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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

Eighth Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Carbon Monoxide

In its recent decision in Church Mut. Ins. Co. v. Clay Ctr. Christian Church, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5450 (Mar. 25, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Nebraska law, had occasion to...more

11th Circuit Affirms Disclaimer Under Pollution Buy-Back Endorsement

In its recent decision in Composite Structures, Inc. v. The Continental Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5258 (11th Cir. Mar. 20, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Florida law, had...more

Despite Often Presumed Limitations, Policyholders May Have General Liability Coverage for Supply Chain-Related Breaches of...

The Eighth Circuit recently confirmed that the all-too-common conceptions that breaches of contract and damages that result in recall are never covered by general liability insurance are, in fact, misconceptions. In...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014

In This Issue: - Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims - Business Interruption Coverage for Food Recall Claims - Excerpt from Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims - When food...more

Insuring Your Business - March 2014: Is That Covered? Timely Reporting of Food Claims

When food producers and distributors are faced with a product recall, one of the most common questions is: How soon, if at all, do you report the claim to your insurance company? The answer is simple—you should be reporting...more

It’s a Matter of Trust: The Garlock Decision as an Impetus for Increased Transparency Legislation in the Asbestos Trust Arena

On January 10, 2014, a bankruptcy court judge considered the estimated asbestos liability for Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC (Garlock), ultimately determining that liability to be $125 million, a fraction of its previously...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Declares No Vacancy for Insured in Asbestos Coverage Dispute

In Phillips, et al. v. Parmelee, et al., – N.W.2d –, 2013 WL 6818145 (Wis. Dec. 27, 2013), the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed trial and appellate court decisions in favor of an insurer arguing that an asbestos exclusion...more

Eye on Insurance - A Look Back at 2013 and Forward to 2014

In This Update: Introduction; Financial Institutions; Directors & Officers; Cyber; Professional Indemnity; Liability; Products; Property; Latin America; Reinsurance; and Litigation, Costs & Procedure. Excerpt...more

How Insurance Works with Labeling and Duty-to-Warn Lawsuits

Food processors can use existing and new insurance policies in cases involving alleged violations of Prop 65 - Labeling and duty-to-warn cases continue to emerge as a key area of risk for food and beverage companies....more

Court Gets in Line with Majority of Jurisdictions on Faulty Products Coverage

A recent decision from an appellate court in Pennsylvania is good news for policyholders who manufacture products, as yet another jurisdiction joins the majority view that product manufacturers may be covered for damage that...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Insuring Your Business - December 2013

In This Issue: Is That Covered? Food Recall Claims and Insurance Coverage for Food Claims: Communicating with Your Insurance Company Excerpt from Is That Covered? Food Recall Claims - Insurance Premiums...more

Insuring Your Business - December 2013: Insurance Coverage for Food Claims: Communicating with Your Insurance Company

One of the most frustrating aspects of dealing with a food insurance claim can be communicating with your insurance company adjuster. Knowing your insurance company’s obligations to you can help reduce the frustration....more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Confirms Insurance Coverage for Product Liabilities and Distinguishes “Faulty Workmanship”

Whether a construction defect constitutes a covered “occurrence” under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy has been the subject of a national debate among state courts in recent years. Armed with a small minority of...more

2013 Review Of 3rd-Party Pollution Exclusion Decisions

Decades after its inception, the liability insurance policy’s pollution exclusion remains a much-litigated area of insurance law. In the third-party liability context, the provision precludes coverage for injury or damage...more

Delaware Supreme Court Defines Unexhausted Insurance Policies as Property of Dissolved Corporations

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware recently reversed a Court of Chancery decision declining to appoint a receiver for a dissolved Delaware corporation, Krafft-Murphy Company, Inc. (Krafft). The Chancery Court...more

Indalex: The Pennsylvania Superior Court Rejects Insurers' Attempts To Deny Coverage for Negligence Actions Involving 'Faulty...

On December 3, 2013, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued its opinion in Indalex Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh PA, holding that insurance coverage is available to product manufacturers for...more

Insurer Does Not Have a Duty to Defend Insured when Allegations in the Complaint are Intentional, Criminal Conduct Under E&O...

Utica Mutual Ins. Co. v. Amity Ins. Agency, Inc., 84 Mass. App. Ct. 1111; 993 N.E.2d 752 (published in table format in the North Eastern Reporter, not binding precedent) (entered, September 17, 2013). A recent decision...more

Don’t Let Liability Exposure Be The Grinch That Ruins Your Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s a particularly good time to check your internal procedures. As you are certainly aware, a disappointed customer, or worse, an injured user, can assert claims against...more

Mississippi Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Chinese Drywall Claim

In its recent decision in Prestige Properties, Inc. v. National Builders and Contractors Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146738 (S.D. Miss. Oct. 10, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of...more

Is the Absolute Pollution Exclusion Absolute? It Depends on Which State Answers the Question

The battle over the scope of the absolute pollution exclusion in general liability policies continues to be fought in the context of defective drywall manufactured in China. An earlier blog entry discussed a Virginia court...more

Florida Appeals Court Holds “Your Product” Exclusion Bars Does Not Apply to Altered Products Not Transformed Into “New Products”

On September 4, 2013, a Florida appellate court reversed, in part, a final summary judgment ruling that Liberty Mutual has to pay its insured, MI Windows and Doors, Inc. for the $3.4 million that MI paid to settle several...more

SDNY Predicts California Would Adopt Bad Faith Exception to Notice-Prejudice Rule

Introduction - The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently granted, in part, a reinsurer’s motion for summary judgment on a late notice defense, but ruled the issue of whether a reinsurer was...more

West Virginia Court Resolves Issues Of First Impression On Insurance Coverage For Delayed Manifestation Claims

I. Introduction - The last few decades of tort litigation in America have been marked primarily by a surge in filings of asbestos, silica and other delayed manifestation bodily injury and property damage claims. These...more

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