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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

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

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

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

Anti-Concurrent Causation Clauses Get More Attention

Catastrophe losses rarely involve a situation where the loss is solely caused by an excluded peril. Anti-Concurrent Causation (ACC) clauses were drafted to address the scenario where two perils contribute to the same loss....more

Flood Insurance Statute of Limitations Remains Intact After Proof of Loss Deadline Extensions

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) extended the deadline to submit a proof of loss for Sandy-related claims from the 60-day period provided for by the agency’s regulations to 12 months....more

One Year Later, Superstorm Sandy Still Offers Viable Recovery Opportunities for Insurers

The one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy serves as a reminder to property insurers that key deadlines are approaching that can directly affect recovery efforts. Viable subrogation opportunities still exist, but carriers...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending October 4, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – JOURDAN HAYNES & CHRIS SMART - MRTA: marketable record title act represents codified limitation on title insurer’s obligation to research public records in connection with issuance of title...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Sep 19, 2013

Pollution Claims–Apparently Here to Stay - With the advent of the “absolute” pollution exclusion in commercial general liability (“CGL”) policies in the mid-1980s, many in the insurance industry predicted that...more

United States v. Susquehanna Bank

Memorandum Opinion

Maryland's federal district court rejected the IRS contention that internal IRS regulations wipe out state recording statutes and the "relation back" principle that gives deeds an effective date prior to actual recording. The...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending July 19, 2013

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – STEFANIE LINCOLN - Litigation Privilege: litigation privilege, which protects actions taken in the course of and related to judicial proceedings from civil liability, applies to causes of...more

5th Circuit Holds Late Notice Bars Coverage Under Buy-Back Pollution Coverage

In its recent decision in Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. SGS Petroleum Service Corp., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12425 (5th Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, had occasion...more

Insurer Has No Duty To Verify Accuracy of Insurance Application Representations

In American Way Cellular, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, issued May 30, 2013, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District reaffirmed that insurers are not obligated to investigate...more

Weekly Law Resume - May 16, 2013: Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Vacant Property

Travelers Property Cas. Co. of America v. Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles - Court of Appeal, Second District (April 17, 2013) - Most insurers do not like to insure empty buildings. Consequently,...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- May 16, 2013

In This Issue: Prepare For A Storm of Lawsuits; To Ensure Coverage, Read Policy Carefully; and Ticketmaster Wins Reversal, Possible Coverage For Class Action Over Ticket Fees ...more

Court Adheres to Specific Definition of “Designated Premises”; Holds Policy Cancellation Does Not Preclude Rescission

In Seneca Ins. Co. v. Cimran Co., — N.Y.S.2d –, 2013 WL 1405231 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t 2013), the New York appeals court granted the insurer’s motion for summary judgment, declaring that it had no duty to defend and indemnify...more

The “Occurrence” Debate Continues: Pennsylvania and North Dakota Edition

As noted in our previous installment of CDCQ, the “occurrence” issue is one of the most hotly litigated topics in construction defect coverage cases. This last quarter was no exception. Two recent cases addressing this issue...more

Calif. Plumbs The Depths Of Water Damage Exclusions

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal confirms the willingness of courts in California to enforce exclusions for water damage in property policies, thus precluding coverage for the policyholders’ alleged...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

In Alabama, Cost of Complying with a PRP letter Now Insured Under CGL Policies

In a recent ruling of interest to any company named as a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) at a Superfund site, the Alabama Supreme Court has held that a PRP letter constitutes a “suit” under a comprehensive general...more

Lessons From Past Give Guidance To Sandy-Related Claims

Originally published in Insurance Law360 on January 15, 2013. In the aftermath of Hurricane (or post-tropical cyclone) Sandy, insurers and insureds alike will face a number of complicated insurance coverage issues, to...more

Insured’s Attempt to Negate Water Exclusion All Wet

In Cardio Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, Case No. B239145 (Dec. 18, 2012; certified for publication), the Second Division of the California Court of Appeal affirmed the lower court’s ruling that an...more

Weekly Law Resume - December 13, 2012: Coverage – Additional Insureds – Exclusion for Suits Between Insureds

Gemini Ins. Co. v. Delos Ins. Co. - Court of Appeal, Second District (December 5, 2012) - Many policies have exclusions for coverage or defense of actions between insureds. This case considered such an exclusion where...more

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