The Defense Resource Institute, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, recently published the fourth edition of Insurance Bad Faith: A Compendium of State Law with two Birmingham-based attorneys serving as co-authors of the Alabama section. R. Bruce Barze Jr., partner in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham, Ala., office and member of the Insurance Practice Group, and Walter J. Price, partner in Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart’s Birmingham, Ala. office, were selected by DRI to co-author the Alabama section of the Compendium.
As a resource for attorneys and insurers faced with the threat of bad faith litigation, the Compendium is written by leading attorneys across the nation with experience serving as defense and coverage counsel.
Mr. Barze has twenty-three years of experience defending high-stakes personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as handling business and insurance litigation. In addition, Mr. Barze represents clients on insurance coverage matters and risk management issues, and he serves as Alabama panel coverage counsel for several insurance companies. He served on the DRI board of directors from 2011-2014 and is a Past President of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.
Mr. Price has concentrated a large part of his practice over the past two decades on insurance-related matters, including coverage issues, and is one of a few Alabama attorneys who has tried several insurance bad faith cases to verdict. In addition, Mr. Price frequently lectures before legal and insurance industry groups on the topics of insurance coverage and extra-contractual claims against insurers. Mr. Price was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Litigation – Insurance "Lawyer of the Year" in Birmingham and currently serves on DRI’s Drug & Medical Device Committee.
The Compendium addresses the latest developments on topics including theories of liability, damages, whether lack of coverage is a viable defense, whether the plaintiff can proceed against the insurer if it does not prevail in the underlying action, procedural issues including stays and severing claims, and an insurer’s defenses. The fourth edition explores the procedural, technical and legal principles, both statutory and common law that undergird bad faith and other extra-contractual claims.