Mr. Fridman was hurt in a traffic crash with an underinsured motorist and sought benefits under his own insurance policy. He sued Safeco, his insurer, more than 60 days after filing the notice required by state law. Before the trial, Safeco paid Mr. Fridman $50,000, the full benefit under his policy, and moved to dismiss the trial. The judge refused to do so on the grounds that Mr. Fridman was planning to sue Safeco for bad faith and state law requires a jury verdict of damages in such cases. The jury returned a verdict for $1 million in damages. Safeco appealed and the Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed.
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