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Expect tort potholes for self-driving cars

While self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce auto accidents and injuries, autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles do not fit neatly into the current motor vehicle and insurance regulatory regimes....more

The Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Not Be That “Absolute”

The Absolute Pollution Exclusion (“APE”) contained in current general liability insurance policies excludes coverage for costs related to the cleanup of environmental pollution. Insurance companies have taken the position...more

No Coverage Under Aviation Policies Where Product Was Not Used in Connection With Aircraft or Aviation Operations

Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division - A New Jersey appellate court affirmed an order granting summary judgment, stating that the insurer owed no duty to defend or indemnify its insured in a personal injury...more

Driverless Cars For Consumers Are A Fast Approaching Reality, But Who Is Liable When Accidents Happen?

Google had lead the push to develop driverless cars and has made great strides in making them a reality on our streets. As driverless cars are already on the roads of many cities across Florida it has become clear the...more

New York Appeals Court Sustains Asbestos Plaintiffs’ Direct Suit against Liability Insurer of Dissolved Corporate Defendant

Can an asbestos bodily injury plaintiff directly sue the liability insurer of a dissolved corporate defendant? Yes, said New York’s Appellate Division, First Department – under certain circumstances. The court’s decision came...more

Subrogation Alert - Hodges v. Federal-Mogul Corporation

A recently-published decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia should be expected to have an immediate impact on the use of expert testimony in subrogation cases in that region. The case,...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Finds Coverage Under CGL Policy For Product Defect Claims

Policyholders seeking defense costs for products liability claims received welcome support from a Pennsylvania appellate court which rejected an excessively restrictive view of the scope of coverage offered under commercial...more

Eleventh Circuit Recognizes Important Exception to the Eight Corners Rule

Florida courts generally adhere to the Eight Corners Rule when determining whether an insurer has a duty to defend its insured. Under this rule, the duty to defend determination is made by looking only at the terms within...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Suit Alleging Drug Distributor Was a “Pill Mill” Requires Defense - Why it matters: A Kentucky federal court held that the claimed impact in a suit brought by the West Virginia Attorney General – alleging that...more

Florida High Court Liberally Construes Self-Insured Retention Endorsement

On February 6, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court took a liberal view of self-insured retentions (SIRs) and held that an insured can apply indemnification payments from a third party to satisfy its SIR under a general liability...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

Dissolved Corporations in Delaware Retain Immortality and Liability

The Supreme Court of Delaware recently ruled that asbestos claimants can pursue their personal injury claims against dissolved corporations if the dissolved corporations have undistributed “property,” including unexhausted...more

Fingers Point to Different Defendants in Asiana Airlines Plane Crash

David McMahon, who represents insurers in litigation resulting from natural disasters and product liability lawsuits against the airline and cruise industry, was interviewed for an Aug. 6, 2013, Claims Journal article,...more

BOOK REVIEW: An Excellent Resource for Litigators Preparing for Depositions

This Book Review by Northeastern Pennsylvania insurance defense attorney of the Scranton, PA law firm of Foley, Comerford & Cummins appeared in the July 2013 edition of the Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine. The review analyzes...more

Historical Tort System Claim Values Cannot Be Reduced By "Nuisance" Settlements and "Implicit Defense Costs" To Determine Present...

Delaware Bankruptcy Judge Judith Fitzgerald in the bankruptcies of Specialty Products Holding Corp. (a/k/a RPM, Inc.) and Bondex International, Inc. rejected the Debtors’ “novel” claim estimation approach that reduced from...more

California Court Addresses Horizontal Exhaustion Requirement

In the recent decision Kaiser Cement & Gypsum Corp. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 269 (2nd Dist. April 8, 2013), the California Court of Appeal considered whether horizontal or...more

California Court of Appeal Again Finds No Stacking of Liability Policy Limits

Nearly two years ago, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District issued a decision that upheld the concept of horizontal exhaustion of primary liability policy limits before triggering the obligation of...more

Illinois Appeals Court Reaffirms Zurich v. Raymark, Strengthens All Sums Precedent Under Illinois Law

In a significant victory for policyholders, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a trial court decision that John Crane, Inc. (“Crane”) had no excess coverage for asbestos bodily injury claims. By so ruling, the appeals...more

A Maze of Uncertainty: Pennsylvania Products Liability Law Remains in a Confusing State of Flux

Attorney Daniel E. Cummins of the Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania insurance defense firm, Foley, Comerford & Cummins provides this detailed analysis of the current state of Pennsylvania Products Liability Law. ...more

Gilbert LLP Convinces Sixth Circuit to Rule in Favor of Asbestos-Containing product Manufacturer-Policyholders

Comprehensive general liability policies limit the amount the insurer has to pay for each “occurrence”, which is typically defined as an “accident” or “exposure to [injurious] conditions”. Insurers and policyholders...more

Practical Implications Of Howell v. Hamilton Meat

The collateral source rule in a personal injury action or tort claim generally prevents the admission of evidence that the plaintiff will be compensated from a source other than the defendant for his/her injuries. This rule...more

Florida Court Allows Extrinsic Facts for Determining Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Composite Structures, Inc. v. Cont'l Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147320 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 12, 2012), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida considered if and when an...more

Insurance Coverage for Food and Beverage Contamination

Damages owed from illness and death claims resulting from actual or alleged food and beverage contamination, along with the cost of recalls of potentially contaminated products, present serious financial risk to companies...more

Florida Court Finds No Coverage for Chinese Drywall Claim

In its recent decision in First Specialty Insurance Corp. v. Milton Construction Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97972 (S.D. Fla. July 16, 2012), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion...more

Appellate Division Rules That, Under New York Law, Multiple Asbestos Claims May Constitute a Single Occurrence if Insurance...

Five years ago, the New York Court of Appeals held in Appalachian Insurance Company v. General Electric Company, 8 N.Y.3d 162, 831 N.Y.S.2d 742 (2007) (“Appalachian”), that asbestos claims against a policyholder constituted...more

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