Badiali v. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance

Augustine Badiali was awarded over $29,000 in an uninsured motorist arbitration claim. New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance (NJM) was responsible for $14,500 of the awarded but rejected it and demanded a trial de novo. The NJ Supreme Court ruled that NJM’s rejection of the award was not bad faith because a previous unpublished court opinion gave the insurer fair reason to believe that it was making a legitimate business decision.