John Shugrue

John Shugrue

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Disaster and Business Interruption Coverages in the Wake of the Polar Vortex

The “Polar Vortex” created severe cold weather conditions and record low temperatures across most of the United States. Many businesses suffered property damage or loss of business as a result of weather-related shut downs,...more

1/20/2014 - Business Interruption Insurers Natural Disasters Polar Vortex Property Damage

Protecting Your Insurance Rights As A Result of the West Virginia Chemical Leak

Last Thursday’s chemical leak in Charleston, West Virginia, has cut off water to nearly 300,000 people. Businesses in the area have been forced to close, and must remain closed until the city can decontaminate the water...more

1/15/2014 - Chemicals Contamination Drinking Water Hazardous Substances Water Water Supplies

Recent Developments in Additional Insured Coverage in Texas

As part of the ongoing insurance coverage dispute following the sinking of the Transocean offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has issued, and the Texas Supreme...more

10/22/2013 - Additional Insured Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Offshore Drilling Transocean

Colorado Flooding Implicates Insurance Coverage for Energy Companies

The damage caused by the recent flooding in Colorado is catastrophic and has evermore changed the lives of many who live in and around the affected communities. As the waters recede, the impact of the destruction is being...more

10/1/2013 - Commercial General Liability Policies Flooding Insurers Natural Disasters Oil & Gas

Lennar Corp., et al. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co., No. 11-0394 (Tex. Aug. 23, 2013): Texas Supreme Court Affirms 'All Sums' Allocation...

On August 23, 2013, in Lennar Corp., et al. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co., the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion that confirms two important aspects of pro-policyholder insurance law, despite insurers’ repeated attempts to...more

8/28/2013 - Construction Defects Construction Disputes Insureds Insurers Prejudice Voluntary Payments

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Damages are Insurable, According to Illinois Supreme Court

Companies defending claims in Illinois that they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) can breathe a sigh of relief: damages under the Act are insurable, according to the Illinois Supreme Court. Interpreting...more

5/29/2013 - Class Action Damages Insurers Settlement TCPA

Fifth Circuit Reverses District Court in Deepwater Horizon Insurance Coverage Litigation and Grants BP Unlimited Access to...

On March 1, 2013, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in In re Deepwater Horizon, No. 12-30230, 2013 WL 776354 (5th Cir. March 1, 2013), held that BP PLC ("BP") can access...more

3/27/2013 - Additional Insured BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill Liability Insurance Transocean

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