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Defense Lawyers Beware: Failure to Supplement Answers to Interrogatories Estopped Insurer from Relying on Coverage Limitation

How often do you hear defense attorneys say, “I’m not interested in anything related to coverage. That’s not my concern.” From a coverage lawyer’s perspective, this is a dangerous position, both ethically and legally....more

Recurring Issues in Accounting for Litigation Contingencies

Certain questions seem to recur when it comes to outside counsel’s communications with a company’s auditors about potential exposures as a result of litigation or regulatory/enforcement matters and the underlying accounting...more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds that STOLI Challenges are Barred by Two-Year Contestability Clause

On September 22, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued an eagerly-awaited opinion in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Pruco Life Insurance Co. The Court held that Florida's two-year contestability statute applies to bar an...more

How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse

Insurance practice in Texas has become somewhat rote. Typically, a petition is filed against both an insurance company (that is often not based or incorporated in Texas) and a local adjuster. In addition to a breach of...more

New York Court Confirms: Additional Insured Coverage Limited to Contractual Privity

On September 15, 2016, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department found that an additional insured endorsement provided additional insured coverage only to the entity in direct contractual privity with...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Court Compels Non-Signatory Affiliates, But Not Broker, To Arbitrate Premium Payment Dispute

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh brought a petition in a New York federal court, to compel nine related companies to arbitrate a payment dispute relating to certain policies of insurance issued to the...more

Court of Appeals Changes Calculation of Statute of Repose

Colorado law generally prohibits construction defect lawsuits against a construction professional brought “more than six years after the substantial completion of the improvement to the real property.” § 13-80-104, C.R.S....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 16, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Vacation of Subdivision Plats: boards of county commissioners have limited authority under Fla. Stat. sec. 177.101(3) to grant or deny platted property owner’s request for vacation of plat; if...more

Texas Appeals Court Denies Petition For A Writ Of Mandamus That Trial Court Erred In Denying Motion To Vacate Arbitration Panel’s...

A Texas appeals court denied a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Irving Drobny, on behalf of National Accident Insurance Group (“NAIG”) and National Accident Insurance Underwriters (“NAIU”) (collectively, “NAIU”),...more

Texas Courts' Consistent Inconsistency on Improper Joinders

Throughout the onslaught of the Texas hail litigation epidemic, policyholder lawyers and firms representing insurance carriers continue to battle over whether these cases belong in Texas state court or are more properly...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Service Of Suit Clause In Reinsurance Treaties And Grants Cedent Absolute Right To Select Forum

Based on the plain and ordinary meaning of the service of suit clause, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found a reinsurer waived its right of removal. The service of suit clause provided...more

Subcontractor Exception Torpedoes Insurers’ Defense To Faulty Workmanship Claim

As this blog has reported, a line of cases deciding coverage disputes over faulty workmanship runs against (or, at least, around) a basic rule for interpreting insurance policies. Under that rule, the scope of coverage is...more

Galaria v. Nationwide: Data Breach Plaintiffs Standing Strong in the Sixth

This week, in the first post-Spokeo circuit court decision to address standing in a data-breach class action, the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that plaintiffs whose sensitive personal information has...more

Texas Supreme Court to Decide Whether a Policyholder Can Recover Damages When The Carrier Does Not Breach the Policy

According to both the appellant and the appellee, the Texas Supreme Court already decided this issue. Each, of course, finds a different answer. Cause No., 14-0721, USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Gail Menchaca, in the Texas...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending September 2 & 9, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE: Foreclosure/Standing: where copy of note attached to foreclosure complaint contained no endorsement and original note presented at trial had endorsement in favor of plaintiff, plaintiff required to...more

Mississippi Court Rejects Expansive Reading of Oral Construction Contracts

In McKean, et. al. v. Yates Engineering, 2015 Miss. App. LEXIS 446 (2015), the Court of Appeals of Mississippi affirmed the Circuit Court’s dismissal of four (4) plaintiffs’ personal injury claims stemming from the collapse...more

Cyber Insurance: Common Pitfalls of the Insured

As we have noted in a number of recent posts, tech companies need cyber insurance. The risk of not having it is simply not worth it.  But cyber insurance policies can be confusing to understand because the policies vary...more

In Indiana, an Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Exclude Absolutely Nothing

A recent article in the Sports section of The Miami Herald read “Shooting coach helps Winslow.” Perhaps, but it probably didn’t help the coach much. The admonition to “eat every carrot and pea on your plate” undoubtedly...more

New York Court Holds Forum Selection Clause Enforceable

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s v. New Dominion, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121133 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 7, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to...more

Labor Depreciation Class Action Update: Decisions on Class Certification

I have had a busy summer and am overdue in updating readers on recent decisions in class actions against insurers involving the “labor depreciation” issue. The issue involves whether, when insurers estimate the “actual cash...more

Ambiguity And Ensuing Loss: The Second Circuit Affirms The Southern District Of New York’s Holdings In a $675 Million Superstorm...

In National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16074 (2d. Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), Amtrak sought the entire $675 million of available coverage from a number of its insurers for damages...more

Arbitration Clause Contained Only In “Side” Agreements To Insurance Policies, Enforced In Dispute Over “Retrospective Premiums”

A U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently enjoined Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), from proceeding with litigation in California against National Union Fire Insurance Company (NUFIC), related to a...more

“Context Matters” – Tenth Circuit Holds Mudslide Not an Explosion Under Property Policy

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a Colorado district court ruling that the sudden obliteration of a building in a 2013 mudslide did not constitute an “explosion” under a commercial...more

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