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Lack Of Proper Notice To Reinsurer Bars Claim For Payment Under Facultative Reinsurance Contracts

A federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of a reinsurer who had been sued by a ceding company for failure to pay under two facultative reinsurance certificates that reinsured two excess liability policies...more

Trio Of Cases Between Insurers And Reinsurers Reduced To Two

Within weeks of each other, three suits were filed involving overlapping parties and similar claims regarding arbitration of disputes arising from reinsurance agreements between Transatlantic and Continental and between...more

Federal Appellate Courts Address Stranger-Oriented Policies With Mixed Results

Federal appellate decisions concerning stranger-oriented annuity (STOA) and life insurance (STOLI) transactions are infrequent, making the First and Ninth Circuit’s decisions this winter particularly interesting....more

Ninth Circuit Says Disability Plan Participant’s Claim Is Time-Barred

The Ninth Circuit in Gordon v. Deloitte & Touche, LLP Group Long Term Disability Plan, 2014 WL 1394962 (9th Cir. Apr. 11, 2014) affirmed summary judgment in favor of a long term disability plan on the ground that the...more

California Court: Commercial Crime Policy Rescinded Due To Insured’s Material Misrepresentation Concerning Handling of Funds

Kurtz v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., Case No. 2:11-cv-7010 (C.D.Cal. April 14, 2014), was an insurance coverage dispute arising out of the downfall of Los Angeles businessman Ezri Namvar who has also been referred...more

New York Court: Insurer's Failure To Defend Does Not Waive Coverage Defenses

New York’s highest court recently held that an insurer that does not defend its insured may, if later sued by the policyholder seeking coverage, plead policy exclusions as a defense to the coverage claim....more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

Sixth Circuit Refuses To Permit Judicial Review Prior To Conclusion Of Reinsurance Arbitration Proceeding

The Sixth Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to stay arbitration proceedings in a dispute concerning allegations of overbilling on a reinsurance program. The arbitration clause from the treaty established a...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - April 2014

In This Issue: - Third Circuit Seeks Guidance from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Regarding Whether Insured Tortfeasor May Assign Bad Faith Claim to Injured Third Party - District of Colorado: Insurer Entitled To...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Updates

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES - Quiet Title: deed reservation of right-of-way in favor of State, which applied only to tracts of land of 10 acres or more, did not attach to title of landowner of less than 10 acres and,...more

Coverage Opinions Remain Privileged in Bad Faith Action Even Where Gist of Recommendation is Set Forth in Letter to Insured

As a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of West Virginia recently held that coverage opinion letters were protected by the attorney-client privilege even though the insurer subsequently sent correspondence to its...more

California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

High Tide for Lapse Cases? New York Federal Court Holds That Investor Lawsuit Is Not Barred by Statute of Limitations

On March 28, 2014, a New York federal court issued an opinion that may have a significant impact on the already increasing number of lapse-related lawsuits in the life insurance industry. In Lebovits v. PHL Variable Insurance...more

Florida Court Of Appeals: Insured Who Settled Claim For UM Benefits Still Allowed To Add Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer In The...

Safeco Ins. Co. of Illinois v. Rader, No. 1D13-2659, 2014 WL 660204 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Feb. 21, 2014). After entry of partial summary judgment on UM claim, insured successfully moved to amend his complaint to add a...more

Insurance Coverage – Liability of Adjuster for Negligent Misrepresentation

Bock v. Hansen - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (April 2, 2014)- 40 years ago in Gruenberg v. Aetna Ins. Co. (1973), the California Supreme Court held that in general, an insurance company’s agents...more

California Court Holds An Adjuster May Be Personally Liable For Misrepresentations Made To The Insured

Earlier this month, an intermediate level California court rejected arguments that an insurance company’s adjuster owes no independent duty to the policyholders and cannot be liable even for “appalling” misconduct if he is...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Coverage Issue In Underinsured Motor Vehicle Policy

A federal district court has compelled arbitration of a coverage issue arising out of an Underinsured Motor Vehicle Coverage (UIM) policy issued by Farm Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company. ...more

April 2014: Insurance Litigation Update

New York Court of Appeals Answers Important Questions About Whether an Increased Risk of Harm Constitutes a Physical Injury. Over the past fifteen years, the question of whether tort claims for medical monitoring fall within...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Important Exception to the Eight Corners Rule

Florida courts generally adhere to the Eight Corners Rule when determining whether an insurer has a duty to defend its insured. Under this rule, the duty to defend determination is made by looking only at the terms within...more

District of Colorado: Insurer Entitled To Summary Judgment on Bad Faith Claim Where Insured Repeatedly Failed To Provide Requested...

Keeney v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., No. 13-CV-00796-RPM, 2014 WL 622509 (D. Colo. Feb. 18, 2014) - District Court in Colorado grants defendant Insurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment where Insured’s failure to provide...more

Florida, Georgia And Texas Appraisal Update: Is Causation A Coverage Question For The Court Or A Damages Question For The Panel?

In most jurisdictions, underlying coverage issues must be resolved prior to invoking appraisal in a first-party property claim. The question of what constitutes a coverage issue (typically reserved for a court’s judicial...more

Third Circuit Seeks Guidance from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Regarding Whether Insured Tortfeasor May Assign Bad Faith Claim to...

Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 12-4450 (3d Cir. Feb. 20., 2014) - Third Circuit petitions Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to decide whether an insured tortfeasor can assign his or her statutory bad faith...more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Disclaimer Based on Patient Bodily Injury Exclusion

In its recent decision in Volk v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6570 (8th Cir. Apr. 10, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to consider the...more

Insurance and Reinsurance Newsletter: Italy - April 2014

1. IVASS (ITALIAN INSURANCE SUPERVISORY AUTHORITY) – NEW REGULATIONS ON COMPLAINTS MANAGEMENT - On 1 April 2014, the draft measure containing amendments to ISVAP (former Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority)...more

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