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Bad Faith Claims Permitted Against Self-Insured Employers In Iowa – “Fairly Debatable” Defense Precludes Finding This Time

A federal trial court in Iowa confirmed that first-party bad faith claims may be cognizable against both insurers and self-insured employers. In Spencer v. Annett Holdings, Inc., 905 F.Supp.2d 953 (S.D. Iowa, Nov. 27, 2012),...more

Saskatchewan Trial Court Awards Record Punitive Damages for Insurer Bad Faith

A Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench has assessed punitive damages totalling $4,500,000 against two insurers in a recent trial decision, Branco v. American Home Assurance et. al., 2013 SKQB 98. In rendering a...more

Practical Implications Of Howell v. Hamilton Meat

The collateral source rule in a personal injury action or tort claim generally prevents the admission of evidence that the plaintiff will be compensated from a source other than the defendant for his/her injuries. This rule...more

Office Parties: Celebrate the Season Without Getting Sued!

It’s that time of year! Tis the season for toasts and traditions, presents and parties, secret Santa’s and sexual harassment, lawyers and lawsuits. . . Wait, what? Unfortunately, it’s true. Santa is not...more

Second Circuit Affirms Duty to Defend Under Professional Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Westport Ins. Corp. v. Hamilton Wharton Group, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 9888 (2d Cir. May 17, 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had occasion to consider whether a...more

Texas Insurance Law Newsbrief - August 8, 2011

No Extra-Contractual Recovery for AFS/IBEX against Great American in Crime Policy Coverage Fight Recently, in Great Am. Ins. Co. v. AFS/IBEX Fin. Servs. Inc., C.A. No. 3:07–CV–924–O, 2011 WL 3163605 (S.D. Tex. July 27,...more

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Court of Appeals Interprets Notice of Non-Party Fault Offset to Apply Even if Party at Fault Cannot Be Liable in Suit

The Court of Appeals here confirms my thinking that even if a party would not be liable in suit, e.g., as a governmental entity for immunity or for some other reason (in this case the exclusive remedy provision of the...more

Who's To Blame For High Workers' Compensation Insurance Premiums in California?

Whether your business employs 50 clerical workers or 500 construction specialists, you are undoubtedly familiar with the budgetary constraints and administrative nightmares that go hand-in-hand with workers’...more

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