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Insurance Recovery Law - August 2014

“Contractual Liability” Exclusion Applies Only To An Insured’s Assumption of Another’s Liability - Why it matters: The Michigan Court of Appeals joined the majority of courts nationwide in holding that a...more

Garlock Court Grants Access to Sealed Documents Demonstrating a Widespread Pattern of Manipulation of Exposure Evidence

Ford Motor Company recently obtained access to previously sealed testimony and exhibits that formed the basis for a bankruptcy court’s January 10, 2014 Order finding a widespread pattern of demonstrable misrepresentation by...more

Garlock: Lifting the Veil on Asbestos Trust Claims

Over the past four decades the landscape of asbestos litigation has been changing, influenced in large part by many asbestos defendants filing for bankruptcy. In search of solvent defendants, plaintiffs’ attorneys expanded...more

New York Appeals Court Sustains Asbestos Plaintiffs’ Direct Suit against Liability Insurer of Dissolved Corporate Defendant

Can an asbestos bodily injury plaintiff directly sue the liability insurer of a dissolved corporate defendant? Yes, said New York’s Appellate Division, First Department – under certain circumstances. The court’s decision came...more

Asbestos Alert: Paulus v Crane Co.

Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three, Action # B246505 (Filed Feb. 21, 2014, modified Mar. 24, 2014) 2014 WL 1157284 ____Cal.App.4th____ - Sufficiency of Expert Testimony to Prove Causation; Bankruptcy Trust...more

It’s a Matter of Trust: The Garlock Decision as an Impetus for Increased Transparency Legislation in the Asbestos Trust Arena

On January 10, 2014, a bankruptcy court judge considered the estimated asbestos liability for Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC (Garlock), ultimately determining that liability to be $125 million, a fraction of its previously...more

Delaware Decision Makes It Increasingly Difficult for Insurers to Evade Coverage for Dissolved Corporations

Can an injured plaintiff obtain compensation from a dissolved company with unexhausted insurance policies and force the insurer to pay? The Delaware Supreme Court says yes—in certain circumstances. Originally published...more

Environmental Liability of Dissolved Corporations in Delaware is Forever

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, an effort has been made to humanize corporations, culminating in Mitt Romney’s infamous pronouncement that “Corporations are people my friend.” Now it turns out...more

Weekly Law Resume - May 23, 2013: Insurers May Exercise the Attorney-Client Privilege On Behalf of Dissolved Corporate Insured

Mary Melendrez et al., v. Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles - COURT OF APPEAL, SECOND APPELLATE DISTRICT (April 30, 2013) - Petitioners and Plaintiffs Mary Melendrez, individually and...more

In the Matter of Krafft-Murphy Co., Inc., C.A. No. 6049-VCP (Del. Ch. Feb. 4, 2013) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a motion for judgment on the pleadings by certain asbestos claimants (the “Claimants”) seeking appointment of a receiver under 8 Del. C. § 279, holding that the dissolved...more

Jennifer Black Strutt on In re: Federal-Mogul Global Inc.: Third Circuit Holds Bankruptcy Code Preempts Anti-Assignment...

Federal-Mogul Global, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automobile parts, and over 150 affiliates (collectively “Federal-Mogul”), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of asbestos-related liabilities. At...more

Asbestos Alert: Corporations Formed Other than in California Which Have Dissolved May Be Able to Win Summary Judgment in...

Robinson v. SSW, Inc. California Court of Appeal, First District (September 21, 2012) Douglas Robinson died from mesothelioma and his family filed a wrongful death action. SSW, Inc., a Nebraska corporation, sought...more

Extent of Non-Debtor Parent Exposure Under Channeling Injunctions

Originally published in New York Law Journal - Volume 247—NO. 85, Thursday, May 3, 2012. On April 10, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in In re Quigley issued an opinion adopting a narrow...more

Asset Sales in Bankruptcy: An Important Decision

U.S. bankruptcy law permits debtors-in-possession and trustees to sell assets free and clear of claims, liens and other interests. But a federal judge in New York ruled recently that a purchaser does not necessarily buy free...more

How did bankruptcy affect Alabama car defect lawsuit?

Many of us drive every day. If we upkeep our vehicles and follow traffic laws, we generally feel that we should be able to count on our safety. But there are elements that are out of our control, which is a scary thought....more

Inference Alone Is Not Enough

That was the admonition that Judge Robert E. Gerber of the United States Bankruptcy Court delivered to a class of claimants seeking to partially revoke the confirmation order entered in Motors Liquidation Company’s bankruptcy...more

In re Thorpe Insulation Company: The Non-Settling Insurers Strike Back

On January 24, 2012, Judge Ronald M. Gould of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that an appeal filed by certain insurance companies with respect to a plan confirmation order was not moot and that such...more

The United States Supreme Court Applies Equitable Principles in Favor of Insurers in Enforcing Settlement Trust Order by...

The Supreme Court in Travelers Indemnity Company v. Bailey, 57 U.S. ___ (2009) last week reversed a Second Circuit opinion that could have caused insurance companies concerns when contributing to a settlement fund to resolve...more

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