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Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

Illinois Court Outlines Elements to Consider for Good Faith Analysis of Settlement Demand

To settle or not to settle: that is the question for liability insurers. If you are pondering whether you must accept a plaintiff’s settlement offer, read on. A recent Illinois case, Huang v. Brenson, 7 N.E.3d 729 (Ill. App....more

“Related Acts” Reduce Insurer’s Exposure by Half

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that, under Minnesota law, multiple wrongful acts by a financial advisor to four plaintiffs are “interrelated” and “logically connected” within the meaning of the policy’s...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

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

New York Court of Appeals Sets Forth New Rule for Breach of Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in K2 Investment Group, LLP v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., 2013 N.Y. LEXIS 1461, 2013 NY Slip Op. 4270 (NY June 11, 2013), New York's Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court –...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Insured’s Efforts to Secure Independent Counsel

On October 15, 2012, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit – applying Texas law – addressed another Cumis counsel matter. See Coats, Rose, Yale, Ryman & Lee, P.C. v. Navigators Specialty Ins. Co., No....more

New York Court Addresses Impact of Allowing Insured to Default

The recent decision by New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., 2012 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 16 (Jan. 3, 2012) illustrates the dangers under New...more

Perception is Reality

Perception is Reality for legal teams. Capitalizing on a diverse legal team is important in the Twenty-first century. ...more

Tort Reform Won’t Address Huge Regional Disparities in Malpractice Insurance Fees

Physician groups and health insurers often blame excessive malpractice settlements for the high rates that doctors have to pay to obtain malpractice liability insurance. But a recent analysis indicates that regional...more

Professional Negligence for Realtors - A Rising Tide?

With the recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in Krawchuk v. Scherbak, it is becoming clear that the Courts are holding real estate professionals to a higher standard, given the reliance their clients place on their...more

The Network of Trial Law Firms Offers FREE Online CLE

Shouldn't CLE be free? Now it is, as The Network of Trial Law Firms today launched its TRIAL.COM Online CLE Center at www.TRIAL.COM/cle. The service is 100% free and attorneys watching the videos can qualify for CLE credit in...more

What is the Economic Rule and How Does it Effect Me on my North Carolina construction project?

When a construction project goes awry, who can you sue, and what theories are available to you? If you have a contract, you may not be able to sue under a negligence or "tort" theory because of the application of the...more

Audit Committee Annual Self Evaluation Form

Audit committee annual self evaluation form in Adobe allowing for information input....more

Life Insurance as a Creditor Protected Alternative to Cash - Asset Protection

This was featured in WORTH magazine and discusses the tactical use of special legal and insurance strategies as a creditor protected alternative to cash. Great for financial advisors, CPA's and estate and life insurance...more

Audit Committee Agenda April 1, 2009

Audit Committee Agenda updated April 1, 2009...more

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