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Liquidation Court Grants Receiver’s Application For Authority To Enter Into Reinsurance Settlements With Three Reinsurers

A Texas court presiding over the liquidation of Santa Fe Auto Insurance Company approved an application by the Special Deputy Receiver for the liquidating company (“SDR”) to enter into a reinsurance settlement with three...more

Recoupment of Defense Costs: An Ohio Court Weighs in on the Debate

An Ohio appellate court recently addressed the much-debated issue of recoupment of defense costs, holding in a 2–1 decision, and on very narrow grounds, that an insurer could recoup nearly $12 million it expended on the...more

New York Rescission Law Strikes Again: Lessons Learned From the Voiding of Heinz’s Product Contamination Insurance Policy

An increasingly popular tool in the insurer’s toolset is attempted rescission of the policy. This tool is particularly sharp if the law applicable to the construction of the policy is that of New York. Earlier this week, the...more

Common Sense Prevails: State of Collapse Nonexistent Thirteen Years before Discovery of Decay

For years, property insurance policies that exclude rot damage have been called upon to cover rot because the policies extend coverage to “collapse”—an undefined term—caused by hidden decay, even if the structure remains...more

Insurance Recovery Group News: Was it Vandalism or Was it Theft?

Was it vandalism or was it theft? According to Connecticut District Court Judge Jeffrey Meyer, that was the $2 million question in Mercedes Zee Corp., LLC v. Seneca Ins. Co., 2015 WL 9311343 (D. Conn. Dec. 22, 2015). ...more

Too Little, Too Late: The Harsh Bright Line of Suit Limitation Provisions

Approximately twenty percent of Americans have been classified as chronic procrastinators, which means one in five policyholders faces a potential problem when suing for coverage. While the statute of limitations for breach...more

New York Court Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Pro Rata Allocation of Defense Costs

In its recent decision in High Point Design, LLC v. LM Ins. Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12690 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2016), the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to consider how and...more

Are you covered? Emerging issues for health care providers under cyber risk insurance

Providers are focusing on cybersecurity with increased urgency. Cyberattacks on health-care organizations reached an all-time high in 2015 and aren't expected to slow down in 2016, Harry Greenspun, director for Deloitte's...more

Skirmishes Along The Cyber Coverage Frontier: Hotel Monteleone And Lloyd’s Of London Fight Over PCI-Related Losses After Data...

While the market for specialty cyber insurance policies has heated up considerably over the past few years, a good deal of uncertainty still affects the market as the scope of these newly-minted policy provisions remains...more

Don’t Let Coverage Issue Delay Settlement

There are a number of steps in-house counsel can take to increase the likelihood of mediation while working with outside counsel on cases defended by carriers. Some mediations directly involve insurance, such as those...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Dismisses Declaratory Judgment Claim

A while back, I wrote about a Georgia Supreme Court decision, Royal Capital Development LLC v. Maryland Casualty Co., that held that diminution in value of real property is potentially covered under a property insurance...more

Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages

For years, the Murrays bought minimum limits vehicle insurance, including minimum UM/UIM from agent Jones. Then they gradually began increasing their limits. They testified that when they discussed UM/UIM coverage with Jones,...more

New Hampshire Supreme Court Holds Excess Insurer Has No Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Stratford Ins. Co., 2016 N.H. LEXIS 8 (N.H. Jan. 26, 2016), the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, addressing a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

New York Federal Bankruptcy Court Finds Insurance Insolvency Proceeding Does Not “Reverse – Preempt” Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

In a recent adversary proceeding in the chapter 11 case involving Ames Department Stores, Inc. (“Ames”), Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company (“Lumbermen’s”) argued that under the McCarran-Ferguson Act, the issues in dispute...more

Texas Federal Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt To Destroy Diversity By Naming Adjuster As Defendant

The insured in Patel v. Acceptance Indem. Ins. Co., No. 4:15-CV-944-A, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10300 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 28, 2016), alleged that Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company and its adjuster, Charles Payne, did not fully...more

Georgia Appellate Court Holds Malpractice Coverage Suit Must Be Arbitrated

The Court of Appeals of Georgia recently affirmed a trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration in a malpractice coverage dispute. McLarens Young International Inc. (McLarens) and American Safety Casualty Insurance Company...more

Coverage for Direct Physical Loss Does Not Necessarily Include “Matching” or Require “Aesthetic Uniformity”

When a property insurance policy covers a multi-story building or multi-building property, and a portion sustains damage, there is often a question regarding the extent to which undamaged property should be replaced to ensure...more

Double-check existing policies for whistleblower coverage

Whistleblower lawsuits under the False Claims Act, also known as qui tam actions, have become more common in recent years. This is particularly so in heavily regulated industries and those in which the government routinely...more

“Insanity Defense” Fails To Preserve Coverage For Insured’s Arson

Missouri resident James Roller set fire to his garage in an attempt to commit suicide. When smoke and fumes surrounded him he changed his mind, fled the garage, and alerted his wife of the fire. Mrs. Roller called 911. A...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Affirms Ruling That Solvent Insurers Not Responsible For Portions Of Insolvent Insurers

Earlier this month, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the insured, not solvent insurers, was responsible for the liability apportioned to policies not covered by New Jersey’s Property Liability...more

Texas Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in In re: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, 2016 Bank. LEXIS 201 (S.D. Tex. Bankr. Jan. 20, 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas had occasion to consider the application...more

SPECIAL FOCUS: The Arbitrability Of Statutes Of Limitations In Reinsurance Disputes

Whether a particular jurisdiction’s statute of limitations provides a reinsurer with a valid basis to deny payment of a cedent’s claim is sometimes a hotly-contested issue. Where a dispute is litigated in state or federal...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

Transportation Newsletter - January 2016

Illinois Appellate Court: A Contingent Automobile Liability Policy Is Not an Excess Policy - The Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, was recently confronted with the interpretation of a Contingent...more

When Product Liability Meets the Uniform Commercial Code

Clients who are first introduced to the concept of strict liability in the context of a product liability lawsuit are often shocked to learn they can be held liable for a product defect simply because they sold the defective...more

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