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SC Supreme Court holds reservation of rights letters must be specific to be effective

The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued a decision that could have a great impact on how insurers issue reservation of rights letters. In Harleysville Group Ins. v. Heritage Group Communities, Inc., No. 27698,...more

Likelihood of success a prerequisite to insurer's duty to appeal, Mass. court rules

On August 27, 2016, Judge Mitchell Kaplan of the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County - Business Litigation Session, which handles only complex business litigation matters, issued a decision holding that an...more

Eleventh Circuit affirms ruling of no coverage based on insured’s failure to cooperate

As a condition to coverage under standard liability policies, the insured is required to cooperate with its insurer. The provision, termed the “cooperation clause,” typically requires the insured to assist with and...more

New Jersey high court follows nationwide majority on CGL coverage for general contractor

On August 4, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed an intermediate court's ruling that where a subcontractor's defective work causes physical damage to other, nondefective parts of a general contractor’s project, it...more

California's First District holding closes loophole for evading removal jurisdiction in insurance coverage declaratory relief...

California law has long held that the parent and controlling shareholder of an insured corporation has no standing to sue for breach of contract or bad faith under an insurance policy issued to the corporation. In a published...more

Industry and trade groups challenge the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

Earlier this month, eight industry and trade groups launched a broad challenge to the US Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule (Rule) and related prohibited transaction exemptions that were released on April 6, 2016. ...more

Eighth Circuit to insurers: Settlement evaluation must constantly adapt to litigation developments

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit taught an insurer a costly lesson about trying to avoid extra-contractual liability: Insurers must constantly reevaluate their settlement position throughout...more

Arizona court applies traditional exclusion in modern “cyber” coverage form

In one of the first published rulings on coverage under a stand-alone “cyber” insurance policy, a federal court in Arizona recently applied old-school coverage analysis to a new-school cybersecurity policy in P.F. Chang’s...more

Insurance Insight - Texas Supreme Court clarifies extent of coverage for construction defects under CGL policies

In a matter of first impression, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit certified four questions to the Texas Supreme Court arising from an insured’s claims that its liability for a refinery owner’s...more

Insurance Insight - Broad duty to defend applied despite late notice

Even when an insurer receives very belated notice of a suit against its insured, it can face harsh consequences if it does not take action to provide a defense. ...more

Insurance Insight - California: Appellate rulings highlight importance of understanding auto coverage

Two recent decisions from the California Court of Appeal highlight the importance of understanding one’s auto insurance. Both cases left the policyholders without coverage for serious injuries that a simple policy review...more

Pennsylvania: Public policy prevents punitive damages from being recoverable as compensable damages in bad faith or breach of...

In an issue of first impression, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that punitive damages awarded against an insured in a prior personal injury suit are not recoverable as compensable damages in a later breach of...more

Insurance Insight - Florida: Claimant’s bad-faith claim doomed by insured’s failure to cooperate during settlement negotiations

A federal District Court applying Florida law recently ratified an insurer’s diligent responses to a claimant’s cat-and-mouse attempt to manufacture a bad-faith set-up claim. The ruling is interesting because it addresses two...more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Can an insurer be liable for bad faith failure to settle without a settlement demand?

The Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, recently became the latest court to rule on this frequently-disputed issue. The court ruled that, while a primary insurer has an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations...more

Federal court in Florida provides helpful case study in insurance “choice of law” tactics

The Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion that addresses some rarely discussed nuances of insurance choice of law disputes. Sun Capital Partners, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 12-CV-81397, 2015 WL...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court allows insured to settle without consent of insurer defending under reservation of rights

Bad faith claims can have major consequences for insurers. Stopping the Setup gets into the minds of plaintiffs' lawyers and addresses the ways they try to create bad-faith claims against insurance companies. This overview...more

The Tenth Circuit rejects excess insurers’ implied duty to investigate and initiate settlement negotiations

Interpreting Oklahoma law, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing does not require that an excess insurer, unlike a primary insurer, affirmatively investigate...more

11th Circuit to decide whether construction defect notice under Florida repair statute is a “suit”

Recently, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida addressed what constitutes a “suit” within the context of Florida’s right-to-repair procedure for construction defect disputes. In Altman...more

Georgia Courts Reject Two Common Setup Tactics

In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit sought and then applied the Georgia Supreme Court’s answers to two certified questions about policyholder settlements made without the insurer’s consent. Piedmont Office Realty...more

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