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Florida High Court To Decide Whether State Insurer Is Immune From Statutory Bad Faith Claims

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted for review a First District decision holding that Florida’s state insurer of last resort, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, is not immune from a statutory bad faith failure to...more

Are exclusivity clauses and restrictions on user in leases in breach of competition law?

Although the UK competition regime has applied to land agreements since 29 June 2010 [with the enactment of The Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010], until recently there has been only an...more

Not Feeling It: Court Nixes Claim for Feng Shui Fees and Finds No Bad Faith

In Patel v. American Economy Ins. Co., — F. Supp. 2d. —, 2014 WL 1862211 (N.D. Cal. May 8, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the insurer’s motion for partial summary judgment,...more

Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer Ruled Unsustainable by New York Federal Courts Where Based on Same Facts as Breach of Contract...

Two recent New York federal court decisions – 433 Main Street Realty, et al. v. Darwin National Assurance Co., No. 14-cv-587 (NGG) (VMS) (E.D.N.Y. Apr. 22, 2014) and County of Orange v. The Travelers Indemnity Co. No....more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Neither Unprofessionalism of Lower-Level Claims Employees Nor Failure to Interview Insured’s...

Honesdale Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Inc. v. Am. Alternative Ins. Corp., CIV.A. 3:11-1488, 2014 WL 1203317 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 24, 2014) - Middle District of Pennsylvania grants summary judgment on bad faith claim where...more

Update on 2013 Amendments to the Oregon Environmental Cleanup Assistance Act

In June 2013, the Governor of Oregon signed into law Senate Bill 814, which created sweeping reforms on environmental claims handling regulations and available remedies for insureds facing liability for cleanup of...more

Interference with Economic Relations by Unlawful Means - The SCC Clarifies Unsettled Tort and Gives a Warning to Fiduciaries

In the recent case of AI Enterprises Ltd v Bram Enterprises Ltd, 2014 SCC 12, the Supreme Court of Canada clarifies the unsettled scope of the tort of unlawful interference with economic relations and warns fiduciaries of the...more

Lucantonio v Stichter – “No Causation” finding confirmed

The Court of Appeal decision in Lucantonio v Stichter provides a refresher on how a Court should determine if a person’s breach of duty caused harm under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (“Act”)....more

"Loss Payee" v. "Lender Loss Payee": How the Difference of One Word Can Prevent a Secured Lender's Recovery on Insurance Proceeds

As a secured lender, you take a security interest in your borrower’s inventory and/or equipment and then perfect under applicable law. To further protect the value of the collateral supporting your loan, you confirm your...more

The Disclosure Duties Owed by Banks as Agents to Lenders

The Chancery Division recently handed down its judgment on a hedge fund law suit brought against an agent bank for failing to disclose certain information regarding the borrower’s declining financial health and the occurrence...more

Robert T. Koger of Molinaro Koger is arrested and put behind bars. A shocking course of continuing fraudulent conduct is unveiled

Hotel Lawyer with the latest on the arrest and jailing of Rob Koger, formerly of Molinaro Koger. There are some significant new developments in the saga of Robert T. ("Rob") Koger and the high profile civil and criminal cases...more

Legal Solutions, September 2013

Legal Solutions: the quarterly client newsletter from Sullivans Law: September 2013...more

Disclosing Lawsuits To Buyers Of Residential Property

Sellers of existing residential property are required by California law to make various disclosures to a prospective buyer. [See generally Disclosures In Real Property Transactions, published by the California Department of...more

Legal Solutions, June 2013

Legal Solutions: your quarterly client newsletter from Sullivans Law: June 2013 ...more

CEQA Litigation: The Cost Of Doing Business In California

There has been a lot of news lately on the costs of CEQA litigation, as well as the potential for the statute to be used as a tool to stop development, good or bad, or exact concessions or pay-offs. What is CEQA? CEQA, or...more

Can an Intervening Insurance Company Sue for Breach of Contract?

If a party in litigation has a default judgment entered against it, can its insurance company still file a motion to intervene and use the same defenses that would have been available to the insured if not procedurally barred...more

How Graphics Helped a Trial Team Show Complex Data and Win

I love hearing the news that one of our clients had a great result using the work we did for them. The most recent big win I’m happy to report is Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, won a major lender liability/wrongful...more

Superstorm Sandy Is Causing New York and New Jersey Legislators to Reconsider Passing Legislation that Would Establish a Private...

Policyholders in New York and New Jersey presently have no private right of action against insurance companies for alleged violations of each state’s respective statutory claim handling guidelines – New York’s Unfair Claim...more

Prompt Payment of An Appraisal Award Bars Bad Faith Per Austin U.S. District Court, Although Some Acts By An Insurer May Leave The...

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in Austin recently held that an insurer’s timely payment of an appraisal award bars the insured’s extra-contractual tort claims. Michels v. Safeco Ins. Co. of...more

Arbitrate, don't surrender!

One-sided arbitration clauses don't survive judicial scrutiny in Maryland's state and federal courts. Maryland contract law will not enforce an arbitration clause lacking mutuality of consideration....more

The Unintentional Business Partnership & Liability For New Post-Dissolution Obligations

This week we examine the unintentional creation of business partnerships, liability for obligations incurred after dissolution of a partnership, and take a look at partnership by estoppel. This is done through the context of...more

North Carolina Securities Act Claims Take Shape In The Business Court

There is little case law under the North Carolina Securities Act. But last week, in NNN Durham Office Portfolio 1, LLC v. Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership, 2013 NCBC 12, Judge Gale took several steps into that uncharted...more

Maryland establishes tort duty of care for title companies

On January 29, 2013, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a decision that your title company can now be sued for negligent title searching, and for preparation of an incorrect or incomplete title commitment. This duty of...more

MARYLAND TITLE COMPANY CAN BE LIABLE IN NEGLIGENCE FOR TITLE SEARCH ERRORS

Does a title company owe a tort duty of care to its customer when conducting a title search? And, if such a duty exists and is breached, is a title insurance company vicariously liable for the title company’s negligent title...more

Proving lost profits in a busted market for your Maryland case.

Proving lost profits can depend on whether loss is measured "at the time of the breach," or based on future events and conditions anticipated by the parties to a contract. In Tower v. Tower, decided in November, 2012,...more

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