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September 2015: Product Liability Litigation Update

Ninth Circuit Restricts Scope of CAFA’s “Local Single Event” Exception. In Allen v. Boeing Co., 784 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 2015), the Ninth Circuit recently held that a case did not fall within the Class Action Fairness Act’s...more

Reports of the Death of SB800 are Greatly Exaggerated – The Court of Appeal Revives Mandatory SB800 Procedures

In a 20 page opinion, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth District repudiated the holding of Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. v. Brookfield Crystal Cove, LLC (2013) 219 Cal.App.4th 98 (“Liberty Mutual”), and held that plaintiffs in...more

Claims for Defective Solar Panels Are Covered by CGL Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging the panels are defective and need to be replaced. As will be explained below, these kinds of claims are covered by general...more

Is Laminate Flooring The New Drywall For Insurers?

Recent media reports alleging that certain laminate flooring manufactured in China and distributed in the U.S. contains unsafe levels of formaldehyde may have a familiar and frightening ring to them, particularly for insurers...more

Florida Insurance Law: 2014 Year in Review

This past year brought a number of important insurance decisions in Florida, some favorable to insurers and others that reaffirm the challenges for insurers litigating in Florida. For example, after a broad statutory...more

Here Comes the Sun…

Manufacturers and Installers of Solar Panels Face Unique Risks from Residential House Fires - House fires have always been a major source of product liability litigation in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Right to Construction Defect Remedies Involving Residential Units with Previously Occupied Spaces

In Oxbow Constr., LLC v. Eight Judicial Dist. Ct., 2014 Nev. LEXIS 109, 130 Nev. Adv. Rep. 86 (Nev. Oct. 16, 2014), the Nevada Supreme Court considered issues regarding class-action certification and the availability of...more

Federal Court Rejects Controversial Attempt To Expand Class Action Liability

In a putative class action in federal court, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey quickly put to rest a controversial theory advanced by the plaintiffs to allow them to sue defendants who admittedly caused...more

Indiana: New Home Warranties Must Be Insured

When faced with a subrogation loss involving a new or fairly new house, and a potential construction defect that caused the loss, one of the first things to look for is how warranties can help or hurt your case. Did the...more

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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

Wisconsin Supreme Court Declares No Vacancy for Insured in Asbestos Coverage Dispute

In Phillips, et al. v. Parmelee, et al., – N.W.2d –, 2013 WL 6818145 (Wis. Dec. 27, 2013), the Supreme Court of Wisconsin affirmed trial and appellate court decisions in favor of an insurer arguing that an asbestos exclusion...more

Lead Paint Companies Hit With Billion Dollar Judgment in California Public Nuisance Case

In a decision with potentially far-reaching impacts, a California state court has ordered three major paint companies to pay $1.15 billion to clean up lead paint in homes throughout California. People v. Atlantic Richfield...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Florida Supreme Court Eliminates The Contractual Economic Loss Rule

Contracts are an integral part of every company’s daily life. ...more

Economic Loss Rule Now Applies Only in the Products Liability Context

Upon emphasizing and reaffirming its concern with the over-expansion of the economic loss rule, the Supreme Court of Florida recently rendered a decision in Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Co., Inc....more

Economic Loss Rule Now Applies Only in the Products Liability Context

Upon emphasizing and reaffirming its concern with the over-expansion of the economic loss rule, the Supreme Court of Florida recently rendered a decision in Tiara Condominium Ass’n, Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Co., Inc....more

Drowning in a Sea of Tort: The Florida Supreme Court Reels in the Economic Loss Rule

On March 7, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court in Tiara Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. expressly limited the application of the economic loss rule to products liability cases. 2013 WL 828003 (Fla....more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Drywall Claims Arose Out of Single Occurrence

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Devon International, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20659 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying Pennsylvania law,...more

New Jersey Judiciary Narrows Applicability of Statute of Repose to Manufacturers of Products That Are Utilized in Improvements to...

New Jersey’s Appellate Division clarified the role of the New Jersey Statute of Repose, N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1.1 (the Statute of Repose), as it pertains to manufacturers of products that are utilized in improvements to real...more

Condominium Developer Cannot Enforce CC&R's After Selling All Units: Promenade at Playa Vista Homeowners Association v. Western...

This month the Second District Court of Appeal concluded that the developer of a condominium complex lacked standing to enforce the declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R's) after it had sold all the...more

Tackling Pollution Exclusions To Chinese Drywall Claims

Originally published in Insurance Law360 - November 8, 2011. Federal and state courts in Virginia, Florida, and Louisiana have now published at least twenty-one rulings on insurance coverage actions related to Chinese...more

Sulfide Gases From Chinese Drywall Deemed Pollution for Which There Is No Coverage

The court in Nationwide Mutual Ins. Co. v. Overlook, LLC, ___ F. Supp.2d ___, 2011 WL 1988396 (E.D. Va. May 13, 2011) ruled that a pollution exclusion barred coverage for a lawsuit arising from a developer’s installation of...more

Insurance Law Update - Negligent Design and Construction Is Not an Occurrence of Property Damage - February 2011

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit In VRV Development L.P.v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., ___ F.3d ___, 2011 WL 48897 (5th Cir. (Tex.) January 7, 2011), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that negligent design and...more

Insurance Law Update - South Carolina Attempts to Clean Up the ‘Intellectual Mess’ Over the Meaning of ‘Occurrence’ in...

Supreme Court of South Carolina In Crossmann Communities of North Carolina, Inc. v. Harleysville Mut. Ins. Co., ___ S.E. 2d ___, 2011 WL 93716 (S.C. January 7, 2011), the Supreme Court of South Carolina held that there is...more

Louisiana Federal Court Finds There Is No First Party Property Coverage for Homeowners' Chinese Drywall Claims

In In re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, 2010 WL 5288032 (E.D. La. Dec. 16, 2010), a federal court in Louisiana overseeing the Chinese drywall multi-district litigation issued an order dismissing...more

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