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Date: 05-14-2024

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Michael Burner v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

Case Number: 4:24-cv-00016

Judge: Catherine D. Perry

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Thomas E. Schwart

Defendant's Attorney: Anne Marie Piana

Description: St. Louis, Missouri insurance law lawyer Thomas E. Schwart represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendant on a bad faith breach of insurance contract theory claiming $250,000 in damages.

After Defendant, American Family Mutual Insurance Company ("American Family") offered to settle Plaintiff, Michael Michel's ("Michel") underinsured motorist claim for an amount well-below his policy limits, Michel filed this suit alleging bad faith, breach of the insurance contract and negligence.

Under Missouri law, an insured party may recover damages and attorney's fees when an insurance company refuses to pay for a 'loss under a policy' if the company 'has refused to pay such loss without reasonable cause or excuse.

This case was filed in the Circuit Court, St. Louis County, Missouri, case number 23SL-CC04993, and was removed to federal court by the Defendant.

Outcome: Settled for an undisclosed sum and dismissed with prejudice.

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