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Blog: The Supreme Court considers meaning of the words “a series of related matters or transactions” within an aggregation clause

by Cooley LLP on

In the recent Supreme Court decision AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman & Ors [2017] UKSC 18 the court considered the meaning of the words “a series of related matters or transactions” within an aggregation clause in order to determine...more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

Cost of Insurance Litigation Review

by Carlton Fields on

As illustrated by the two examples here, recent decisions on preliminary motions seeking to dispose of or narrow the scope of claims challenging COI rate determinations suggest the industry may be enmeshed in litigation for...more

Louisiana Federal Court Finds Removal Proper As Dispute Could Relate To An Underlying Arbitration Clause In Insurance Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, a Louisiana federal court denied a motion for remand of a former machinist’s asbestos-related claim, finding that an English insurer’s removal from state court was appropriate and that the dispute could relate...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Insurer’s Payment to Insured’s Independent Counsel Erodes Policy Limits

A recent Fifth Circuit case highlights the potential risks of purchasing a defense-within-limits policy: If an insurer is obligated to hire independent counsel due to a conflict of interest, that counsel’s fees may erode your...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuits

by Carlton Fields on

In a summary order issued February 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two so-called “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits — Ross v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

Supreme Court says lawyer's referral of client to a doctor for treatment is attorney-client privileged communication, and out of...

The Florida Supreme Court declared that the attorney-client privilege shielded a motor vehicle accident plaintiff from being required to disclose that her attorney had referred her to a doctor for treatment. In Worley v....more

Transparency Watch: Federal District Court Mandates Automatic Disclosure of Third-Party Funding Arrangements for Class Actions

by Carlton Fields on

In January, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California announced a change that makes litigants in putative class action suits subject to requirements mandating automatic disclosure of third-party funding...more

The Ninth Circuit Finds California’s Illustration Statutes Can Serve as the Predicate for UCL Liability

by Carlton Fields on

On March 3, the Ninth Circuit in Walker v. Life Ins. Co. of the SW, ruled that an alleged violation of California’s life insurance illustration statutes could serve as a predicate for liability under the California Unfair...more

Court Applies “Fiduciary Exception” to Mutual Fund Trustees’ Attorney-Client Privilege

by Carlton Fields on

In Kenny v. Pacific Inv. Mgm’t Co. LLC (W.D. Wash.), a federal judge recently ruled that a mutual fund’s independent trustees must produce certain documents that the trustees had redacted or withheld based on attorney-client...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Dual Citizenship Defeats CAFA Diversity

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit recently denied a petition to appeal an order remanding a putative class action to state court, finding the defendant corporations’ dual citizenship defeated minimal diversity under the Class Action...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds That Tower Crane Damaged By Superstorm Sandy Is Not Covered by Project’s Builder’s Risk Insurance...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Lend Lease (US) Constr. LMB Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. 11, 2017 N.Y. LEXIS 112 (N.Y. Feb. 14, 2017) - Early, in its opinion, the New York Court of Appeals noted that “[o]ne of the most dramatic images of...more

Federal Court: Computer Fraud Provision Does Not Cover Fraudulent Debit Card Transactions Conducted Over the Telephone

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last month, the Northern District of Georgia issued a strongly pro-insurer decision holding that a policy insuring computer fraud did not provide coverage for $11.4 million in fraudulent debit card redemptions made over the...more

UK Court Refuses To Remove Arbitrator For Alleged Bias

by Carlton Fields on

A court in the United Kingdom refused to remove an arbitrator for perceived bias where the arbitrator was appointed to arbitrate multiple disputes arising from the same underlying incident triggering insurance coverage. A...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 31 & April 7, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Deficiency Judgment: where a foreclosing bank acquires in rem jurisdiction via service by publication in underlying foreclosure action, bank may still seek personal service over an...more

An Owner May Lend a Vehicle with a Valid Prohibition Against Lending It to a Third Party

by Field Law on

If you loan your vehicle to someone, can you impose a condition that they not lend it on to an unknown third party? In the decade since Mugford v. Weber, the law has been that owners cannot put conditions on their consent to...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies Viability of Statutory Extracontractual Claims in Absence of Coverage

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, April, 7, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in USAA Texas Lloyds Company v. Menchaca, describing its ruling as clarifying much of the confusion that has existed among the courts in Texas with respect...more

Georgia Diminished Value Putative Class Action: Motion to Dismiss Decision

In prior blog posts, I’ve covered developments in the putative class actions against insurance companies in Georgia involving diminution in value on property insurance claims (see my March 11, 2016 post, for example)....more

What is a Morris Agreement?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A “Morris Agreement” is a “settlement agreement entered into when the insurer is defending under a reservation of rights under which the insured stipulates to a judgment, assigns his rights against the insurer to the...more

New Jersey State Court Refuses To Bind Plaintiffs To A Bermuda Court Judgment Where They Were Not Parties To That Action

by Carlton Fields on

A New Jersey state court recently held that the former shareholders of an insurance holding company suing its E&O insurers were not bound by a Bermuda court’s prior judgment where they were not parties to the suit in which...more

Business Litigation Reporter - April 2017

by Goodwin on

Representations and Warranties Insurance Policies – Lessons from the Claims Process - Representations and warranties insurance policies (R&WI Policies)—designed to protect parties from loss arising from breaches of...more

UK: Wood v Capita Insurance Services Limited

by Hogan Lovells on

Be aware of drafting (or seeking to interpret) a contractual indemnity provision in isolation. Appreciating the wider contractual context will avoid surprises. The Supreme Court has held that the indemnity clause in an...more

The Wandering Rocks – Recent Fifth Circuit Jurisprudence On Offshore Indemnity

by Baker Donelson on

A pair of recent Fifth Circuit cases, In Re Larry Doiron, Inc., 849 F.3d 602 (5th Cir. Feb. 23, 2017, rev’d Mar. 7, 2017) and Richard v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., No. 16-30216 — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 835187 (5th Cir. Mar. 2, 2017)...more

Extensive Use Of Attorney-Client Memo In Prior Lawsuit Destroyed Attorney-Client Privilege

by Carlton Fields on

Insured companies sued Travelers for allegedly misrepresenting the scope of coverage afforded for asbestos injury claims under certain Excess Overlayer Indemnity policies. At issue has been the discoverability of a memorandum...more

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