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Court Makes an Unsettling Inference to Find that the Statute of Limitations Bars Claims Arising from a 1997 Northridge Earthquake...

In Britton v. Girardi (No. B249232 – Filed 4/1/2015), the Second Appellate District upheld the trial court’s dismissal due to the statute of limitations based on an inference it drew from a letter attached to the complaint,...more

Part 2: Sienkiewicz v Salisbury Group Ltd – Insurers denial of indemnity upheld

In October 2013, James Baird posted an article following the Federal Court’s decision to join insurers to a proceeding issued by the applicants (trustees Mr and Mrs Sienkiewicz and AT Melville Pty Ltd) against their former...more

Reinsurance Exclusion Bars Coverage For Bad Faith Lawsuit

A federal judge in North Carolina recently examined a reinsurance policy provision excluding loss “resulting from any claim for . . . any actual or alleged lack of good faith or unfair dealing in the handling of any claim or...more

Melissa Anderson v. Thomas Aul, 2015WI 19 25 (February 25, 2015)

In a significant decision the Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that claims-made-and-reported requirements in claims made policies should be enforced as written. An insured's failure to report a claim during the time required...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Innocent Misrepresentation on Malpractice Renewal Grounds for Rescission

A law firm partner innocently repeats a misrepresentation by one of his or her partners on a renewal form for the firm’s malpractice insurance. Can the misrepresentation be grounds for completely rescinding the policy? On...more

Professional Liability Alert: Joint Client Can't Claim Privilege For Communications With Attorney Sued By Another Joint Client

In Anten v. Superior Court (No. B258437 – Filed 1/30/2015), the Second Appellate District held that when joint clients do not sue each other, but one of them sues their former attorney, the nonsuing client cannot prevent the...more

New York Court Holds Insurance Law § 3420 Inapplicable to Professional Liability Policy

In its recent decision in XL Specialty Ins. Co. v. Lakian, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8147 (S.D.N.Y. Jan 15, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to consider the application of...more

UK: Media – Sotheby’s auction house wins High Court battle over ‘Caravaggio’ painting

A claim for compensation against Sotheby’s auction house over the sale of a disputed ‘Caravaggio’ painting has been thrown out of the High Court...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - December 2014

In This Issue: - Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal - District of Colorado: Insureds Have No Obligation To Hire Public...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

CA Court of Appeals Confirms that Insured Need Not Accept 2860 Rate Caps For Work Done After Tender, But Before Insurer Accepts...

A recent unpublished decision from California’s Second Appellate Division highlights one of the most common mistakes lawyers make when obtaining insurance coverage for the defense of a lawsuit: accepting the insurer’s...more

Illinois Court Holds No E&O Coverage for Underlying TCPA Violation

In Margulis v. BCS Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 826 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer has a duty to defend an insurance agent under...more

Insurance for Professional Fiduciaries

In an important decision for professionals operating in the trust and asset management sector - and their employers - the English Court of Appeal has recently provided guidance in the case of Rathbone Bros Plc and Paul...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014 #2

South Carolina Court Holds That Absent Substantial Prejudice, Late Notice Does Not Bar Insurer’s Coverage Obligations - Why it matters: A federal court in South Carolina ruled that absent a showing by an insurer...more

Accountant’s Fiduciary Duty as Independent Auditor

In North Carolina, an accounting firm now owes a fiduciary duty to its audit client, both as a matter of law and as a matter of fact. On November 4, 2014, a North Carolina appellate court held — for the first time —...more

Texas Court Construes Professional Liability Policy to Require Defense of Law Firm in Fee Dispute

In Shamoun & Norman, LLP v. Ironshore Indemnity, Inc., Cause No. 3:14-1340, In the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, the federal district court construed a professional liability policy issued by Ironshore to...more

Third Circuit Upholds Defense Cost Reimbursement Clause in Professional Liability Policy

On October 10, 2014, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decided Camico Mutual Ins. Co. v. Heffler, Radetich & Saitta, LLP, where it enforced a policy clause providing for repayment to the insurer of defense costs, and confirmed...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014

Payment of Costs Doesn’t Preclude Unfair Trade Practices Claim Against Insurer - Why it matters: In a significant victory for policyholders, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that an insured had a valid unfair...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18975 - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Concurrence - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Dissent - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown This started as a medical...more

Supreme Court of Mississippi Affirms Disclaimer Based on Professional Liability Exclusion

In its recent decision in Gray v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2014 Miss. LEXIS 534 (Miss. Oct. 23, 2014), the Supreme Court of Mississippi had occasion to consider whether allegations against a paramedic company for negligent...more

Do Lawyers Professional Liability Policies fall within the “no prejudice” amendments to New York’s Insurance Law for late notice?

The New York State Insurance Department has issued an ambiguous opinion taking the position that the amendment to Insurance Law §3420(a)(5), changing the “no prejudice” rule, applies to all liability policies, which arguably...more

“Prior or Pending Litigation” Exclusion Bars Coverage for Litigation that Was Unknown to Policyholder

Companies that do business with the federal government, or whose business transactions otherwise involve payments by the government, undoubtedly understand the exposure they face to “whistleblower” or “Qui Tam” lawsuits...more

Hacking Coverage Dispute Under Professional Liability Policy Gets the Go-Ahead from Federal Court

On October 6, 2014, a federal court denied a professional liability insurer’s motion to dismiss a coverage dispute over a $3.5 million payment the policyholder-bank made when a bank customer’s account was targeted by a...more

New Jersey’s “Direct Action Statute” Is Not A Bar To Judgment Creditor’s Coverage Action

A New Jersey appellate court recently addressed that state’s “direct action statute,” concluding that it did not prevent judgment creditors from pursuing a coverage action arising out of an LMX reinsurance spiral. The...more

Insured Not Justified in Ignoring Claims-Made-and-Reporting Requirements

An insured’s attempt to circumvent the claims-made-and-reporting requirements of its professional liabilty policy, by arguing that the doctrine of promissory estoppel applied, was thwarted when a court ordered summary...more

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