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

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

Court Allows Retired President to Pursue Claim of Contract for Lifetime Pay and Benefits Against University

On February 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky ordered that the former President of the University of the Cumberlands, Dr. James Taylor, may proceed on his claims that the University failed...more

South Carolina court says 'NO' to employee's claims against Boeing

Employees and their counsel have been very aggressive in attempting to couch employment claims as state-law matters and filing claims in state court instead of federal court to try to avoid the federal judiciary. For various...more

Contractor not liable following tunnel collapse

A recent Scottish case absolved a contractor from liability for the collapse of a tunnel as part of a hydroelectric scheme. This was because the contractor exercised reasonable skill and care, and did not guarantee the...more

CPP Disability Benefits: To Deduct or Not to Deduct

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 B.

A vehicle owned by the insured or spouse, if insured, may be an “uninsured automobile” when taken without consent and therefore may be entitled to coverage under the O.P.C.F. 44R Endorsement as an “inadequately insured...more

UK Court Considers Whether Later Conduct Stemming From A Loss Event Should Be Considered A Loss Under An Excess Of Loss...

This case considers an appeal against an arbitration award concerning whether health claims from persons involved in cleaning up the 9/11 World Trade Center site should be considered to be multiple claims or should be...more

Trial Court Slips And Falls In Granting Motion For New Trial

On October 21, 2016, Florida’s Second DCA issued a decision in a slip-and-fall case against Wal-Mart that found the trial court erred when it set aside the jury verdict and granted Plaintiff’s motion for new trial on the...more

Oklahoma District Court Denies Motion To Stay Action During Defendant’s Insurer’s California Conservation Proceedings

This case involved a personal injury negligence action brought by plaintiffs Cameron David and Shelby Gladd against defendants Satnam Singh and his employer Landmark Logistics, Inc. (“Landmark”) in Oklahoma federal court....more

Southern District Refuses to Remand Unremovable Case

On September 21, 2016, a District judge in the Southern District of Florida denied a plaintiff’s motion to remand a case removed from state court, despite finding a valid basis for remand. In Goldstein v. GFS Market Realty,...more

Are Waivers of Liability Enforceable in New York?

We have probably all seen them in the “fine print” at one time or another: waivers of liability, injury waivers, or pre-injury clauses we have to sign before taking part in some type of activity. Waivers of liability have...more

Non-delegable duties of architects and main contractors in construction claims - A case study of MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik...

In MCST Plan No. 3322 v Tiong Aik Construction Pte Ltd and Another [2016] SGCA 40, the Singapore Court of Appeal (CA) held that architects and main contractors are not subject to a non-delegable duty in tort to ensure that...more

The Totality of Circumstances Test Used to Determine Foreseeability of Criminal Act

Unfortunately, criminal activity occurs at many retail and hospitality establishments. When a patron is attacked and suffers injury, the patron often looks to the establishment for compensation. The determination of whether...more

M.D. Pa. Finds No Specific Personal Jurisdiction over Parent Company

Not all personal jurisdiction cases coming out of Pennsylvania are bad. To be sure, an ED Pa judge’s recent embrace of the consent theory to get around Bauman was bad news – almost as bad as Philadelphia 76ers soon-to-be...more

Litigation Funding Contract Invalidated as Champertous in Pennsylvania

This post does not involve a drug/device case – or even a tort case - but counsel worried about potentially abusive litigation funding should take a look at WFIC, LLC v. Labarre, ___ A.3d ___, 2016 WL 4769436 (Pa. Super....more

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Jurisdiction Over Manufacturers

The Colorado Supreme Court has joined a number of other federal and state courts in limiting the extent to which product manufacturers can be subjected to a state’s general personal jurisdiction, even when the manufacturer's...more

Hotel California Stays Open: Another Look At Specific Jurisdiction in BMS

Recently, we offered a detailed breaking news post about how the California Supreme Court had messed up its jurisdictional analysis in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court, — P.3d — (Ca. 2016), even worse than the...more

Mississippi Court Rejects Expansive Reading of Oral Construction Contracts

In McKean, et. al. v. Yates Engineering, 2015 Miss. App. LEXIS 446 (2015), the Court of Appeals of Mississippi affirmed the Circuit Court’s dismissal of four (4) plaintiffs’ personal injury claims stemming from the collapse...more

Third Circuit Dismissal Affirmance Based on Economic Loss Doctrine Shows Spokeo Shouldn’t Be Your Only Data Breach Class Action...

While the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Spokeo v. Robins, 136 S. Ct. 1540 (2016), has garnered much attention after being cited by numerous courts as a means to dismiss data privacy class actions, defendants should...more

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… uh oh… a Super Lien!

Liability insurers have always gnashed teeth over the dreaded “super lien” – aka a lien asserted by Medicare for treatment expenses where the patient is reimbursed through a settlement obtained in personal injury litigation....more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19248 - Western Dermatology Consultants, P.C. v. VitalWorks, Inc. - This decision partially upheld an Appellate Court decision I previously summarized for you where a...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

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

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

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