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Subrogation Following a Hurricane is All Hands on Deck

Hurricane season began June 1st, and runs through November 30th. However, we are about 30 days from approaching the peak of hurricane season, when the season becomes its most active. Weather predictors are predicting an...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance Issues B. Stairs v. CFM Corp., 2017 NBCA 8 [4226]

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES B. In Alberta an insured’s settlement with a third party which releases the third party does not preclude the insured’s insurer from pursuing a subrogated claim against the third party. Elsewhere in...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending July 7, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE- Takings/Declaratory Relief: plaintiff’s request for a declaration that its further pursuit of a zoning application was futile was not a proper claim for declaratory relief – GolfRock, LLC v. Lee...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 16 & 23, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - US Supreme Court - Regulatory Taking: owner of parcel A, that took title to adjacent parcel B after regulation restricting use of parcels had been passed, lost grandfather rights for both parcels by...more

New HOA Estoppel Requirements Signed into Law

Title insurance companies and closing agents handling transactions involving homeowners’ and condominium associations have long been frustrated by the timing and cost associated with obtaining estoppel letters from these...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs When Determining Actual Cash Value: Henn v. American Family

by Cozen O'Connor on

In February, the Nebraska Supreme Court held that it is acceptable for insurance companies to depreciate labor costs when determining the actual cash value (ACV) of damaged property, even when the insurance policy does not...more

The New 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications: Expressing the Limitations on Liability

by Carlton Fields on

A significant change to one of the standard title insurance forms recently took effect. The new 2016 ALTA Commitment with Florida Modifications both streamlines the existing features of the title insurance commitment and, for...more

New ALTA Closing Protection Letter With Florida Modifications Corrects Unfortunate Case Law

by Carlton Fields on

The new American Land Title Association (ALTA) Closing Protection Letter (CPL) form recently took effect in Florida. The new form both streamlines the previous CPL’s language and addresses and corrects many of the problems...more

Resolving Disputes Regarding Value of the Loss through the Appraisal Process

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

With an increase in storm damage events throughout the Midwest, insurers are becoming increasingly frugal when adjusting storm damage losses. In the past, disputes regarding the value of the loss typically involved...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending June 2, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - Lease: where lessee transfers leasehold interest to third party, but retains easement in leased property, lessee transfers less than “entire interest” in property, and such sublease not tantamount to...more

Courts Misunderstand the Meaning of “That Particular Part”

This is part one of a two-part series looking at how court decisions in recent years have thwarted general contractors’ reasonable expectation of coverage under their general liability policies....more

CAR Insurance: Insuring the Works vs Insuring the Owner's Property

by White & Case LLP on

For the purposes of insuring construction and engineering projects, there is a critical and sometimes overlooked distinction between insuring the works carried out under the contract, and insuring the underlying property of...more

Absolute Pollution Exclusion—Not So Absolute

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Slapping insurers with breach of contract and bad faith, Washington state’s highest court recently found that a general liability policy’s so-called “absolute” pollution exclusion may not be so absolute. In Xia et al. v....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending May 19 & 26, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Real Property Update - Foreclosure/Standing/Lost Note: if plaintiff did not have right to enforce note when lost, plaintiff should present evidence of assignment from payee to plaintiff or affidavit of ownership - ...more

Debt Dialogue: May 2017 - Ambac v. Countrywide: New York’s First Department Raises the Bar for RMBS Fraud Claims by Monoline...

As litigation stemming from the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis continues, the legal framework governing the liability of participants in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) securitizations continues to develop....more

Multiple Instances of Defectively Designed, Manufactured, or Installed Windows Does Multiple Occurrences Make

by Carlton Fields on

After previously holding that various claims against the insured, Pella, alleged property damage caused by an “occurrence,” thus triggering Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s (“Liberty”) coverage obligations under various CGL...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 28 & May 5, 2017

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REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: final summary judgment in borrower’s favor inappropriate where borrower merely asserted that lender mistakenly filed copy of original note with court, instead of original, and where...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Decision Under Florida Law Barring Contractor’s Performance Bond Claim for Failure to Comply With Notice...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Int’l Fidelity Ins. Co. v. Americaribe-Moriarty JV, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3628 (11th Cir. Feb. 28, 2017) - Americaribe-Moriarty Joint Venture (“Americaribe”) entered into a subcontract with Certified Pool Mechanics I,...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

Insurance Coverage for Property Damage Caused by Defective Workmanship

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One of the principal points of contention between insurers and insureds is whether defective construction work is, or can be, an occurrence, thereby triggering coverage. Originally published in ConsensusDocs (Vol. 3,...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies When Insured May Recover Policy Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

In an effort to clarify over 20 years of conflicting precedent, the Texas Supreme Court announced five rules that, according to the court, explain the relationship between claims for breach of insurance policy and...more

District of New Jersey Dismisses Third Party Claims Sounding in Policy Handling on Preemption Grounds

A federal court in New Jersey recently dismissed state law claims brought by third party plaintiffs, including the insured’s broker, against a Write Your Own insurance carrier. The claims at issue in Residences at Bay Point...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 14 & 21, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Attorneys’ Fees: mortgage foreclosure plaintiffs seeking attorney’s fees must support their claim with competent, substantial evidence of the number of hours worked and evidence that...more

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