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"Distinguishing between actionable misconduct and mere second-guessing will require the courts to develop a standard which could have been clearly set forth in the act. It will take years for that issue to make its way through the trial and appellate courts before ultimately being settled by our state Supreme Court," the New Jersey Defense Association stated in a release. (Credit: Piyawat Nandeenopparit/Shutterstock) “Distinguishing between actionable misconduct and mere second-guessing will require the courts to develop a standard which could have been clearly set forth in the act. It will take years for that issue to make its way through the trial and appellate courts before ultimately being settled by our state Supreme Court,” the New Jersey Defense Association stated in a release. (Credit: Piyawat Nandeenopparit/Shutterstock)

A New Jersey statute allowing lawsuits accusing auto insurance companies of bad faith is sure to shake up the state’s personal injury landscape. Lawyers representing auto accident victims say the new law allowing suits over delayed insurance payments will level the playing field for injury claims. But the insurance industry and defense lawyers, for their part, predict a deluge of suits and escalating premiums.

On Jan. 18, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill allowing policyholders whose uninsured or underinsured motorist claims are unreasonably denied or delayed to sue for three times the policy limit, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, attorney fees and litigation expenses.

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