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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

Half-Baked: Phillips Exeter, Sexual Assault, And A Recipe For Disaster

Considered one of the country’s most elite prep schools, Phillips Exeter Academy has recently joined the queue of prestigious private schools who have been accused of having ignored, suppressed, or minimized claims of sexual...more

Assignment v. Subrogation — Prosecuting Recovery Actions Arising from Personal Injury Claims

It is common in most jurisdictions that personal injury claims cannot be assigned. This can occasionally present a concern when an insurance carrier attempts to bring a contribution action against a third-party tortfeasor...more

Pokémon Go Faces More Criticism

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

11th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Summary Judgment in Bad Faith Claim

In its recent decision in Hinson v. Titan Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14474 (11th Cir. Aug. 8, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, had occasion to consider how diligent an insurer must act...more

When a Policy Limits Offer is Not Enough: A Cautionary Tale of a Failure to Settle Case

In a recent unpublished decision, the California Court of Appeals upheld a $3 million judgment against an auto liability insurer that rejected proposed language in a settlement agreement, notwithstanding the insurer’s policy...more

Future of U.K. Data Protection Regs Unclear

As new British Prime Minister Theresa May assembles her new Cabinet, including a new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union following the June 23, 2016 Brexit referendum outcome, the U.K.'s march forward to leave...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Holds Insurer Is Entitled To Subrogation Despite Fact That Insured Was Not “Made Whole”

In Dufour v. Progressive Classic Ins. Co., 2016 WI 59 (Wis. 2016), Dairyland Insurance Company’s insured sustained physical injuries and damage to his vehicle following an automobile accident with an underinsured tortfeasor....more

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

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

Not Seeing Double: In Reversal, New York Court Holds That Third-Party Liability Payments May Not Offset UIM Benefits

In New York, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage “does not function … to fully compensate … insureds for their injuries.” Weiss v. Tri-State Consumer Ins. Co., 98 A.D.3d 1107, 951 N.Y.S.2d 191 (2d Dep’t 2012). UIM...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES #3

Both the legal/registered owner and lessor and the beneficial owner and lessor of a vehicle are vicariously liable for the lessee’s vehicular negligence but only to the liability cap for lessors. Graham (Litigation...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

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

Nevada Adopts Cumis Counsel Requirement – Who’s Next?

In September 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision in State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74, which held that Nevada law requires an insurer to provide independent Cumis counsel when there...more

You’ve Been Hit With a Large Jury Verdict. Now What?

Excessive jury verdicts are typically challenged through motions for new trial. A new trial may, however, present additional challenges to clients: namely, additional trial expenses, as well as the delayed adjudication of...more

UAS in the USA: An Overview of the FAA's New Drone Rules

On June 21, 2016, the FAA announced its new rules to govern non-hobbyist small UAS (“sUAS” or “drones”) operations. Gluttons for punishment can read the entire 624-page FAA document here; others can read a summary of the...more

Construction Alert: "Texas Supreme Court Opinion Impacts General Contractor's Statutory Indemnity Rights Against Manufacturers of...

The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an important decision regarding the ability of general contractors to seek indemnity from manufacturers of defective products. In Centerpoint Builders GP, LLC v. Trussway, Ltd., the...more

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

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

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Use of Extrinsic Evidence and Reasonable Expectations Doctrine

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, No. 14SC99 (Colo. June 20, 2016), holding that extrinsic evidence can only be used to interpret ambiguous policy language,...more

Texas Supreme Court Narrows the Ability of General Contractors to Seek Chapter 82 Indemnity for Product Claims

On June 17, the Texas Supreme Court further clarified the definition of the word "seller" in Chapter 82 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code (known as the Texas Products Liability Act), which was intended to provide...more

Common Law Indemnity Claim Affirmed on Justifiable Beliefs

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

Elevator Considered “Falling Object” Under New York Labor Law §240(1)

In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 4215 (1st Dep’t June 7, 2016), plaintiff, an elevator repairman, was present at defendant’s property to investigate a scraping noise that could be heard while the...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Love Canal Claims

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75958 (W.D.N.Y. June 10, 2016), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York had occasion to consider...more

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

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

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

Liability Waivers. What Happens When You are Injured at the Gym?

Injuries from overexertion and misuse of equipment at the gym are fairly common, but sometimes, a fitness center is to blame for a person’s suffering. In many cases, liability waivers come into play in lawsuits against gyms,...more

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