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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

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

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

New York’s Highest Court Rappels Down From Possible Major Shift in Insurance Law in K2 Decision

Today, the New York Court of Appeals elected to adhere to precedent in holding that an insurer is indeed allowed to rely on its policy exclusions when faced with a request for indemnity, even if the insurer was not correct in...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

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

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

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

A Huge Win for Your Right to Privacy!

On July 1st, Dana Brooks and Jimmy Fasig filed a complaint in the Northern District Federal Court asking the court to find unconstitutional a newly enacted Florida Statute that allows insurance companies and their attorneys...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

Insurance Recovery Law - Aug 20, 2013

Win Some, Learn From Another - The cases discussed in this week’s edition of the newsletter present some wins for policyholders as well as some lessons. First, the California Supreme Court ruled that insureds...more

Managing Professional Liability Litigation Against Accounting Firms (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a three-part series discussing the basic components of a professional liability lawsuit brought against an accounting firm and its partners, and the factors a firm’s managing partner should consider before...more

Florida Legislature Reforms Medical Malpractice Laws

Effective July 1, 2013, the Florida Senate passed legislation that clarifies when a non-defendant physician may retain legal representation when called as a witness and limited who may qualify as an expert witness in medical...more

Who Do You Represent? Pitfalls and Perils of Representing an Organization

Introduction - In almost every long term care case, as well as other types of medical negligence cases, one or more of the defendants is some form of legal entity, usually a corporation. ...more

When Can Insurance Companies Sue Their Coverage Lawyers?

Insurance coverage lawyers are sometimes called upon to serve as expert witnesses on the standards of practice applicable to coverage attorneys engaged by insurers to provide coverage advice. ...more

Reinsurance Redux - May 2013

In This Issue: - District of New Jersey Stays Medical Malpractice Suit Pending Arbitration: Finding that a dispute between a medical malpractice insurer and a reinsurance underwriter fell squarely within the...more

Seventh Circuit Decision in Koransky Bouwer Enforces Professional Liability Reporting Requirements

Earlier this month, the 7th Circuit affirmed a district court order that held an insurer properly denied coverage to the insured law firm based on its failure to comply with the reporting requirements under its claims-made...more

Appellate Notes: Week of April 1, 2013

In This Issue: - AC33703 - Sigular v. Gilson - AC33557 - Filippelli v. Saint Mary’s Hospital - AC34524 - Capel v. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corp. - AC34221 - Nichols v. The Milford Pediatric...more

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? Illinois Appellate Court Holds Attorney’s Ethical Obligations Trump Professional Liability...

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court considered whether a professional liability insurer can deny a defense to its insured, an attorney who admits he erred in providing legal services. Ill. State Bar...more

11th Circuit Addresses Late Notice and Related Claims

In its recent decision in Sharp Realty & Mgmt. v. Capitol Specialty Ins. Corp., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 243 (11th Cir. Jan. 4, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Alabama law, considered...more

Gross Negligence Coverage in the Province of Quebec: Disagreement within the Court of Appeal

Earlier this year, the Quebec Court of Appeal rendered two decisions addressing the issue of gross negligence coverage in insurance law. These decisions offer two contradictory conclusions as to the validity of exclusion...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Insurer’s Right to Appoint Defense Counsel in Legal Malpractice Case

In Coats Rose Yale Ryman & Lee PC v. Navigators Specialty Insurance Co., 2012 WL 4858194 (5th Cir. October 15, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court’s grant of summary judgment to...more

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