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Washington Bad Faith Law At A Glance

by Sedgwick LLP on

In all insurance matters, all persons owe a duty of good faith, to abstain from deception, to practice honesty and equity, and to preserve inviolate the integrity of insurance. RCW 48.01.030; Appendix A. A cause of action...more

Ruling Elevates Conflicts Considerations in Insurance/Tripartite Relationship Cases - After Washington Supreme Court Decision,...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Relationships between insurer, insured and insurer-appointed defense counsel – also known as the "tripartite relationship" – have long been recognized as a potential source of conflicts of interest. By a 5-4 majority in...more

Lender-Affiliated Captive Reinsurer Obtains Dismissal Of Mortgage Insurance Lawsuit Brought By Illinois Director Of Insurance

by Carlton Fields on

The suit arose out of an arrangement where lenders would refer borrowers to (now-defunct) Triad Guaranty Insurance Company (Triad) to obtain private mortgage insurance. The lender-affiliated captive insurance company would...more

Beware: Claims Investigations May Not Be Protected From Disclosure In Maryland

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Insurance companies and lawyers defending insurance companies oftentimes try to shield claims investigations from disclosure during discovery. Oftentimes, the claimed basis for non-disclosure is the work-product privilege. In...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Post-Liquidation Reinsurance Claim As Time-Barred

by Carlton Fields on

We previously posted on the trial court’s ruling addressing the statute of limitations in this case on June 23, 2016. By way of background, the underlying contract between the insurer and the reinsurer required the insurer to...more

Despite No Allegations of Bad Faith or Tortious Conduct, Liberty Mutual Owes Millions for Breaching the Duty to Defend

by Carlton Fields on

In Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:15-cv-01264-JES-JEH, 2017 WL 3388161 (C.D. Ill. Aug. 7, 2017), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment for...more

Eleventh Circuit Reinstates Auto Body Shops’ Antitrust Claims Against Insurers

In a 2-1 decision issued on September 7, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing antirust claims brought by auto body shops against a group of car insurance companies in the In re Auto Body...more

Fourth Circuit Reverses Ruling That Reinsurance Agreement Is An “Insurance Contract” Under Virginia Law

by Carlton Fields on

Applying the doctrine of judicial estoppel, a district court refused to compel arbitration finding that the arbitration clause in a reinsurance agreement was unenforceable under a Virginia statute that voided a mandatory...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Abstention Doctrine in Insurance Coverage Declaratory Action

by Carlton Fields on

Insurers looking to remove declaratory judgment actions to courts in the Third Circuit were recently given some clarity — and, for one defendant insurer, a welcome reversal. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Sharply-Divided Washington Supreme Court Holds That Sureties, Like Insurers, Must Pay Attorney Fees to Prevailing Parties When...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

King Cnty. v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projets/Parsons RCI/ Frontier-Kemper, JV, No. 92744-8, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 743 (July 6, 2017) - King County contracted with three construction firms (collectively, “VPFK”) to construct a...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

by Carlton Fields on

A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES: Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. v. Able Eavestroughing Ltd., 2017...

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V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES - A. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench finds CRA entitled to priority to “earned but unpaid” contract funds held by obligee (over the surety who had paid out labour and material payment bond claims...more

Maximizing Insurance Recoveries for Hurricane Harvey Losses

by Jones Day on

With Hurricane Harvey having pummeled much of the Texas Gulf Coast, businesses will soon look to secure insurance recoveries for the estimated billions of dollars in property damage and business income losses left in its...more

Aetna and its Vendor Face Class Action Lawsuit over HIV Disclosure

A Pennsylvania man has filed a class action lawsuit against Aetna Inc., accusing it of violating his privacy rights when the insurer mailed him prescription information in an envelope with a large, clear window that disclosed...more

Texas Appeals Court affirms Class Certification in Case Alleging Roofer Violated Insurance Code

by Carlton Fields on

Texas homeowners Joe and Stacci Key sued their roofer, Lon Smith Roofing Contractors (“LSRC”), alleging LSRC violated the Texas Insurance Code by acting as an unlicensed public insurance adjustor. The trial court granted...more

Washington Supreme Court Reaffirms that Pollution Exclusions Do Not Bar Insurance Coverage Where Negligence Is the Primary Cause...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On August 17, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court declined to reconsider its recent landmark ruling in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Co. RRG, 393 P.3d 748 (Wash. 2017), that an absolute pollution exclusion in an...more

Mobile App Terms and Conditions Decision Clarifies Best Practices in App Designs to Support Enforcement of Contract Provisions

The Second Circuit issued a decision of interest to every company that utilizes a mobile app to interact with its customers. In Meyer v. Kalanick, the court enforced the mandatory arbitration provision in the Uber app. The...more

Are Communications With an Expediter or “Land-Use Consultant” Privileged?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In an action brought against a title company for losses in connection with a property sale, Justice Elizabeth H. Emerson, in JBGR LLC v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., denied the title insurer’s motion to amend its answer to add...more

Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege Despite Advice Of Counsel Defense In Tax Case Involving Reinsurance Transaction

by Carlton Fields on

This case involves a tax dispute centering on whether certain “purported” insurance and reinsurance transactions “lacked economic substance.” Following an in camera review of communications identified in Respondents’...more

Individualized Inquiries and Difficulties Identifying Class Members Doom Title Insurance Reissue Rate Class Action

by Carlton Fields on

The District Court of Idaho recently decertified a title insurance reissue rate class action, finding the initial justifications for class certification have “not withstood the test of time.” Under the Idaho Rate Manual,...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Grants Motion To Dismiss Based On Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff RAD Manufacturing, LLC (“RAD”), a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in Pennsylvania, and its insurer and reinsurer (as subrogees) brought an action in federal court in Pennsylvania against...more

The Ninth Circuit Weighs in on ERISA’s Plan Document and Summary Plan Description Requirements: Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health...

Mull v. Motion Picture Ind. Health Plan educates employers on the basics of the requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing plan documents and summary plan descriptions. The lessons are...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms Court’s Limited Power To Review Appraisal Awards

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently handed down an important decision reiterating the high bar to overturning arbitration awards while, at the same time, clarifying a portion of the applicable statute providing for...more

Claim Barred by Florida's Construction Defect Statute of Repose? Maybe Not. Florida Court Says You Should Read The Construction...

Claim professionals are often reminded that even the most meritorious claim is worthless if not filed within the applicable statute of limitations or statute of repose. In the world of construction defect claims, Florida law...more

CGL Insurance Coverage for Advertising Injuries: Upping the Ante for IP Litigation

by Jones Day on

August 2017 In Short The Situation: Reversing a pair of federal district court rulings, the Fifth and Ninth Circuits have held that insurers must defend commercial general liability policyholders in advertising injuries...more

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