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Contracts — Breach — Legal entitlement

On May 2, 2016, Chukwuemeka Egwu, appellant, filed a “Motion for the Court to Settle Bad Faith and Dehumanizing Claim Settlement Offer by Allstate Insurance Company,” which the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County treated as the filing of a complaint. Egwu, a self-represented litigant, alleged that he was in an automobile accident on November 23, 2015, with an uninsured motorist. He claimed that his insurer, Allstate Insurance Company (“Allstate”), appellee, should pay him $30,000 for his medical bills and lost wages, the limits of his uninsured motorist policy, plus punitive and other damages.

Pursuant to a motion from Allstate, the circuit court dismissed Egwu’s bad faith claims and claim for punitive damages, leaving only Egwu’s breach of contract claim. On May 2, 2017, the circuit court conducted a jury trial, but at the conclusion of Egwu’s case-in-chief, the court granted Allstate’s motion for judgment. Egwu appealed and contends that the court’s order was not “constitutionally” correct.

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