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Superstorm Sandy and Con Edison’s Power Shutdown: Lessons from Johnson Gallagher

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, property insurers have repeatedly denied coverage for business owners in lower Manhattan – arguing that ConEd intentionally cut off power to its networks and that flooding damaged ConEd’s...more

New Jersey Legislature Passes Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights

We previously reported on the New Jersey legislature’s attempt to pass reform bills as a response to Superstorm Sandy. Although New Jersey Assembly Bill A3710 died when referred to the Financial Institutions and Insurance...more

Summary Judgment In Favor Of Broker In Malpractice Case Reversed, Where Special Relationship With Insured May Have Existed

In a case involving alleged broker malpractice with respect to certain underinsured business interruption losses under a commercial property insurance policy, the New York high court reversed a lower appellate court’s...more

Tenth Circuit Holds That Two-And-One-Half Years And Two-And-One-Half Million Dollars Do Not Constitute Prejudice

In BSC Holding, Inc. et al. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — Fed.Appx. –, 2014 WL 929194 (10th Cir., March 11, 2014), the Tenth Circuit recently underscored how difficult it can be for an insurer to demonstrate prejudice as a result...more

Interrupted by Sandy

In Johnson Gallagher Magliery, LLC v. The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, 2014 WL 1041831 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granting a motion for partial...more

Shamrock Shake: St. Patrick’s Day Earthquake in Los Angeles Is a Reminder to Check Your Property Insurance Policy

Los Angeles residents didn’t need to go to McDonald’s for their “Shamrock Shake” on St. Patrick’s Day 2014. At 6:25 a.m., a 4.4-magnitude earthquake shook L.A. County out of bed. Monday’s shake serves as a reminder to be...more

Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds Property Policy Time Limitation for Replacement Costs Suits Amounts to “Claim Nullification”

Facts and Underlying Litigation - Will New York courts enforce a time-limitation period for suits for replacement costs against an insurer under a property policy, even if the insured could not have completed the...more

Some Considerations when Preparing to Try a Property Damage Subrogation Case in the Age of CSI

Recent criminal trials turned national media events, such as the Trayvon Martin and Casey Anthony trials, have highlighted modern jurors’ expectations for forensic evidence. Commentators have termed jurors’ expectations for...more

Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement

In Woodward, L.L.C. v. Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company, WL 535726 (5th Cir. 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no duty to defend the contractor named as an additional insured under a...more

The Missing Link In Business Interruption Coverage Claims

Suppose you are counsel for a policyholder impacted by a damaging storm, hurricane or other catastrophic event. Your client reports that it sustained property damage and a significant business interruption loss. You are asked...more

California Court Denies Summary Judgment on Known Conditions Exclusion

In its recent decision in Lennar Mare Island v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26405 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2014), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had occasion to consider the...more

Assistant Treasurer announces measures to address insurance needs of North Queensland

At the Insurance Council of Australia’s 2014 Regulatory Update on Friday 28 February, the Assistant Treasurer announced the development of an aggregator for the North Queensland domestic and strata property insurance market...more

How to Maximize Your Insurance Recovery for Property Damage, Business Interruption, and Supply Chain Losses After “Historic”...

Last week businesses and communities throughout the United States experienced the fifth in a series of major winter storms since the beginning of 2014. Four separate stretches of winter weather affected the United States in...more

Navigating The All-Risks Policy: Is Wear And Tear A Fortuitous Risk?

In its decision in 1422253 Ontario Limited O/A Esso Fourth Avenue Gas Bar v. Coachman Insurance Company, 2013 ONSC 5740, the Divisional Court held that damages resulting from wear and tear can, in certain circumstances, be...more

Disaster and Business Interruption Coverages in the Wake of the Polar Vortex

The “Polar Vortex” created severe cold weather conditions and record low temperatures across most of the United States. Many businesses suffered property damage or loss of business as a result of weather-related shut downs,...more

Insurance and the Polar Vortex: Recovering Losses from the Big Chill of 2014

The first two weeks of 2014 ushered in an extraordinary weather disaster affecting most of the United States, causing extensive property damage and business interruption as a result of freezing temperatures. On January 3,...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

Protecting Your Insurance Rights As A Result of the West Virginia Chemical Leak

Last Thursday’s chemical leak in Charleston, West Virginia, has cut off water to nearly 300,000 people. Businesses in the area have been forced to close, and must remain closed until the city can decontaminate the water...more

New York State Court Allows Policyholder to Pay Minimum Deductible for Flood Loss

In a January 2014 decision that may prove valuable to policyholders in their disputes over deductibles, a New York state trial court ruled that the appropriate deductible applicable to an oil terminal operator’s $2.28 million...more

The Calm Before the Storm Is the Time to Consider Insurance Coverage

There were no major hurricanes in 2013. Although the season was projected to be above average in terms of activity, this was the first Atlantic hurri­cane season without a major storm event through the month of November in...more

Think Twice Before Throwing Out Those Old Business Records

Property owners or operators faced with an environmental cleanup often incur significant expenses to cleanup their property. Before starting the actual cleanup, property owners/operators should take the time to explore all...more

Is That Covered?

If the long-term predictions prove to be true and we have a snowy Winter in 2013-14, policyholders may be faced with the issue of whether insurance covers damage to a business facility or home due to a roof collapse from the...more

Chancel Repair Liability - The New Regime

Provisions contained in the Land Registration Act 2002 were finally implemented from 13 October 2013. From that date, chancel repair liability no longer binds a buyer of land for value (i.e. where a payment in money or in...more

Missouri Court Holds Underlying Fuel Tank Release Not Progressive Injury

In its recent decision in Stoddard Equipment Co., Inc. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEIS 170701 (W.D. Mo. Dec. 4, 2013), the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri had occasion...more

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