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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

Illinois Supreme Court to Decide If Innocent Insured Doctrine Applies to Renewal Application

The concept behind the innocent insured doctrine is simple: where there are multiple insureds on an insurance policy, a breach by one does not necessarily eliminate coverage for those not personally involved in the breach....more

Summary Judgment In Favor Of Broker In Malpractice Case Reversed, Where Special Relationship With Insured May Have Existed

In a case involving alleged broker malpractice with respect to certain underinsured business interruption losses under a commercial property insurance policy, the New York high court reversed a lower appellate court’s...more

District Court Declines To Consolidate Disputes Arising Out Of Two Reinsurance Contracts

Plaintiff Georgia Casualty & Surety Company entered into two reinsurance contracts with Defendant Excalibur Reinsurance Corporation, formerly known as PMA Capital Insurance Company. Both reinsurance contracts contained...more

Illinois Court Holds Services Performed By Sub for Parent Comes Within E&O Policy

In its recent decision in Hilco Trading LLC v. Liberty Surplus Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS (Ill. 1s Mar. 17, 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois for had occasion to consider whether appraisals and evaluations prepared...more

Moss v Eagleston [2014] NSWSC 6

In Moss v Eagleston [2014] Mr Moss supplied information to Nationwide News Pty Ltd about his criminal background and association with Shapelle Corby. Mr Moss then sued Nationwide News, alleging they had breached a contractual...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

In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law

The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2014 WL 590662 (N.Y.), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 01102 (N.Y. Feb. 18, 2014), has vacated its own prior decision,...more

Connecticut High Court Clarifies Aggregate Limit and Number of SIRs Under Professional Liability Policy

On January 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of Connecticut, in Lexington Ins. Co. v. Lexington Healthcare Group, Inc., 311 Conn. 29, addressed three issues that define the extent of coverage available under a medical professional...more

Advocate’s Immunity Again

We recently reported on the New South Wales Supreme Court’s decision in Attwells v Jackson Lalic [2013] NSWSC 1510 in which the Court declined to strike out a claim against a solicitor on the grounds of immunity from suit....more

Financial Advisory Update

Novel theories by plaintiffs’ lawyers need to foster novel approaches by M&A lawyers. A number of recent cases highlight the increasing risks for financial advisors and the lawyers who represent them. Financial...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Dec 11, 2013

FEMA Clarifies Time Extension for Victims of Sandy - Why it matters: Given the unprecedented meteorological event known colloquially as “Superstorm Sandy,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency granted multiple...more

The Potential Pitfalls of Joint Representation

A recent California Court of Appeal opinion, Yanez v. Plummer, provides a cautionary tale for in-house counsel or outside attorneys who jointly represent their institutional client’s employees or agents in depositions. If...more

Washington Bars Insurers from Maintaining Legal Malpractice Suit Against Policyholder Defense Counsel

In Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Savings Bank, et al., Wash. No. 87087-0 (October 3, 2013), the Washington Supreme Court held that a nonclient insurer may not pursue a malpractice claim against appointed defense counsel...more

The Perils of In-House Counsel Simultaneously Representing Company and Employee

In Yanez v. Plummer (Nov. 5, 2013, C07026), the Third Appellate District issued an opinion highlighting the perils for an in-house lawyer who simultaneously represents the company and an employee. Union Pacific fired Michael...more

Employer’s Lawyer Who Defended Employee At Deposition May Be Liable To The Employee For Malpractice

Corporations may have free speech rights (Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (U.S. 2010)) but they can’t talk. Thus, any deposition testimony must come from the mouths of people who are the agents, employees and directors...more

Gotham Insurance Company Finds Dark Knight

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida recently entered summary judgment in favor of Gotham Insurance Company (“Gotham”), finding no coverage for a substantial default judgment entered against its...more

Hospitals & Medical Staff Take Notice: HCQIA Immunity Is Not Given, It's Earned.

The Healthcare Quality Improvement Act of 1986 ("HCQIA") is a federal law enacted to establish a national tracking system of healthcare practitioners with a history of medical malpractice payments or adverse actions. A...more

Florida Court Holds Contract Claim Does Not Trigger E&O Policy

In its recent decision in Public Risk Mgmt. of Fla. v. One Beacon Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150091 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 18, 2013), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- Oct 18, 2013

New York Court Rules That Conflict Between Exclusion and Grant of Coverage Created Ambiguity in Exclusion Requiring Trial - Why it matters: In a coverage dispute arising out of the Madoff debacle, a financial bond...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners and factors a firm’s managing partner should consider before and...more

Supreme Court of Washington Holds Carrier Cannot Sue Defense Counsel

In its recent decision in Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Sav. Bank, 2013 Wash. LEXIS 769 (Wash. Oct. 3, 2013), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to consider whether an insurer can pursue a malpractice action...more

Texas Court Holds No Duty to Defend Under Mortgage Broker E&O Policy

In its recent decision in AXIS Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Halo Asset Management, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139065 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 27, 2013), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas had occasion...more

Act Professional

A recurring risk for licensed professionals remains the threat of liability claims arising from their work. Given the nature of the professional's practice, the claims are complex and costly, regardless of their merit....more

Illinois Court Addresses Distinction Between Claim and Potential Claim

In its recent decision in Lexington Ins. Co. v. Horace Mann Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127544 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 4, 2013), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had occasion to consider...more

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