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Federal Court Undresses Urban Outfitters in Personal and Advertising Injury Coverage Dispute

In OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Urban Outfitters Inc., 2014 WL 2011494 (E.D.Pa. 2014), the Eastern District of Pennsylvania analyzed the application of “personal and advertising injury” coverage to alleged violations of...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

Policyholders Fight to Preserve Precedent But Court Limits Coverage For Implied Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court, in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution Inc. 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014), issued its long awaited opinion affirming an appeal of a ruling that at first blush appeared to...more

California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on...more

Insurance Coverage – Personal & Advertising Injury – Trade Disparagement

Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v Swift Distribution, Inc. - California Supreme Court (June 12, 2014) - Commercial liability policies provide coverage for “personal and advertising injury.” This term typically...more

Illinois Court Holds Duty to Defend Telemarketing Sales Rule Lawsuit

In its recent decision in North River Ins. Co. v. Guar. Trust Life Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 736 (Apr. 14, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an exclusion for...more

Lawsuit Against Medtronic Alleges Racketeering Over Infuse Bone Graft

When one big industry sues another we learn a lot about how business as usual is conducted. In this case Humana, a giant health insurer, has sued the medical device company Medtronic, maker of the Infuse bone graft. ...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Coverage for Product Disparagement

In its recent decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 2014 Cal. LEXIS 3765 (Cal. June 12, 2014), the California Supreme Court had occasion to consider the type of statements that qualify...more

Rising up from the Trenches: Ninth Circuit Broadly Interprets Breach of Contract Exclusion in Trademark Infringement Case

On May 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit upheld a California district court decision that broadly interpreted the breach of contract exclusion in a commercial general liability policy to preclude coverage for all personal and...more

Illinois “Blasts” Non-TCPA Causes of Action Out of Coverage

In G.M. Sign, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 IL App (2d) 130593 (May 2, 2014), the Illinois appellate court enforced a policy’s Violation of Statutes Exclusion endorsement to preclude coverage for a settlement...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2014

Lab’s “Body Bag” Presentations Triggered Coverage For Defamation Claims: Why it matters - We’ve all sat through some pretty boring PowerPoint presentations. But the lesson from a recent decision: it might be a...more

Federal Court Erie Prediction Insufficient to Establish Conflict of Law

In its recent decision in Bridgeview Health Care Ctr. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2014 Ill. LEXIS 596 (May, 22, 2014), the Supreme Court of Illinois had occasion to consider whether a federal court’s Erie prediction is...more

TCPA Connect - May 2014

New TCPA Class Action Doesn’t Want to Make Friends - Ride-sharing company Lyft is facing a putative class action suit for allegedly violating the TCPA by encouraging users to invite their friends to join the service....more

New York Supreme Court Finds that GL Insurers Have No Duty to Defend Sony for Class Actions Arising out of PlayStation Data Breach

In February of this year, in the matter of Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Sony Corp. of America, et al., case number 651982/2011, the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of Zurich American Insurance Co. and Mitsui Sumitomo...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Based on Blast Fax Exclusion

In its recent decision in Interline Brands, Inc. v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6945 (11th Cir. Apr. 15, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Florida law, had...more

Will Heartbleed Affect Data Breach Insurance Coverage?

Although it is a widespread exploit that has been undetected for two years, whether or not a CGL policy covers data breaches allowed by Heartbleed should turn, simply, on whether the policy covers data breach at all...more

Illinois Court Holds Federal Case Law Relevant In Choice of Law Analysis

In its recent decision in G.M. Sign v. Pennswood Partners, 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 188 (2nd Dist. Mar. 24, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois for the Second District had occasion to consider whether to engage in a choice of...more

Redbox Covers the Nation with Red Box DVD Rental Units, But its CGL Policy Doesn’t Cover Redbox

Companies facing liability for possible violations of privacy protection statutes are continuing to look to their traditional commercial general liability policies (“CGL”) for coverage. But, as Redbox recently discovered,...more

Social Media — The Possibilities Are Endless!

Facebook. Instagram. YouTube. Twitter. LinkedIn. SnapChat. Flickr. Google+. Tumblr. WeChat. MySpace. WhatsApp. Reddit. The list of social media and networking sites goes on and on. It’s fairly common knowledge...more

Court Refuses Discovery Of Communications With Reinsurers Because Policy Term Was Not Ambiguous

Reinsurance communications were held not discoverable in a commercial coverage dispute. By way of background, PBM Products, LLC sued its competitors, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company and Mead Johnson & Company, for allegedly...more

Professional Services Exclusion Does Not Preclude Coverage for Deceptive Advertising Claim

Recently, in Rob Levine & Associates Ltd. v. Travelers Casualty and Surety Co., No. 13-560-M, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15807 (D.R.I. Feb. 3, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island held that a legal...more

ENT surgeons cut into each other – Common law qualified privilege in defamation

The New South Wales Court of Appeal in Prince v Malouf [2014] NSWCA 12 has recently overturned a District Court award of damages. The two parties, Dr Prince and Dr Malouf, were ear, nose and throat surgeons who, in...more

What Do You Get When You Cross March Madness With Insurance?

A chance to win one billion dollars. Quicken Loans and Berkshire Hathaway recently announced that they are teaming up to award one billion dollars to be shared by persons who correctly predict the winners of every game in...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 18, 2014

Insurer Must Indemnify TCPA Settlement, Despite Lack of Involvement - Why it matters: In a closely watched case out of Illinois, an appellate court held that a $1.7 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer...more

Laying Down the Law: Illinois Appellate Courts Confirm Insurance Coverage in TCPA Cases

The threat to many American businesses posed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) (47 U.S.C. § 227(b)) is undeniable. A typical alleged violation of the TCPA may consist of sending a fax without the...more

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