On Thursday of last week, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear a breach-of-contract lawsuit, by panel or the entire court, against Geico Insurance Co. This marks another defeat against the company in the case of Daniel Diperna v. Geico General Insurance Co.Barring appeal, the legal battle between Diperna and the insurance company will end here.
The plaintiff in this case alleges that Geico failed to properly settle a personal injury claim from a car accident that occurred in 2007. Diperna suffered a fracture in his neck in an accident with Joseph Umberger, a driver insured by Geico. The suit alleged that although Geico agreed to a settlement amount of $10,000 per person according to the policy limit, the release was never completed because Umberger never received a financial affidavit to sign. Diperna sued Geico for bad faith.
In 2014, a Middle District of Florida jury awarded Diperna $615,000. Geico’s appeal was denied on the grounds that the evidence supported the claim of bad faith.
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