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Policyholders with Long-Tail Claims Under Liberty Mutual Policies Should Be Prepared for 'Sea Change' in Claims Handling After...

On July 17, 2014, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company announced that it had entered into a multi-billion-dollar “retroactive reinsurance” arrangement with National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway,...more

Forum-Shopping Insurance Companies' Latest Tricks

Decades ago, insurance companies tried to persuade trial courts in California to apply the law of some other state to multi-party environmental and asbestos insurance coverage disputes because the insurance companies believed...more

No Coverage Under Aviation Policies Where Product Was Not Used in Connection With Aircraft or Aviation Operations

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division - A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order granting summary judgment, stating that the insurer owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured in a personal injury...more

A Five-Step Recipe for Managing Your “Natural” Litigation Risk

The past five years have brought a deluge of class actions challenging the way in which the word “natural” is used on food and beverage labels. Perhaps predictably so, this litigation phenomenon resulted from the convergence...more

Speak Up or Pay Up: Lessons from GM

The now infamous General Motors mea culpa, which followed the automotive giant’s recall of almost six million cars, has brought the importance of a “speak up culture” front and center. As part of the company’s long road to...more

Supreme Court: FDCA Compliance Does Not Bar Lanham Act Claims

POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co. - In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of the United States reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and its...more

Eleventh Circuit: Excess Insurer, Like All Florida Bad Faith Claimants, Must Prove Causation to Succeed on Bad Faith Claim Against...

Westchester Fire Insurance Co. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., No. 13-12932, 2014 WL 2766764 (11th Cir. Jun. 19, 2014) - The Eleventh Circuit finds that a primary insurer did not act in bad faith by failing to inform...more

SawStop Stopped: Judge Dismisses Antitrust Lawsuit Against Table Saw Industry

On June 27, 2014, Judge Claude M. Hilton of the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the complaint filed against the power tool industry by SawStop, LLC. We previously wrote about this lawsuit and the need for companies and...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Green Chemistry Regulatory Push Among States Continues

What began in 2008 with a few states enacting laws to address the perceived threats to children from chemicals in toys and kids’ products has become a full-fledged “green chemistry” movement in dozens of states. These laws...more

Does the Economic-Loss Rule Bar Claims Under Section 75-1.1?

The economic-loss rule says that a contract dispute generally does not state a tort claim. The concern is that if a plaintiff could recover tort damages, that outcome would disregard the expectations reflected in the parties’...more

Launch of openFDA Increases Accessibility to Adverse Drug Event Reports

On June 2, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration launched openFDA, a program designed to improve access to publicly available data beginning with adverse event reports. While greater accessibility to adverse event reports...more

Buzzsaw or SawStop: Are You Prepared to Avoid Antitrust Liability in the Product Safety Arena?

In most respects, trade associations are pro-competitive organizations: they join together competitors to advance worthwhile goals and to learn from one another. Their societal value is why they are recognized as non-profits....more

China Amends Key Medical Device Regulations

The State Council of China passed amendments to the Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices which came into effect on June 1, 2014. The amendments present significant regulatory changes that will...more

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

Ahoy! – “Wear and Tear” and “Manufacturing Defect” Exclusions in Yacht Insurance Policies Upheld in Recent Decisions From the...

Both the First and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals have recently rejected arguments seeking to limit the application of “wear and tear” and “manufacturing defect” exclusions in yacht insurance policies. In Miele v. Certain...more

Third Circuit Concludes Personal Injury Causes of Action Against a Successor to Debtor’s Business are Generalized Claims

In a novel decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held, in its ruling In re Emoral, Inc., 740 F.3d 875 (3d Cir. 2014), that personal injury claims of individuals allegedly harmed by a bankrupt...more

Arbitration: coming to store near you?

The food industry may be catching on to the growing trend of binding arbitration agreements. General Mills recently added a binding arbitration provision to the legal terms on its website, then withdrew the changes a few days...more

New York State Takes Another Step Toward GMO Food Labeling Requirement

New York State has come one step closer to joining other states seeking to require manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A-3525, a bill sponsored by New York Assemblywoman Linda...more

Illinois Court Holds that Potential for Excess Judgment Requires Independent Counsel

In its recent decision in Perma-Pipe v. Liberty Surplus Ins. Corp, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54867 (N.D. Ill. April 21, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had occasion to consider...more

Beware of Defendants Who Attempt to Push the Boundaries of the Economic Loss Rule (Texas)

In most jurisdictions today, to recover under a strict products liability theory, the Plaintiff must prove that a defect in the subject product was a producing cause of the Plaintiff’s damages. More importantly, in order to...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #39

We are pleased to present the 39th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight developments related to securities fraud, class actions, and other news that will have...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Finds Coverage Under CGL Policy For Product Defect Claims

Policyholders seeking defense costs for products liability claims received welcome support from a Pennsylvania appellate court which rejected an excessively restrictive view of the scope of coverage offered under commercial...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Horizontal Exhaustion Not Required for Excess Policies in New York - Why it matters: A Delaware superior court recently predicted that New York’s highest court would not require policyholders to horizontally...more

Lack Of Proper Notice To Reinsurer Bars Claim For Payment Under Facultative Reinsurance Contracts

A federal district court granted summary judgment in favor of a reinsurer who had been sued by a ceding company for failure to pay under two facultative reinsurance certificates that reinsured two excess liability policies...more

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