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Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Policyholder Right to Sue Recalcitrant Excess Insurer

A new opinion published on March 21, 2017 from the Ninth Circuit (Teleflex Medical Inc. v National Union, Case no 14-56366 ) affirmed a $6+ M judgment against AIG subsidiary National Union, who was excess a primary policy...more

New Indiana Insurance Department Bulletin Changes TPA Licensing and TPA Renewals

A recent Indiana Department of Insurance Bulletin announces a change regarding how the Department will issue initial third party administrator licenses and renew existing licenses for nonresident third party administrators in...more

New York Regulations Heighten Need for Due Diligence and Cyber Insurance Coverage

Cybersecurity rules from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) went into effect on March 1 and now banks and insurers are faced with an increasing level of potential legal exposure for data breaches. This...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court adopts narrow interpretations of surface water exclusion and ensuing loss clause

In the Ridgewood Group LLC v Millers Capital Insurance Company, No. 1138 EDA 2016, February 27, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania analyzed two often troublesome policy provisions, the surface water exclusion and the...more

A time of change: Global Insurance Summit - February 2017

We welcomed over 100 clients to our Global Insurance Summit last month. They gathered, in the heart of the City of London, to hear from industry leaders, academics and new market players. The discussions centred around the...more

Texas Appellate Court Reverses Award of Extracontractual Damages Holding Evidence was Legally Insufficient to Support Jury’s Bad...

State Farm Lloyds v. Webb, No. 09-15-00408-CV, 2017 WL 927848 (Tex. Ct. App. Mar. 9, 2017) - After State Farm denied his claim for damages he contended were caused by a plumbing leak, Dennis Webb sued State Farm for,...more

8th Circuit Denies UIM Coverage Again Based Upon Mo. Supreme Court Decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company

For a third time in four years, the 8th Circuit has denied UIM coverage to an insured based upon the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company of America, 808 S.W.2d 379 (Mo. banc...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurance Carrier Responsible In Georgia For Harm Caused by Intoxicated Employee

In a recent Eleventh Circuit opinion, the Court found that the insurance carrier was responsible, under Georgia law, for the harm caused by an intoxicated employee’s vehicle usage. Great American Alliance Ins. Co. v....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 10 & 17, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Coequal Liens: trial court properly authorized tax collector to issue tax certificates subject to community development district’s assessment liens – Villages of Avignon Community Dev. Dist. v....more

Indiana Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs May Present New Theories of Liability at Trial That Were Not Argued to the Medical Review...

In two decisions issued by the Indiana Court of Appeals on February 22, 2017, the Court held that a medical malpractice plaintiff may raise a new theory of liability in state court that was not previously argued to a medical...more

China Tightens Regulations on Investing Insurance Funds in Shares of Listed Companies

The entire Chinese economy, including its insurance industry, has experienced rapid growth in recent years. Speculative investments have become an inevitable byproduct of this growth. One of the most well-known examples of a...more

The Option to Repair: Making it Work

Florida homeowner insurers are seeing a significant increase in claims and litigation and are seeking ways to avoid costly litigation and expedite the claims process for their insureds. One option for the insurer is to...more

Am I Covered Now!

The cybersecurity breaches rippling through the global economy create enormous costs for the affected businesses and organizations. As a result, many companies are focusing increased attention on obtaining insurance coverage...more

Insureds Cannot Shift Burden To Identify Claimed Damage

The first-party insurance claims process has always been pretty simple for the typical insured: call the agent to report a claim, identify and quantify the claimed damage, work cooperatively with the insurance adjuster to...more

Mayer Brown Submits Amicus Brief For Chamber Of Commerce, American Tort Reform Association, And American Insurance Association In...

Seemingly minor legal issues sometimes can have a surprisingly significant effect. That is particularly true with the ratio guidepost because the effect of any dispute about the guidepost’s application is literally...more

Utah Federal Court Holds That Incontestability Statute Bars Insurer From Avoiding Death Claim on STOLI Policy

On March 13, 2017, Judge David Nuffer of the United States District Court for the District of Utah granted defendant Wilmington Trust Company's motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to invalidate an alleged "STOLI"...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - February 2017

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for February 2017. Commercial Law...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Schrödinger’s Coverage: When a Risk is Covered and Not Covered by Insurance

When is a person an “employee” under one insurance policy but not an employee under another? Conflicting or inconsistent definitions across multiple policy lines issued to the same company can give rise to significant gaps...more

Privilege Waiver: Is Your File-Sharing Site a Public Park Bench?

While courts and the Federal Rules of Evidence take an increasingly pragmatic approach to the question of when inadvertent disclosure of privileged information results in waiver, a recent federal magistrate’s ruling serves as...more

Oregon Federal Court Decides Carbon Monoxide Incident Is Excluded by Pollution Exclusion

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon has determined that carbon monoxide from a natural gas swimming pool heater is a pollutant within the meaning of a commercial general liability insurance policy....more

Mexico: CONDUSEF issues rules for registration of adhesion contracts

The National Commission for the Protection and Defence of Users of Financial Services (CONDUSEF) recently issued the General Provisions for the Registration of Insurance Adhesion Contracts, which regulate the organisation and...more

Update On Liquidation Of The Home Insurance Company

The New Hampshire liquidation court approved the commutation, settlement, and release agreement between The Home Insurance Company (liquidating) and Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Company (PMAIC). The...more

2017 Florida State Legislature to Consider Bills Aimed at Assignments of Benefits, Water Losses, Appraisers, and Umpires

The 2017 Florida Legislative Session convened on March 7. Of particular interest to property insurers are the following bills, which we are closely watching: SB 944, proposing licensing requirements upon appraisers and...more

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