Berks County Judge Defends $21,000,000.00 Verdict vs. Nationwide

Posted on: August 18th, 2015       Attorney Thomas Newell

On July 22, 2015, Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher authored a strongly worded opinion requesting that the PA Superior Court dismiss the appeal of the defendant in Berg v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance.

Back in June of 2014, Judge Sprecher had entered a verdict of $18,000,000.00 in punitive damages and $3,000,000.00 in attorney fees vs. Nationwide as a result of its handling of a car repair claim after a PA car crash. The Berks County Judge stated: “Nationwide strong-armed its own policyholder rather than negotiate in good faith to compensate plaintiff for the loss suffered in the automobile collision.”