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Eighth Circuit to insurers: Settlement evaluation must constantly adapt to litigation developments

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit taught an insurer a costly lesson about trying to avoid extra-contractual liability: Insurers must constantly reevaluate their settlement position throughout...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Brandt Fees Awarded Post-Trial By A Court Must Be Included In Denominator Of...

On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., holding that so-called Brandt fees should be treated as compensatory damages when calculating the ratio of...more

Florida Court Declines to Apply a Multiplier as to Attorneys’ Fees in a First Party Insurance Coverage Dispute

In Fla. Peninsula Ins. Co. v. Wagner, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 8262 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016), the Second District examined whether the trial court properly applied a multiplier as to attorneys’ fees after the insured homeowners...more

The Duty to Follow-up Part II: When The Underlying Litigation Changes

Last month, we discussed the duty to follow-up in the context of an offer to settle made by a tort claimant and how neglect of that duty cost an insurer dearly by converting a claim that could have been settled for $25,000...more

Third Circuit Holds No Estoppel In Light of Reservation of Rights Letters

In its recent decision in Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Shearer, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9635 (3d Cir. 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to consider...more

Federal Reserve Announces Enforcement Action Against State Bank for Alleged Violation of the National Flood Insurance Act

On May 17, the Federal Reserve announced the execution of a settlement agreement with a state bank resolving alleged violations of the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”), 42 U.S.C. § 4012a(f), and Regulation H, 12 C.F.R....more

An Injunction By Another Name May Still Immediately Be Appealed

The Third Circuit recently reaffirmed its authority to hear appeals from district court interlocutory orders that grant prospective equitable relief under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1), even where injunctive relief had not expressly...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Insureds’ Miller-Shugart Agreement Breached Policy’s Cooperation Clause

In its recent decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Donaldson, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7499 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to...more

Late notice to insurer costs Maryland bank millions

Insurance law generally imposes on a policyholder the duty to give timely notice of claims to its insurance company. Sometimes, because of forgetfulness, ignorance, neglect, or a number of other reasons, companies fail to...more

Court Cannot Divide An Offer To Settle

In Sugar Hut Group Ltd & ors v A J Insurance Service [2016] EWCA Civ 46, 3 February 2016, the Court of Appeal over-ruled the High Court’s judgment about how costs should be awarded where a claimant succeeds on only part of...more

Direct claims against insurers and anti-suit injunctions

In Shipowners’ Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) -v- Containerships Denizcilik Nakliyat ve Ticaret AS (The “Yusuf Cepnioglu”) [2016] EWCA Civ. 386, the Court of Appeal considered the juridical nature of a...more

Are Consent Judgments in Colorado Dead? Colorado Strictly Enforces “No Voluntary Payments” Clause

On Monday, April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co., No. 13SC815 (Colo. Apr. 25, 2016), holding that an insurer does not need to show prejudice to enforce a...more

Aetna vs. BASM: Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered

On April 13, 2016, a jury in Santa Clara, California awarded Aetna, Inc. $37.4 million from Bay Area Surgical Management, LLC (“BASM”), six of its affiliated surgery centers and its three principals. Aetna had accused the...more

Ninth Circuit Leaves it to Policyholder to Pay Eddie Haskell’s Attorneys’ Fees

Moral hazard lurks around the edges of many disputes about liability coverage. Everyone agrees in principle that insurance shouldn’t help bad actors benefit from their wrongdoing, but parties often clash over where the...more

Important Court Decision For No-Fault Insurers -- Federal Court Rejects Argument To Limit Insurers’ Right To Seek Judicial Relief...

We are pleased to inform you of a very favorable recent caselaw development in the no-fault insurance area, in which our firm played a significant role. Specifically, on March 24, 2016, in the case of Liberty Mutual Fire...more

Florida’s Second District Upholds Policy Requirement Regarding Payment Of Subsurface Repairs In Sinkhole Claim

In Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Amat, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 2412 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2d Dist. Feb. 19, 2016), the Second District remanded a final judgment awarding damages in a sinkhole claim for subsurface repairs without...more

Property Insurance Diminution in Value Class Action: Georgia Federal Court Certifies Class

One of the issues I’ve been covering on this blog is a series of putative class actions in Georgia arising out of a Georgia Supreme Court decision in 2012, which held that diminution in value of real property is potentially...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Reminds That Duty to Defend is Broader Than Duty to Indemnify

A liability insurance policy generally imposes two duties on the insurer: (1) a duty to indemnify the insured against claims that are covered by the policy, up to the policy limits; and (2) a duty to defend the insured...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: A passenger who grabs the steering wheel is involved in the “use” or “operation” of the...

Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 394, per Bennett J., Saunders J. and Stromberg-Stein J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - The plaintiff (“Felix”) was driving her car with her intoxicated...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: Insurance Issues: Portage LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company v. Sabean, 2015 NSCA 53, per...

Future CPP benefits fall under the definition of “any policy of insurance” and are therefore deductible from amounts payable by SEF 44 insurers - Portage LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company v. Sabean, 2015 NSCA 53, per...more

Claims Bar Date Creates Trap for Unwary in Reliance Insurance Company Liquidation

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has established March 31, 2016, as the Claims Bar Date in the Reliance Insurance Company Liquidation. Policyholders and claimants may think that if they file a claim on March 31, 2016,...more

Prevent the Itch! Hospitality Industry Tips to Avoid or Manage the Risk of Bed Bugs

It’s hard not to love travel. The Dalai Lama suggests “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before,” and Audrey Hepburn proclaimed that “Paris is always a good idea.” But with bed bugs on the rise, travelers may be...more

Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company

Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, January 19, 2016 - Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages - For years, the...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

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