecher (2015)
2014-06-24: Trial Court Findings of Fact
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
Litigation: Weintraub V Nationwide