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Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

Court Finds Taxi Cab Company Vicariously Liable for Taxi Driver’s Negligence

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Emanuele Secci v. United Independent Taxi Drivers, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District 8 Cal.App.5th 846 (February 15, 2017) - The California Court of Appeals reinstated a jury verdict of $335,000...more

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

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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

CPP Disability Benefits: To Deduct or Not to Deduct

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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

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

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A. An insured killed by a thief driving the insured’s vehicle is entitled to coverage under his S.P.F. 44 Endorsement, notwithstanding that one part of the definition of “inadequately insured motorist” purports to exclude...more

Allocating a Pro Rata Defense Share to the Insured in Continuous Injury Cases

by Selman Breitman LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently held that the duty to defend in a long latency disease case could be prorated between the insurer and insured. (See, Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp. 2016 WL...more

Torts – Assumption of the Risk – Waiver of Liability

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Kirk Anderson v. Fitness International, LLC - Court of Appeal, Second District (October 27, 2016) - The general rule in California is that all persons are responsible “for an injury occasioned to another by his or...more

Pokémon Go Faces More Criticism

by King & Spalding on

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game in which players use their mobile device to catch Pokémon in the players’ real-world surroundings by utilizing the camera, GPS, and gyroscope features of the mobile...more

Subrogation recovery did not violate the made-whole-rule and was not in bad faith per Wisconsin Sup. Ct.

by Cozen O'Connor on

It is highly unusual to find an insurance bad faith case which stems from an insurance company’s subrogation recovery. On July 6th, Wisconsin’s highest court had such a case, reversing the appellate court and holding that...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

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A. Where a party pleads equitable relief (such as rescission, estoppel or relief from forfeiture) with respect to an insurance policy, the claim cannot be heard by a jury Maynard v. Alberta Motor Assn., 2015 ABQB 564,...more

Eighth Circuit to insurers: Settlement evaluation must constantly adapt to litigation developments

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A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit taught an insurer a costly lesson about trying to avoid extra-contractual liability: Insurers must constantly reevaluate their settlement position throughout...more

Common Law Indemnity Claim Affirmed on Justifiable Beliefs

by Snell & Wilmer on

Yesterday, the Arizona Court of Appeals issued an interesting opinion in Hatch Development v. Solomon. Hatch illustrated two key points in real estate and construction litigation: (1) a contractor’s indemnity does not always...more

Jackson v. Black Ink Tattoo Studio Inc.: Why Consent Forms for Tattoo Artists Are an Indelibly Good Idea

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The ability of tattoo artists to protect themselves from negligence lawsuits got a boost from a recent decision of a New York court. The case of Jackson v. Black Ink Tattoo Studio Inc. drew national interest since the...more

The Duty to Follow-up Part II: When The Underlying Litigation Changes

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Last month, we discussed the duty to follow-up in the context of an offer to settle made by a tort claimant and how neglect of that duty cost an insurer dearly by converting a claim that could have been settled for $25,000...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Insureds’ Miller-Shugart Agreement Breached Policy’s Cooperation Clause

In its recent decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Donaldson, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7499 (8th Cir. Apr. 26, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: A passenger who grabs the steering wheel is involved in the “use” or “operation” of the...

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Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2015 BCCA 394, per Bennett J., Saunders J. and Stromberg-Stein J. - I. FACTS AND ISSUES - The plaintiff (“Felix”) was driving her car with her intoxicated...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2016: Insurance Issues: Portage LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company v. Sabean, 2015 NSCA 53, per...

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Future CPP benefits fall under the definition of “any policy of insurance” and are therefore deductible from amounts payable by SEF 44 insurers - Portage LaPrairie Mutual Insurance Company v. Sabean, 2015 NSCA 53, per...more

Montanile v. Board of Trustees: A New Model for Recovery

by Wilson Elser on

At times, money may be owed back to the benefit plan which paid benefits to or on behalf of a participant. For example, most health plans include a right to recover from a third party recovery amounts the plan paid. In the...more

Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company

Murray v. Farmers Insurance Company Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, January 19, 2016 - Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages - For years, the...more

Court of Appeals Addresses Insurance Agent Negligence Claim; Plaintiff May Claim Emotional Damages

For years, the Murrays bought minimum limits vehicle insurance, including minimum UM/UIM from agent Jones. Then they gradually began increasing their limits. They testified that when they discussed UM/UIM coverage with Jones,...more

Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift: No Duty to Advise Of Optional Safety Devices

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Just last week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania dismissed plaintiff’s negligence and §402(B) strict liability claims on summary judgment in Morello v. Kenco Toyota Lift, et al. The court reserved dismissal of the...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

Court of Appeals of Wisconsin: Insured Must Be “Made Whole” For Total Loss Before Insurer Can Recover Subrogated Funds

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Dufour v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co., No. 2014AP157, 2015 WL 4275292 (Wis. Ct. App. July 16, 2015). The Court of Appeals of Wisconsin reverses the Circuit Court for Dodge County and remands for proceedings on damages...more

One Business Day Delay In Delivering Settlement Check Costs Insurer $1.1 Million

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

A South Carolina federal district court judge has ordered that Nationwide must pay an accident victim $1.1 million, in excess of the $50,000 Nationwide policy, as a result of Nationwide’s failure to timely respond to a...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Predicts That Pennsylvania Supreme Court Would Prevent an Insured from Recovering Punitive Damages...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Wolfe v. Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., No. 12-4450, 2015 WL 3634779 (3d Cir. June 12, 2015). The Third Circuit Court of Appeals holds that evidence of punitive damages award against insured in underlying suit was not...more

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