The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled thatpost-judgment interest in a bad faith case against an insurance companyshould not be included in the amount that is doubled or trebledunder Massachusetts law.

The Case

Odin Anderson, his wife, and his daughter filed a personalinjury action in a Massachusetts state court seeking to recover forthe injuries Mr. Anderson suffered after being struck by a busowned by Partners Healthcare Systems, Inc., that was being drivenby one of its employees.

The Andersons also filed a separate action against Partner'sinsurers and claims representatives; proceedings in that actionwere stayed pending resolution of the underlying personal injuryclaims.

After a trial, a jury awarded Mr. Anderson $2,961,000 in damagesin the personal injury action and awarded his wife and daughter$110,000 each.

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