David L. Blinn

David L. Blinn

Low, Ball & Lynch

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Insurance Coverage – Homeowner’s Insurance – “Imminent Loss”

Arthur Grebow, et al. v. Mercury Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second District (October 21, 2015) - Homeowners’ policies are not intended to require that all maintenance costs incurred to prevent collapse...more

11/9/2015 - Homeowner's Insurance Imminent Harm Loss Mitigation Mercury Summary Judgment

Torts – Effect of Howell Decision on Purchased Medical Liens

Anna Uspenskaya v. Clare Meline - Court of Appeal, Third District (October 28, 2015) - Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541 was a landmark case in which the California Supreme Court...more

11/2/2015 - Appeals Assignees Billing CA Supreme Court Car Accident Evidence Health Insurance Insurance Litigation Liens

Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith – Duty to Defend Multiple Policies

21st Century Insurance Co. v. The Superior Court of San Bernardino County - Court of Appeal, Fourth District (September 10, 2015) - Typically, where an insurer is defending an action, it is not bound by any...more

10/12/2015 - Bad Faith Car Accident Duty to Defend Insurance Litigation Stipulations

Insurance Coverage – Fire Insurance – Power of Appraisal Panel

Lee v California Capital Ins. Co. - Court of Appeal, First District (June 18, 2015) - All fire insurance policies issued in California must be on a standard form that includes an appraisal provision as set forth in...more

9/14/2015 - Appraisal Fire Damage Fire Insurance Insurance Litigation Motion to Compel Public Adjusters

Insurance Code §520 Requires Reversal of Prior Supreme Court Decision Upholding Insurance Policy Language Barring Post-Loss...

Fluor v Superior Court (Hartford) California Supreme Court (August 20, 2015) In 2003, the California Supreme Court ruled in Henkel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. (2003) 29 Ca.4th, 934, that a...more

9/1/2015 - Assignments Commercial General Liability Policies Indemnification Liability Insurance Long-Tail Claims Successors Third-Party Liability

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Recovery From Cumis Counsel

Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. J.R. Marketing, L.L.C., et al. - California Supreme Court (August 10, 2015) - Under the Independent Counsel provisions of Civil Code Section 2860, a carrier that defends has...more

8/17/2015 - Attorney's Fees CA Supreme Court Civil Code Cumis Counsel Duty to Defend Hartford Casualty Ins. Insurance Litigation

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Intentional Acts

Shelly Albert v. Mid-Century Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (May 20, 2015) - Generally, when an act by an insured is intentional, Courts have consistently held that there is no...more

6/8/2015 - Appeals Breach of Contract Duty to Defend Insurance Litigation Policy Exclusions Property Damage

Insurance – Property Casualty – Vandalism Exclusion

Hung Van Ong v. Fire Insurance Exchange - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (April 3, 2015) - California’s standard form for fire insurance policies (Insurance Code section 2071) requires coverage for...more

5/5/2015 - Appeals Casualty Insurance Insurance Litigation Policy Exclusions Vandalism

Insurance – Duty to Defend

Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange, et al. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (March 4, 2015) - Typically, claims of sexual assault or claims related to sexual assault are not covered under a standard...more

4/6/2015 - Appeals Duty to Defend Insurance Industry Occurrence Policy Exclusions Sexual Assault

Underinsured Motorist Insurance – Allowable Offsets to Limits

Christina Elliott v. Geico Indemnity Company - Court Of Appeal, Third Appellate District (November 19, 2014)- In California, Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) Coverage and Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) Coverage are...more

12/16/2014 - Car Accident GEICO Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

Torts – Negligence – Assumption of the Risk

Tanya Honeycutt v. Meridian Sports Club, LLC - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (November 6, 2014) - The primary assumption of the risk doctrine has been used by courts to provide immunity from suit...more

12/8/2014 - Appeals Assumption of the Risk Duty of Care Negligence Recreation Sports

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (October 6, 2014) - Most commercial general liability policies provide coverage for negligent acts only. ...more

11/7/2014 - Appeals Commercial General Liability Policies Duty to Defend Massage Therapists Sexual Assault Vicarious Liability

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted

Insurance Coverage – Auto Exclusion for “Nonrelative Resident” not Permitted - Court Of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (September 24, 2014)- Many automobile policies have exclusions against coverage for...more

10/17/2014 - Appeals Auto Insurance Car Accident Family Members Policy Exclusions

Insurance – Broker v. Agent Status as Affecting Liability Against Insurer

Douglas v. Fidelity National Insurance - California Court Of Appeal, First Appellate District (August 29, 2014) - Persons who solicit, sell or negotiate insurance contracts are known generically as “producers,”...more

9/12/2014 - Appeals Bad Faith Contract Formation Insurance Agents Insurance Brokers Property Insurance

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 13, 2014) - There has been a split of decisions in California as to whether incorporation of...more

7/21/2014 - Appeals Commercial General Liability Policies Construction Contracts Construction Defects Cross-Complaints Duty to Defend Manufacturing Defects Property Damage

Insurance Coverage – Bad Faith – Uninsured Motorist Arbitration

Ted Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - When an auto insurer and the insured cannot agree on the value of an uninsured motorist claim, either...more

7/18/2014 - Auto Insurance Bad Faith Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

Evidence – Expert Witness Testimony – Disclosure Requirements

Patrick Cottini v. Enloe Medical Center - Court of Appeal, Third District (May 21, 2014) - Under the Code of Civil Procedure, parties in a civil case may be asked to provide disclosures of expert witness...more

7/7/2014 - Appeals Expert Testimony Material Disclosures

Construction Contracts – Limitation on Recovery For Unlicensed Contractor

E.J. Franks Construction, Inc. v Bhupinder K. Sahota, et al. - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (June 5, 2014) - The purpose of the Contractors’ State License Law (Business & Professions Code sections...more

7/3/2014 - Construction Contracts Construction Disputes Contractor's License General Contractors Licenses Subcontractors

Insurance Coverage – Personal & Advertising Injury – Trade Disparagement

Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v Swift Distribution, Inc. - California Supreme Court (June 12, 2014) - Commercial liability policies provide coverage for “personal and advertising injury.” This term typically...more

7/3/2014 - Advertising Advertising Injury Commercial General Liability Policies Disparagement Hartford Casualty Ins.

Insurance Coverage Newslettter: Transport Inc. v. Superior Court

Vulcan Materials Corp. manufactured and sold PCE, a pollutant used by dry cleaners. R.R. Street & Co. was a distributor for Vulcan, and an additional insured under an umbrella policy issued by Transport Insurance to Vulcan....more

5/21/2014 - Air Pollution Chemicals Contamination Discharge of Pollutants Hazardous Substances

Insurance Coverage – Liability of Adjuster for Negligent Misrepresentation

Bock v. Hansen - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 2, 2014)- 40 years ago in Gruenberg v. Aetna Ins. Co. (1973), the California Supreme Court held that in general, an insurance company’s agents...more

4/17/2014 - Misrepresentation Negligence Negligent Misrepresentation

Weekly Law Resume - February 2014: Insurance Coverage – “Mobile Equipment” Exception to Auto Exclusion

American States Insurance Company v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 27, 2014)- Most commercial general liability policies exclude liability for...more

2/13/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Fast-Food Industry Restaurant Industry Travelers Property Casualty Co. Trucking Accident Trucking Industry

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Insurance Coverage – Additional Insured Endorsements

Transport Insurance Company v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 13, 2014)- Ambiguities in an insurance policy are normally resolved “in favor of the...more

2/4/2014 - Additional Insured Endorsements Vulcan Construction Materials

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Insurance Coverage – Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Todd Berendes, et al. v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, et al. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District (November 18, 2013) - Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage is primarily governed by Insurance Code...more

1/15/2014 - Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorists

Weekly Law Resume - January 2014: Torts – Negligence – Sophisticated User Defense

Buckner v. Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (December 20, 2013) - In Johnson v American Standard (2008) 43 Cal.4th 56, the California Supreme Court first recognized the...more

1/15/2014 - Affirmative Defenses Design Defects Negligence Sophisticated User Doctrine

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