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Eighth Circuit Affirms Disclaimer Based on Patient Bodily Injury Exclusion

In its recent decision in Volk v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6570 (8th Cir. Apr. 10, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Minnesota law, had occasion to consider the...more

If You Think Your Family Business’s Service Contracts Limit Your Liability In All Situations, Think Again!

Family-owned businesses in the services industry in Washington (and beyond) should be paying attention to a recent Washington Supreme Court case addressing the “Independent Duty Doctrine” (also referred to as the “economic...more

SC Supreme Court Finds Family Member Exclusion In Florida Auto Policy Does Not Violate SC Public Policy

A Florida automobile insurance policy’s family exclusion did not violate South Carolina public policy according to an April 2014 opinion of the South Carolina Supreme Court....more

Eighth Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Carbon Monoxide

In its recent decision in Church Mut. Ins. Co. v. Clay Ctr. Christian Church, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 5450 (Mar. 25, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, applying Nebraska law, had occasion to...more

CYBER INSURANCE 101: Coverage Issues Related to Cyber Attacks and Cyber Insurance

The Rise of Cyber Attacks - On October 3, 2013, Adobe Systems Inc., the computer software giant responsible for staple software products such as Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop, announced that its security team had...more

Limitation on Tort Causes of Action for First Party Insurance Claims under Missouri Law Upheld in Uninsured Motorist Coverage Suit

In Easter v. Farmers Insurance Company, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39950 (W.D. Mo. March 26, 2014), the court analyzed an uninsured motorist coverage claim. Davina Easter was involved in an automobile accident when the car...more

4th Circuit Holds Insurer Not Equitably Estopped From Denying Coverage

In an unpublished opinion, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a South Carolina District Court judge’s finding that an insurer was equitably estopped from denying coverage to a new owner of the insured business for a...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Insurer Should Have Considered Extrinsic Facts When Determining Whether A Potential for Coverage Existed, Ninth Circuit Concludes - Why it matters: In a fascinating – albeit unpublished – decision from the Ninth...more

Builders Beware! You Cannot Hide Behind SB 800!

In Burch v Superior Court (Premier Homes et al.) 2014 DJDAR 1991 (decided February 19, 2014) plaintiff Burch, a Pacific Palisades homeowner, sued defendants Premier Homes, the developer, and Custom Home Builders, the general...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week ending March 24

SC18996 - Meyers v. Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, P.C. This case arrived from a divided Appellate Court where some jurist opined that the plaintiff’s attorney malpractice claims sounded solely in tort,...more

South By Southwest Deaths Highlight Alcohol Issues For Texas Restaurants

Three people are now confirmed dead in the recent car crash tragedy at South By Southwest. According to an article by Quita Culpepper from KVUE.com, these people were “injured on Thursday, March 13 outside The Mohawk when...more

Washington Supreme Court Permits $1.5M Damages Claim to Proceed against Engineering Firm under “Independent Duty Doctrine”

In a recent decision decided on a narrow 5-to-4 vote, the Washington Supreme Court declined to bar a couple’s negligence claims against an engineering firm based on a contractual limitation of liability, permitting the couple...more

West Virginia High Court Finds Carbon Monoxide Exposure Claims Arising from the Same Source Are a “Single Occurrence” for Coverage...

In Kosnoski, et. al. v. Rogers, et. al., Case No. 13-0494 (2/18/14), the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently held that two different incidents of exposure to carbon monoxide poisoning arose from the same...more

Appellate Court Notes: Week of March 10

SC19095 - Edgerton v. Clinton / SC19095 Dissent - Edgerton v. Clinton - Town appealed a $12 million jury verdict when a volunteer fire fighter was sideswiped and then took off after the offending vehicle. He relayed to...more

New York Court of Appeals Sustains Delay in Disclaimer Based on Insured’s Lack of Cooperation

Will a New York court excuse an insurer’s delay in disclaiming coverage based on an insured’s failure to cooperate, when the facts confirm that it did so as soon as reasonably possible after it determined that the insured...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 18, 2014

Insurer Must Indemnify TCPA Settlement, Despite Lack of Involvement - Why it matters: In a closely watched case out of Illinois, an appellate court held that a $1.7 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer...more

Foreign Companies Dragged into U.S. Courts Get Reprieve as U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limits on General Jurisdiction

In Daimler AG v. Bauman, 571 U. S. ____ (Jan. 14, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated that general or “all-purpose” jurisdiction can be exercised over foreign corporations only “when their affilia­tions with the State...more

Yaiguaje v. Chevron: Blurring the Lines between Parents and Subsidiaries in Ontario

A recent ruling by Ontario’s highest court clarifying the law governing the enforcement of foreign judgments may turn Canada’s most populous province into an attractive forum for plaintiffs seeking to collect on judgments...more

What Defense Counsel Can Learn From The W.Va. Spill

For the companies and their lawyers, the headlines were awful and kept getting worse: 300,000 people suffering without drinking water; changes in corporate ownership just days before the chemical spill; and accusations that a...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - February 2014

In This Issue: - Indiana Bad Faith Ruling is Reminder that Resolution of Breach of Contract Claims in Favor of Insurer Does Not Necessarily Require Disposal of Tort-Based Bad Faith Claims - Fifth Circuit Court...more

The Construction Advantage

We hope you enjoy Bernstein Shur’s first edition of The Construction Advantage. This newsletter will provide you with insight into the current legal issues in construction, news and updates. We hope in this newsletter and...more

California Court Holds Food Truck Constitutes Mobile Equipment

In American States Insurance Company v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 74 (January 27, 2014), California’s Second Appellate District had occasion to consider whether a food truck...more

Slow Down, WA Court Taps the Brakes on Insurer’s Duty to Defend

On January 28, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals held that an insurer had no duty to defend a motorist under either his homeowners or auto insurance policies when the unambiguous allegations made against the insured...more

The Texas Supreme Court Issues a Liability-Coverage Decision Favorable to the Construction Industry

On January 17, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court resolved a long-debated controversy as to the scope of a contractual liability insurance exclusion in Ewing Construction Co. v. Amerisure Insurance Co. A contractual liability...more

Tennessee Court of Appeals Interprets Exclusionary Clause in Automobile Casualty Insurance Policy

Recently, the Tennessee Court of Appeals issued an opinion involving the interpretation of an exclusionary clause in an automobile casualty insurance company. In the case of Weed v. First Acceptance Insurance Company of...more

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