SANATOGA PA – An attorney whose primary office is located in Sanatoga, Benjamin J. Mayerson, has helped a Berks County family obtain an $18-million judgment against Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, in what became a more-than-16-year legal dispute over replacement of a $25,000 automobile that was damaged in an accident.
The case may not be over yet. Nationwide has publicly denied the company engaged in bad faith practices that delayed the dispute and which, according to the presiding judge’s decision, played a role in the recent award. The company could appeal the verdict and prolong the dispute even further, although it has not yet announced its intent.
The opinion written by Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey Sprecher took Nationwide to task for the insurer’s alleged failure to provide documents requested as evidence in numerous court filings. Sprecher’s ruling, in part, characterized Nationwide as a “a defense-minded carrier” whose message to customers was “do not mess with us if you know what is good for you.”
The company “applied extensive examples of bad faith in failing and refusing to disclose vital information,” the judge ruled. The size of the award, which attracted national news media headlines since Friday (July 11, 2014), reportedly was based on previous court rulings on a somewhat similar nature.
Mayerson, whose website reports he specializes in personal injury law has practiced as a trial lawyer for more than 20 years, has offices at 1 N. Sunnybrook Rd., as well as in Gilbertsville and Collegeville. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group of about 4,000 attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, it added.
Read more about Mayerson and details of the case:
- Berks County family awarded $18M in suit against Nationwide Insurance (The Pottstown PA Mercury, July 11)
- Berks judge awards $18 million in damages to Brecknock couple (Reading PA Eagle, July 13)
- After small crash, a long, costly court battle (Philadelphia PA Inquirer, July 12)
- Editorial: No insurance against this (Scranton PA Times-Tribune, July 2)
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