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Insurance and Reinsurance Update: Re-reading the Riot Act (again): Police liable for consequential losses under the Riot (Damages)...

As if a lecture at the Police Federation Conference from the Home Secretary wasn't enough, the police have also this week received the Court of Appeal's reading of the riot act. In a decision that opens the door for insurers...more

Shutting Down a Capital City: How High Will Business Interruption Claims Go?

On Thursday, January 9, 2014, a major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk Rivet cut off water to more than 300,000 people in the Kanawha Valley and surrounding nine counties. The chemical leak was from a facility owned by...more

Unanimous Wisconsin High Court Sustains Broad Asbestos Exclusion That Comprehensively and Unambiguously Bars Coverage for Any...

In Phillips v. Parmelee, 2013 WI 105 (December 27, 2013), the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected the argument that a broad asbestos exclusion in a business insurance policy was ambiguous. A unanimous court ruled that a real...more

Scope Of Appraisal Continues To Be Problematic In Texas

Despite the statement by the Texas Supreme Court in State Farm Lloyds v. Johnson that the scant precedent involving disputes about the scope of appraisal suggests that appraisals generally resolve such disputes,” both...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Summary of Nevada Law on the Economic Loss Doctrine in the Context of Commercial Construction...

The Nevada Supreme Court has addressed the economic loss doctrine in the context of commercial construction disputes in a number of cases over the past several years. Nevada’s general rule, as detailed below, is that the...more

Under Construction - September 2013: California’s Economic Loss Doctrine – Limits on Tort Recovery

In California, the economic loss rule addresses the distinction between suits in contract and tort. A contract claim can typically be pursued to recover all damages proximately caused by breach of contract, unless expressly...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Tenant's Fraud Suit Against Shopping Center Landlord Based on Estimates for Real Property Taxes,...

Last week, the California Court of Appeal for the Second District reversed a trial court’s decision which dismissed a tenant’s lawsuit against a shopping center landlord based on the disparity between estimates of certain...more

Australia: It's never too late - getting sued more than 20 years later

The recent judgment of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Dymocks v Capral [2013] NSWSC 343 held an architect and supplier liable for events that happened in 1989. This case is an important reminder that contracts...more

Florida Court Holds Assault and Battery Exclusion Applicable to Negligence Claims

In its recent decision in Tower Ins. Co. of New York v. Blocker, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98296 (M.D. Fla. July 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider the scope...more

Know Your Rights - 10 Actions To Ensure Your Wildfire Insurance Claim is Timely and Fairly Adjusted

The recent wildfires raging through Colorado have once again proven tragic for our state. The 2013 wildfire season has already led to loss of life, property and, in many cases, revenue. For many, insurance will provide the...more

Unprecedented Flooding in Alberta, Canada: Insurance Coverage for Property Damage, Loss of Business Income and Extra Expenses

Three days of unusually heavy rainfall has caused extensive flooding in Alberta, Canada. Calgary, the epicenter of Canada’s energy industry, was particularly hard hit, with flooding of the city itself and widespread loss of...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Jun 12, 2013

A Return to the Basics - Reading, understanding and interpreting an insurance policy can get pretty complicated. Coverage, exclusions, definitions, notice requirements, time limits – every provision of a policy can be...more

Say it Ain’t So Joe! – Developer Learns There is More Than One Meaning for SOL

I was in trial last month. I couldn’t have asked for a better judge. Smart, fair . . . and witty. During the pretrial conference, opposing counsel and I were arguing over whether there was a difference between...more

Massachusetts Mandates Prompt Investigation, Encourages Insurers to Offer Deadline Extensions to Bombing Victims

On Monday of this week, the Massachusetts’s Division of Insurance issued a bulletin mandating prompt investigation of business interruption, property damage and medical insurance claims by policyholders victimized by the...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Relieves Insurer of Duty to Defend Personal Injury Suit against Additional Insured

In an issue of first impression, and a rare opinion about insurance coverage, the Connecticut Supreme Court addressed whether an insurer has a duty to defend an additional insured when the complaint in the underlying personal...more

Supreme Court of Florida Holds That Economic Loss Doctrine Applies Only to Product Liability Cases

In a recent decision likely to significantly expand the use of tort law in areas previously restricted to contract law, the Supreme Court of Florida limited application of the economic loss doctrine to product liability...more

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Implements New Guidance on Vapor Intrusion

On January 16, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published its new guidance on vapor intrusion, including significant changes to the groundwater vapor intrusion screening levels....more

Go Beyond Google Maps: Powerful Ways to Illustrate Location in Your Case

One of the most common items attorneys will put into a brief or a case presentation is an overhead map of the relevant area. Since the dawn of Google, attorneys have grown accustomed to copying and pasting the image of a...more

Rogers Towers: Companies: What duty do you have to protect your customers from criminal attacks while on your property?

You own an business. During the holiday season a customer comes in your store and is physically assaulted and robbed by a third party. Are you, as the landowner, responsible? The answer: It depends on whether the criminal...more

Theft of Your Property While Contractors Have Access to Your Facility: Does Your Insurance Cover It?

Business owners routinely grant access to company facilities and property to third-parties for many reasons, from cleaning and organizing a warehouse to inspecting and repairing machinery. In the course of these business...more

Overriding Interest - Summer 2012

In this issue: Abolition of Distress... 1 Events and Announcements... 2 New Lawyers... 3 Cases... 6 Transaction Focus... 7 Excerpt from Abolition of Distress: The Ministry of Justice recently ended...more

California Court Addresses Payment of Self-Insured Retention

In its recent decision in National Fire Ins. Co. of Hartford v. Federal Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 641 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 4, 2012), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had occasion to...more

Coverage for the Thailand Floods: Learning Lessons From Earlier Catastrophes

As the flooding news from Thailand drags on, businesses must look to the lessons that past disasters can teach us - the Sendai earthquake and tsunami last March (the "Sendai Event"), Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and even...more

A Year of Unprecedented Tornadoes and Floods — And How Insurance Helps Companies Rebuild

Originally published in Risk Management Monitor, June 17, 2011. As floodwaters have threatened Missouri communities along the Mississippi River, and as the town of Joplin, Mississippi, reels from the recent devastating...more

How Insurance Can Help Businesses Rebuild

Originally published in Law 360 - June 13, 2011. As flood waters have threatened Missouri communities along the Mississippi river, and as the town of Joplin reels from the recent devastating tornado, the residents of...more

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