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Florida's SIU Tool Belt Is a Bit Lighter Today

Florida has been plagued with insurance fraud for decades.  All insurance coverages are susceptible to fraud, but scams are especially prevalent in the context of automobile accidents.  Staged crashes, patient brokering,...more

Federal Courts Refuse to Enforce Waiver of Subrogation Clauses in Certain Residential Situations

In two recent decisions, federal courts sitting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania refused to dismiss subrogation claims filed by the insurers of a homeowner and lessees of apartments who suffered damages paid by their carriers....more

Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege In Reinsurance Dispute, Rejecting Assertion Of The Crime-Fraud Exception And Questions...

The case involves a dispute over Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s claims for reinsurance proceeds from Munich Re. One of Munich Re’s defenses in the litigation asserts that Utica “strategically orchestrated a settlement...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

A Reprieve from the Deluge of Hail Litigation in Texas

In recent years, the number of Texas lawsuits arising from hail-damage claims to residential and commercial properties has reached staggering levels, leaving the courts in several Texas counties struggling to keep up with...more

Depreciation of Labor Costs Class Action: Nebraska Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Insurer

I’ve regularly followed on my blog key developments in the numerous class actions against the insurance industry involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of estimated replacement cost value in...more

Washington Weighs In On The Scope Of Insurance Regulators’ Authority

In January, we reported that California’s Supreme Court had embraced a problematic approach to the state’s Unfair Insurance Practices Act—one that allows the Commissioner of Insurance to create new statutory torts by...more

Indiana Applies Heightened Summary Judgment Standard In Determining Vicarious Liability For An Employee Driving A Provided Company...

For an employee, the opportunity to drive a company vehicle is certainly a job perk. For an employer, however, issuing company vehicles comes with the risk that it may be held liable for any negligence of the employee arising...more

Three Point Shot - February 2017

Ski Manufacturer Chills Bode Miller's Comeback - World champion skier and six-time Olympic medalist Samuel "Bode" Miller had his eye on coming out of retirement for the 2016-17 season before a contract dispute with his...more

Insurer’s Denial of Mitigation Claim for Extra Costs to Prevent Cancellation of Contract Upheld

Many property insurance policies that provide coverage for business interruption losses also include “extra expense” coverage for reasonable and necessary extra costs to temporarily continue as nearly as possible normal...more

How to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege In Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

In State Farm v. Lee, 199 Ariz. 52, 13 P.3d 1169 (2000) (En Banc), the Arizona Supreme Court first held that an Insurer can impliedly waive the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) in a bad faith case, despite not...more

Guidelines to Assist an Insurer’s Analysis of Whether a Court Will Find an Implied Waiver of the Attorney Client Privilege in...

Because Arizona cases touching on this issue are copious, confusing, and complex, we note the following guidelines—though sometimes conflicting—have emerged from Lee and its progeny and will assist an Insurer’s analysis of...more

Are Federal Courts Increasingly Likely to Grant Rescission of Insurance Contracts?

Recent court decisions across a variety of industries highlight the importance of submitting complete and accurate insurance applications and renewals. When submitting an application for insurance, the applicant should...more

Tips to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

Although Arizona law regarding the implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) is far from certain, an Insurer may avoid a waiver by following these tips...more

What Is Prompt Notice? Second Circuit Analyzes Late Notice In New York

Property insurance policies typically require that, once an insured suffers a loss, the insured report the loss to the insurance carrier promptly. The purpose of such a provision is to allow an insurer to investigate a claim...more

Court Refuses To Compel Production Of Cedent’s Documents To Reinsurer When Extent Of Cedent’s Obligation To Provide Documents Is...

A court has denied a motion to reconsider its decision denying a reinsurer’s (Century Indemnity Co.) motion to compel an insurer (Travelers Casualty and Surety Company) to produce certain documents in a case in which...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Jurisdiction Based On Contract Interpretation

As this decision explains, the Court of Chancery will not have jurisdiction based on the claim an injunction is needed to force a defendant to comply with the proper interpretation of a contract....more

Delaware Superior Court Explains How To Assert Fraud Exclusion

This is an important insurance coverage decision. It upholds the claim of an insurer to bring a coverage suit to determine that a fraud exclusion applies to bar coverage on an underlying litigation that asserted a claim for...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania: No Bifurcation Where Bad Faith Could Exist Independently of Breach of Contract

Eizen Fineburg & McCarthy, P.C. v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co., No. 2:16-cv-02461-JHS, 2017 WL 194226 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 18, 2017)? - On January 30, 2011, law firm Eizen Fineburg & McCarthy, P.C. (“the Firm”), purchased a...more

Florida Appellate Court Rejects Jury’s Bad Faith Verdict

It feels like a black swan event: last month, in GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Harvey, No. 4D15-2724 (Fla. Ct. App. Jan. 4, 2017), a Florida appellate panel unanimously overturned a jury verdict, on the ground that the plaintiff’s...more

CPP Disability Benefits: To Deduct or Not to Deduct

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

Court Affirms Dismissal Of Cedent’s Claims Asserting Reinsurance Premium Fraud Scheme, Based On Expiration Of Limitations Period

The appellant (Guarantee Trust) had forwarded reinsurance premiums to the reinsurer to be held in a custodial account for the payment of claims. Guarantee Trust initially sued Kribbs, the founder of the reinsurer, alleging...more

Unequivocal Denial: District of New Jersey Court Outlines What is Not Necessary

We have previously featured New Jersey District Court decisions addressing “unequivocal” denials in the context of policies’ suit limitation provisions. In the latest, Ryan v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., No. 14-6308...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

Alberta Court of Appeal confirms an obligee/trustee under labour and material payment bond has no legal duty to disclose the existence of such a bond to potential bond claimants until specifically asked about its...more

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

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

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