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West Virginia Supreme Court: Bad Faith Claims Are Premature when the Insurer Is Providing a Defense

by Cozen O'Connor on

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently granted an insurer the extraordinary legal remedy of a writ of prohibition, awarding it an immediate dismissal of the insureds’ bad faith claims. State ex rel. Universal Underwriters...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules on Discoverability of an Insurer’s Attorney’s Fee Bills

by Cozen O'Connor on

Are an insurer’s attorney’s fee bills discoverable in first party claims? In In re Nat’l Lloyds Ins. Co., 2017 Tex. LEXIS 522 (Tex. 2017), the Texas Supreme Court considered this question in a hail MDL dispute and answered...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: Released after 11:30 a.m. SC19568, SC19569 - Mayer v. Historic District Commission - The statutory grounds for aggrievement for zoning appeals do not apply to Historic...more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

Defence & Indemnity - An Analysis of Insurance Case Law and Legislation - April 2017

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - A. The Alberta Court of Appeal reiterated that policies cover insured perils but not pre-existing deficiencies in the property that are not caused by the peril, but only discovered as a result of...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Florida Alert: Can a Liability Carrier be Sued for Bad Faith when Its Insured Was Not Exposed to Liability In Excess of the Policy...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Third District Court of Appeals finding recently held that in certain circumstances, a third party can maintain a bad faith claim against an insurer even if the insured is not exposed to liability in excess of the policy...more

Trial Court Committed Error in Excluding Evidence of Future Affordable Care Act Benefits in Medical Malpractice Case

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Cuevas v. Contra Costa County - First Appellate District, Division One (April 27, 2017) - In an ordinary personal injury lawsuit, a defendant may not introduce evidence of amounts the plaintiff received from insurance...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19651 - Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38279 - Al Dente, LLC v....more

Unemployment Benefits Do Not Factor Into Damages Calculations in Employment Discrimination Lawsuits

A recent New Jersey Appellate Division opinion now makes it explicitly clear that unemployment benefits cannot be deducted from back pay damages in employment discrimination cases under the New Jersey Law Against...more

The Supreme Court - April 18, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Coventry Health Care of Missouri, Inc. v. Nevils, No. 16-149: The Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) is authorized under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act of 1959 (“FEHBA”), 5 U.S.C. §8901 et seq., to contract...more

Texas Supreme Court Clarifies The “Independent Injury Rule”

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

When can an insured recover policy benefits as damages under the Insurance Code, potentially trebling what would otherwise be ordinary contract damages? That question, which has divided Texas insurance lawyers for more than a...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

by Carlton Fields on

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Texas Supreme Court Addresses The Causation Requirement For A Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claim And Conspiracy, Aiding And Abetting...

by Winstead PC on

In First United Pentecostal Church of Beaumont v. Parker, a church hired an attorney to defend it against sexual abuse allegations. 2017 Tex. LEXIS 295 (Tex. March 17, 2017). During the same time, the church also engaged the...more

Mayer Brown Submits Amicus Brief For Chamber Of Commerce, American Tort Reform Association, And American Insurance Association In...

Seemingly minor legal issues sometimes can have a surprisingly significant effect. That is particularly true with the ratio guidepost because the effect of any dispute about the guidepost’s application is literally...more

Bankruptcy Court Holds Bermuda Insurers Violated Barton Doctrine By Seeking Anti-Suit Injunctions In Bermuda Courts

by Carlton Fields on

Two separate courts in the Southern District of New York have recently issued opinions relating to a complicated bankruptcy proceeding following the collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd. in 2011. The underlying dispute involves...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. Where an insurer has failed to afford a defence to its insured and the insured is successful in bringing proceedings to enforce the insurer’s obligations, the court can and will award the insured a...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Occupational Disease Pension Does Not Trigger Health Insurance Benefits

by Sedgwick LLP on

In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that anyone who qualified for a line-of-duty pension under section 4-110 of the Illinois Pension Code qualified as having a “catastrophic injury” within the meaning of Section 10(a) of...more

CPP Disability Benefits: To Deduct or Not to Deduct

by Field Law on

The standard form SEF 44 endorsement (The Endorsement) was recently interpreted by the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Sabean v. Portage La Prairie Mutual Insurance Co., 2017 SCC 7. The Endorsement indemnifies an...more

California’s High Court Gives Insurance Regulators New Tools To Broaden Authority

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Nearly two years ago, a California appellate court invalidated a rule promulgated by the state’s Insurance Commissioner, on the ground that the regulator lacks authority to prohibit “deceptive acts or practices” which are not...more

New Year - New Insurance Law

by DLA Piper on

In an earthquake related judgment issued in late December 2016, the High Court (Court) found a mutual duty of good faith applied to parties to an insurance contract, including during the claims handling process. A breach of...more

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