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On August 12, 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency in response to historic flooding in Louisiana. The state of emergency is set to expire on Monday, September 12, 2016. The most recent...more

Under Construction - September 2016

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the Fall 2016 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope your summer has left you relaxed and refreshed to successfully finish out the remainder of the year. Most...more

Ambiguity And Ensuing Loss: The Second Circuit Affirms The Southern District Of New York’s Holdings In a $675 Million Superstorm...

In National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16074 (2d. Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), Amtrak sought the entire $675 million of available coverage from a number of its insurers for damages...more

“Context Matters” – Tenth Circuit Holds Mudslide Not an Explosion Under Property Policy

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a Colorado district court ruling that the sudden obliteration of a building in a 2013 mudslide did not constitute an “explosion” under a commercial...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

A. In a commercial lease, the covenant of the tenant to insure the landlord along with itself fixes the tenant with the risk of loss. Failure to add the landlord to the policy, as required by the lease, does not allow the...more

Tropical Storm Hermine | A Quick Reference Compliance Guide to Adjusting Storm Related Claims in Florida

..Once a wind storm is named as a hurricane by the National Weather Service, and a warning or watch for any part of Florida is issued, all wind losses in the state from that time until 72 hours after the last warning or watch...more

Ohio Court Holds No Coverage for Misrepresentation Claims

In its recent decision in Lakeside Terrace Home Sales, Ltd. v. Arrowood Indem. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 114828 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 26, 2016), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, had occasion to...more

Title Endorsement Basics

Title insurance is issued using standardized forms of policies and endorsements. The most commonly used forms for commercial properties are those promulgated by the American Land Title Association (ALTA), a nationwide title...more

Commercial landlords: Time to tune up your indemnity provisions

The California Court of Appeal recently issued an opinion which reminds us to take another look at the “boilerplate” indemnity provisions in commercial leases. In Morlin Asset Management LP v. Murachanian (B259800), a...more

Contract Interpretation: Whether The Contract Is A Non-Insurance Indemnity Agreement Or An Insurance Policy Makes A Big Difference...

In Crawford v. Weather Shield Mfg., Inc. (2008) 44 Cal. 4th 541, 187 P.3d 424, 79 Cal.Rptr.3d 721, the California Supreme Court addressed an indemnitor’s duty to defend the indemnitee under a non-insurance indemnity agreement...more

Insurance for Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

It’s a good time to insulate your wine business against getting burned or shaken up in a disaster. The California wildfire season is well underway. Only a year ago, the Lake County fire destroyed hundreds of homes,...more

A State Law Wolf in Federal Common Law Clothing: The Third Circuit Rejects Insured’s Attempt to Expand Causes of Action Under the...

Courts across the country (and particularly since Super Storm Sandy in 2012) have consistently held that, in litigation involving a dispute concerning the investigation, adjustment, or payment of a flood claim under the...more

FinCEN Tightens the Screws on Money Launderers with Additional Scrutiny of High-Value Residential Real Estate Transactions

Choice real estate markets such as New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and San Antonio may offer enticing amenities like buzzing nightlife or sunny beaches, but thanks to the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

Recent Florida Legislation Will Allow for Creation of Specialty Sinkhole Coverage Lines

The Florida Legislature passed legislation this session that allows specialty limited sinkhole coverage. According to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, Florida has more sinkholes than any other U.S. state. As such,...more

Western District of Virginia Confronts Several Legal Issues That Frequently Impact Multi-Party Construction Disputes – Economic...

Allstate Insurance Company v. Structures Design/Build, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34349 (WD VA March 17, 2016) - This construction dispute case arises from a failed pipe connector that caused water damage to a facility...more

Is Anyone Home? Washington Supreme Court Interprets Two-Step Vacancy Endorsement

Disputes involving “vacancy” exclusions typically involve the appropriate definition of that word. The recently-decided case of Lui v. Essex Ins. Co., 2016 Wash. LEXIS 692 (Wash. June 9, 2016) presents a somewhat different...more

Insurers Take Notice: Ninth Circuit Rules that EPA Request Letter Triggers Duty to Defend

On May 11, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a general liability insurer owed a duty to defend an environmental matter even though no suit had technically been filed. Ash Grove Cement Co v. Liberty Mutual...more

The Latest on Late Notice in Texas Property Insurance

Texas hail season is in full swing and the courts are giving insureds (and their prospective attorneys) a lot to think about when it comes to turning in those claims. The eagerly awaited decision by the Fifth Circuit in...more

In The Know - 1st Edition, May 2016

Welcome to the first edition of IN, a quarterly digest designed to keep insurers in the know on both the development, as well as the ongoing evolution, of legal trends relevant to first-party property coverage and bad faith...more

Alberta Wildfires – Insurance for Financial and Other Losses of Affected Companies

Companies potentially affected by the Alberta wildfires should be conducting a prompt review of potentially applicable insurance coverage, especially under policies that provide coverage for business interruption and loss of...more

Hurricane Season: Time to Determine Whether You're Covered for Weather

June 1 brings the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season. These storms have the potential to cause devastating damage for companies who own property such as apartment buildings, hotels, factories, retail outlets, warehouses...more

OFAC Provides Helpful New Guidance for Cuba

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its FAQs for Cuba on April 21, 2016 with substantive guidance that addresses U-turn transactions, export policy, insurance, educational and humanitarian activities and...more

Pennsylvania Title Insurance Notice

Effective May 1, 2016, title insurance premiums and endorsement costs, as recommended by the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania, will increase by 12% across the board. This increase applies to both the sale and...more

What Constitutes ‘Physical Loss’ for Property Insurance?

In determining whether a property insurance policy responds to a loss, the fundamental, threshold question to be answered is whether or not the policyholder sustained “physical loss or damage” to insured property. In the...more

The Uncertainty of Remand in Texas

The United States District Courts in Texas continue to issue conflicting opinions regarding the analysis to be used in determining whether a state court petition contains sufficient allegations against a nondiverse defendant...more

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