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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

Another California Court Does Backflips To Thwart Arbitration And Elevate The Class-Action Device

The hostility of some California courts to arbitration—and their resistance to preemption under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA)—has produced nearly three decades of U.S. Supreme Court reversals. The most recent is AT&T...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 Delay, Failure to Plead, and Participation in Litigation, Federal Court Enforces Arbitration Clause

Mandatory arbitration clauses have proven to be very powerful weapons employed by businesses to avoid the duration, expense, and often times negative publicity associated with protracted litigation in both federal and state...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

No Supreme Court Review of Moldy Washer Cases

Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in two highly anticipated appeals of decisions by the Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals to grant class certification over breach of warranty claims involving allegedly...more

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses ... But Not Your Plaintiffs: Supreme Court Decision Limits General Personal...

It is no secret that U.S. courts are among the most favorable to plaintiffs, especially with regard to damages awards. For this reason, there has been a growing trend of foreign plaintiffs bringing law-suits in the U.S. even...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

The State and Impact of Florida’s Economic Loss Rule

In March of this year, the Florida Supreme Court departed from established precedent and limited the application of the economic loss rule to product liability cases. The court explained that this was necessary given the...more

Class Action Quarterly - Winter 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Is the Ascertainability “Requirement” Plaintiffs’ New Foe? - Whirlpool and Butler: Liability-Only Classes in a Post-Comcast World - Recent Cases of Note - Excerpt from Is the Ascertainability...more

Class Action Regarding Whirlpool Washing Machines Dismissed but Possibility for Future Claims for Economic Loss for “Shoddy”...

In Arora v. Whirlpool Canada LP, 2013 ONCA 657, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld Justice Perell’s decision to deny certification for a proposed class action alleging pure economic loss. (Justice Perell’s decision is...more

Environmental Liability of Dissolved Corporations in Delaware is Forever

Ever since the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United, an effort has been made to humanize corporations, culminating in Mitt Romney’s infamous pronouncement that “Corporations are people my friend.” Now it turns out...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

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

Product Liability Update -- October 1, 2013

In This Issue: ..Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Finally) Enforces Agreement for Individualized Arbitration of Unfair and Deceptive Practices Claims Following United States Supreme Court Decision Reversing...more

Misbranding Case Against Gerber Over “Stages” Baby Food Products Trimmed but Not Kicked Entirely

A recent case in the Northern District of California against Gerber over alleged misbranding of its “stages” baby food products demonstrates the difficulty companies face in knocking out food misbranding cases at the motion...more

Court of Appeals Reaffirms Class Certification after Supreme Court Remand

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reaffirmed its prior decision in favor of class certification in a breach of warranty case involving washing machines....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

A victory for generics suppliers

In late June the Supreme Court issued its ruling in the much-anticipated Mutual Pharms. Co. v. Bartlett, No. 12-142 (on appeal from the First Circuit Bartlett v. Mutual Pharms. Co., 678 F.3d 30 (1st Cir. 2012)). As we...more

California Appellate Court Emphasizes Significance of Warnings for Manufacturers Seeking to Avoid Liability in Product Misuse...

On July 9, 2013, the Second Appellate District of California handed down an opinion curtailing the pursuits of plaintiffs attempting to inflate their claims by dragging in manufacturers of products used in conjunction with,...more

6th Circuit Reaffirms Class Certification in Whirlpool II

his installment of the Hoosier Litigation Blog revisits the Supreme Court decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend in light of the 6th Circuits recertification of the class in Whirlpool II....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

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Insurers Argue That Below-Limits Settlements With Underlying Insurers Negate Excess Coverage

If an insured faces liability that demonstrably exceeds the limits of underlying insurance, can an excess insurer avoid its coverage obligations because underlying insurers have not actually paid their limits of liability? ...more

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