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The Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The...more

Class Action Involving Application of Deductible to Actual Cash Value Payment

An emerging issue in class action litigation against the insurance industry involves an attempt by plaintiffs’ attorneys to argue that insurers should not be permitted to apply any deductible to payments made on an actual...more

Update on Labor Depreciation Class Actions

There have been two recent federal district court decisions in the widespread class action litigation involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of replacement cost value on property insurance...more

Holy Harleysville! – The Rules Governing RORs, Intervention, and More in South Carolina Have Just Changed

For insurers, litigating third-party coverage disputes in South Carolina has always proved formidable. Insurers can be liable for “bad faith” even if there is no coverage; they may be required to pay an insured’s attorney’s...more

Court Finds That Reinsurance Transaction Did Not Breach Investment Contract Underlying An ERISA Plan

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MetLife acquired the rights to a fixed investment option contract with Midco, a trust established to administer a retirement plan for the employees of Midco International, Inc. Midco plan participants received interest each...more

New York Appellate Court Sides Against The Second Circuit And Holds Class Action Waivers Violate The NLRA

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Plaintiffs, former insurance agents for defendants New York Life Insurance Company and its related companies, brought a putative class action seeking recovery for allegedly illegal wage deductions and violations of overtime...more

Illinois Court Holds That Reinsurers And Insurer Need To File Complaint In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit In Their Own Names Pursuant...

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In this case, an Illinois appellate court held that Section 2-403 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/2-403, required the reinsurers and insurer of Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. (“DSI”) a surety, to file...more

Still Keeping Us Guessing: Florida Supreme Court Poised to Clarify The Daubert Standard in Florida. Maybe.

Is it safe to use the Daubert standard of the new section 90.702, Florida Statutes, to exclude your opponent’s expert testimony? Do you have a choice? Earlier this year, the Florida supreme court raised a red flag on the...more

Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Liability – An Increasingly Hot Topic

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Three recent California lawsuits against some of the country’s largest energy companies represent the latest effort by civil litigants to obtain legal relief for damages allegedly sustained because of climate change. Although...more

Northern District Of Illinois Dismisses Lawsuit Involving Reinsurance For Private Mortgage Insurance

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In a lawsuit filed by the Rehabilitator for a private mortgage insurance provider, the District Court found that the causes of action either failed to meet the Iqbal pleading standard, contained implausible allegations, or...more

Mutual Fund Advisers Win Again on Section 36(b) Claims

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Following a four-day bench trial, New Jersey District Judge Renee Bumb granted judgment to defendant Hartford mutual fund advisers on "excessive fee" claims brought by fund shareholders under Section 36(b) of the Investment...more

What's a Coverage Defense? 11th Circuit Addresses Coverage Defenses under the Florida Claims Administration Statute

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

When coverage is at issue, the interplay between a policy’s language and an insurer’s duties under the Claims Administration Statute, Florida Statute Section 627.426, becomes a key factor in claims handling for insurers. In...more

Summary Judgment for Insurer in Annuity Sales Practices Action

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On March 31, in Chambers v. N. American Co. for Life & Health Ins., an action alleging RICO violations and other claims in the sales of deferred annuities to seniors, the Southern District of Iowa granted the insurer’s motion...more

Court Compels Arbitration Of Non-Signatory Party Seeking To Recoup Damages Flowing From Contract Containing Arbitration Clause

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A federal district court has required Scottsdale Insurance Company to arbitrate a claim against Kinsale Insurance Company based on an arbitration clause in a contract between Kinsale and its insured – a contract to which...more

The Continuing Saga of Sebo v. American Home Assurance Company: The Second District Court of Appeal Rules on Remand

On July 20, 2017, the Second District Court of Appeal issued an order that closed its books on the Sebo appeal. Mr. Sebo made a homeowner’s claim to American Home contending construction deficiencies had allowed water to...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claim in So-Called Shadow Insurance Suit

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In Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of a federal RICO claim against Fidelity & Guaranty (and its owner and several affiliates)...more

Recent Ninth Circuit Rulings Uphold Plaintiffs’ Efforts to Predicate Claims on Alleged Insurance Code Violations — Likely More to...

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Recent rulings suggest insurers face increased risk of suits predicating breach of contract and state unfair trade practices claims on alleged violation of state insurance laws, notwithstanding the lack of an express private...more

The Importance of Careful Coverage Analysis

Ohio has joined the majority of jurisdictions in holding that a general liability policy may provide coverage for claims made by a project owner for property damage allegedly caused by the defective work of a subcontractor....more

Mf Global Holdings Reinsurer’s $15 Million Bond Struck By Bankruptcy Court And Leave To Appeal Rejected By New York Federal Court

by Carlton Fields on

Two courts in New York recently issued decisions concerning Allied World’s ongoing coverage dispute with MF Global Holdings Ltd. over the former’s bankruptcy. As previously reported on this blog, the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

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National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance Issues B. Stairs v. CFM Corp., 2017 NBCA 8 [4226]

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES B. In Alberta an insured’s settlement with a third party which releases the third party does not preclude the insured’s insurer from pursuing a subrogated claim against the third party. Elsewhere in...more

United States Fifth Circuit Confirms Remedies Available to Subrogated Insurer

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On July 7, 2017, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, in Associated International Insurance Company v. Scottsdale Insurance Company, held that, under Texas law, the subrogation clause of an insurance agreement...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. Haraba v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company (The), 2017 ABQB 190, per...

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. Insurance policies are to be interpreted how an ordinary person would understand them such that, absent clear policy wording to the contrary, the interests of co-insureds are to be considered several...more

Poisoning the Well: Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause to Eviscerate Pollution Exclusion in Liability...

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Professionals and practitioners in first party property insurance are likely familiar with the efficient proximate cause rule, which requires an insurance policy to provide coverage where “a covered peril sets in motion a...more

Equitable Estoppel Halts Insurer’s Success In Bad Faith Claim

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Demonstrating that equitable estoppel can create genuine obstacles for insurers, the court in the Middle District of North Carolina denied a carrier relief to which it would have otherwise been entitled based upon the...more

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