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Bad-faith litigation has long been a contentious — and big-dollar — issue for insurers.

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Timing is everything when it comes to filing lawsuits, especially claims against insurers for bad faith. (Photo: iStock)

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Policyholders expect prompt resolution of their claims by their insurance companies. When the claim is in dispute, the policyholder may believe that the company is acting in bad faith and file a lawsuit. Generally, policyholders have to follow specific procedures and may have to wait until appraisers or adjusters have completed their work before heading to court. But Florida insureds may no longer have to delay, according to a recent state appellate court case.

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