Brian Margolies

Brian Margolies

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9th Circuit Certifies Questions Regarding California’s Notice-Prejudice Rule

In its recent decision in Pizter College v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 668 (9th Cir. Jan. 13, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had occasion to consider the applicability of a...more

1/17/2017 - Choice-of-Law Insurance Litigation Notice Prejudice Rule Prior Express Consent

9th Circuit Holds Insured vs. Insured Exclusion Applicable to Claims Brought by FDIC

In its recent decision in FDIC v. BancIsure, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 452 (Jan. 10, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals had occasion to consider the scope of an insured vs. insured exclusion in the context of...more

1/12/2017 - Board of Directors D&O Insurance FDIC Malfeasance Policy Exclusions Shareholder Litigation

Seventh Circuit Addresses Written Contract Requirement for Additional Insured Coverage

In its recent decision in Selective Ins. Co. v. Target Corp., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 23370 (7th Cir. Dec. 29, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, applying Illinois law, had occasion to consider...more

1/5/2017 - Additional Insured Insurance Litigation Target

Montana Court Holds D&O Insurer Had Duty to Advance Costs

In its recent decision in Johnson v. Federal Rural Electric Ins. Ex., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173037 (D. Mont. Dec. 14, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider a D&O...more

12/20/2016 - Business Disputes D&O Insurance Duty to Defend Insurance Industry Policy Exclusions Reservation of Rights

Montana Supreme Court Holds Co-Insurer Breached Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in J & C Moodie Properties, LLC v. Deck, 2016 MT 301 (Mont. Nov. 22, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes a breach of an insurer’s duty to defend in a...more

11/29/2016 - Breach of Duty Commercial General Liability Policies Construction Defects Duty to Defend Farm Bureau MN Supreme Court Reservation of Rights

California Court Holds No Duty to Defend Under Liquor Liability Coverage Form

In its recent decision in Camp Richardson Resort, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155707 (E.D. Cal. Nov. 9, 2016), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had...more

11/15/2016 - Commercial General Liability Policies Duty to Defend Resorts & Restaurants Wine & Alcohol

New Jersey Court Holds Pre-Suit Demand Letter Constitutes a Claim

In its recent decision in S.M. Elec. Co. v. Torcon, Inc., 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2289 (N.J. App. Div. Oct. 19, 2016), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, had occasion to consider what constitutes a...more

10/25/2016 - Breach of Contract Construction Project Professional Liability Insurance Reporting Requirements

Ohio Court Holds Software Audit Demand Is a Claim Under D&O Policy

In its recent decision in Eighth Floor Promotions v. The Cincinnati Ins. Cos., 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 4119 (Oct. 11, 2016), the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District, had occasion to consider whether an audit...more

10/18/2016 - Copyright Infringement D&O Insurance Insurance Litigation IP License Policy Exclusions Remand

Montana Court Enforces Oil and Gas Exploration Exclusion

In its recent decision in Palmer v. Northland Cas. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138556 (D. Mont. Oct. 5, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider the application of an oil and...more

10/11/2016 - Commercial General Liability Policies Environmental Liability Oil & Gas Policy Exclusions Wrongful Death

Indiana Court Addresses Enforceability of Retroactive Date

In its recent decision in Debbie Sunshine v. General Star Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131213 (S.D. Ind. Sept. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion to consider the...more

9/30/2016 - Appraisal Claims Made Policy Misrepresentation Professional Liability Insurance Retroactivity

Ninth Circuit Holds Extrinsic Facts Triggered Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Burlington Ins. Co. v. CHWC, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3941 (9th Cir. Mar. 3, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, applying California law, had occasion to consider an...more

3/10/2014 - Duty to Defend Extrinsic Evidence Insurance Industry

California Court Denies Summary Judgment on Known Conditions Exclusion

In its recent decision in Lennar Mare Island v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26405 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had occasion to consider the...more

3/5/2014 - Contaminated Properties Cost-Containment Pollution Liability Insurance Remediation Scope of Work

Maryland Court Holds Prejudice Rule Applies to Claims Made and Reported Policy

In its recent decision in Navigators Specialty Ins. Co. v. Med. Benefits Administrators of Maryland, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22631 (D. Md. Feb. 21, 2014), the United States District Court for the District of Maryland had...more

3/3/2014 - Claims Made Policy Notice Prejudice Rule

New York Court Holds Claimants Had No Standing to Sue Professional Liability Insurer

In its recent decision in Commonwealth Land Title Ins Co. v. American Signature Services, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22172 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 20, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York had...more

2/26/2014 - Liability Insurance Professional Liability Standing

New York’s Highest Court Vacates Its Decision in K2

In its February 18, 2014 decision in K2 Investment Group, LLP v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., New York’s Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – had occasion to revisit its prior ruling concerning the effect...more

2/19/2014 - Breach of Duty Duty to Defend K2 Investment Group

New York’s Highest Court Holds Limitation on Suit Provision Unreasonable

In its recent decision in Executive Plaza, LLC v. Peerless Ins. Co., 2014 NY Slip Op 898, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 165 (N.Y. Feb. 13, 2014), the Court of Appeals of New York, New York’s highest court, on a question certified from the...more

2/17/2014

10th Circuit Certifies Late Notice and Reporting Questions to Colorado Supreme Court

In its recent decision in Craft v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2680 (Feb. 11, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, applying Colorado law, had occasion to consider whether...more

2/17/2014 - Late Notices Notice Prejudice Rule Occurrence

Florida Court Holds Notice After Default Not Necessarily Prejudicial

In its recent decision in Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Caylao, Case No. 1D12-5733 (Fla. 1st DCA. Feb. 4, 2014) the First District Court of Appeals for the state of Florida had occasion to consider whether an insurer who receives...more

2/12/2014 - Default Indemnification Insurance Industry

Third Circuit Holds Interrelated Claims Provision Is An Exclusion to Coverage

In its recent decision in Borough of Moosic v. Darwin National Assurance Co., 2014 U.S. Ap. LEXIS 2118 (3d Cir. Feb. 4, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion...more

2/10/2014 - Claims Made Policy Condition Precedent Exclusions Writ of Mandamus

Illinois Court Holds Junk Fax Claim Not Within Products Coverage

In its recent decision in Windmill Nursing Pavilion v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2013 IL. App. (1st) 122431, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider the scope of products-completed operations...more

2/4/2014 - Faxes FCC TCPA Telecommunications

California Court Holds Food Truck Constitutes Mobile Equipment

In American States Insurance Company v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 74 (January 27, 2014), California’s Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether a food truck...more

2/3/2014 - Auto Insurance Fast-Food Industry Liability Insurance Restaurant Industry Travelers Property Casualty Co. Trucking Industry

Florida Court Holds Insurer Not Estopped From Denying Pre-Tender Costs

In its recent decision in Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7715 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to...more

1/29/2014 - Duty to Defend Florida Insurance Industry Legal Costs

Texas Supreme Court Holds Exclusion Inapplicable to Construction Defect Claim

In its recent decision in Ewing Constr. Co. v. Amerisure Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. LEXIS 39 (Tex. Feb. 27, 2013), the Supreme Court of Texas addressed certified questions from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth...more

1/24/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Construction Contracts Construction Defects Construction Disputes Exclusions

California Court Addresses Additional Insured’s Reasonable Expectations

In its recent decision in Transport Insurance Company v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County, No. B249470, slip op. (2nd Dist. Cal. Jan. 13, 2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Second District had occasion to...more

1/21/2014 - Additional Insured Commercial General Liability Policies Umbrella Policies

Texas Court Predicts Accrual Date for Prompt Payment of Claims Act

In its recent decision in Cox Operating v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3140 (S.D. Tex. Jan. 10, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas had occasion to consider...more

1/15/2014 - Cause of Action Accrual Penalties Prompt Payment

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