good faith and fair dealing


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good faith and fair dealing

1 actions taken with the best interests of the patient in mind and without harmful intent.
2 in employee relations, an implied covenant preventing an employer from terminating an employee solely to avoid paying the employee for services already performed.
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This means that neither party will do anything to unfairly interfere with the right of any other party to the contract to receive the contract's benefits; however, the implied promise of good faith and fair dealing cannot create obligations that are inconsistent with the contract's terms.
Insurers have had more success pleading reverse bad faith claims as a contractually-based breach of the policyholder's duty of good faith and fair dealing.
In the surety context, there are a number of important contracts to which either the duty of good faith and fair dealing or the doctrine of "necessary implication" might apply.
The insurer argued that the covenant of good faith and fair dealing did not come into play because the insurance policy did not, by its terms, provide a right to an insured to prosecute a claim against a third party.
The court found that although there was no question that in Massachusetts bad faith required a showing of more than simple negligence, courts in other jurisdictions have recognized that--at least in the context of insurance contracts--a showing that the conduct was "highly unreasonable" or in deliberate disregard of a threatened harm could constitute a breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Allstate subsequently filed a motion to dismiss Hovet's claims against it, arguing that the duty of good Faith and fair dealing only applies between insurer and insured, not insurer and claimant.
But he granted the district's motion to dismiss claims of breach of contract and breach of good faith and fair dealing.
An insurer has no claim against its insured in tort for the breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, the California Court of Appeal, Second District, decided in Agricultural Insurance Co.
The Complaint alleges and seeks recovery of damages for breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of warranty, fraud, tortious interference with contract, tortious interference with business expectancy, misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of the Lanham Act and unfair competition.
The lawsuit accuses Aetna of unfair competition, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment.
The latter charge, referred to in the lawsuit as breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, also requests punitive damages, Dillon said.