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Florida Supreme Court Advises the Eleventh Circuit that A STOLI Policy Cannot Be Rescinded After the Contestability Period

The U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals certified 2 questions under Florida law to the Florida Supreme Court relating to 3 STOLI life insurance policies. The Florida Supreme Court rephrased (and conflated) the 2 questions...more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds that STOLI Challenges are Barred by Two-Year Contestability Clause

On September 22, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court issued an eagerly-awaited opinion in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Pruco Life Insurance Co. The Court held that Florida's two-year contestability statute applies to bar an...more

How Appraisal Protects Against Texas Insurance Code Abuse

Insurance practice in Texas has become somewhat rote. Typically, a petition is filed against both an insurance company (that is often not based or incorporated in Texas) and a local adjuster. In addition to a breach of...more

New York Court Confirms: Additional Insured Coverage Limited to Contractual Privity

On September 15, 2016, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department found that an additional insured endorsement provided additional insured coverage only to the entity in direct contractual privity with...more

UK Supreme Court: Fraud Trumps the Finality of Settlements

In a recent decision that can have equal application in the United States, the UK Supreme Court ruled that fraud trumps the public policy arguments of finality and encouragement of settlements....more

Don’t Let a Little Concealer Ruin Your Coverage Defenses

May an insurer in New York delay asserting (or conceal, according to Estee Lauder) a late notice defense without waiving it? According to the New York Court of Appeals a jury should decide whether the insurer manifested a...more

UnitedHealth Plan Holders Win Class Certification in ERISA Lawsuit

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted certain members of UnitedHealth health plans class certification in their suit alleging improper denial of benefits. Plaintiffs in the putative...more

6th Circuit “Stands” Up for Plaintiffs in Data Breach Suit

A recent decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals lowers the threshold for standing in data breach cases, giving data breach victims an easier path to sue the companies from which their data was stolen. Adam Frey...more

Court Compels Non-Signatory Affiliates, But Not Broker, To Arbitrate Premium Payment Dispute

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh brought a petition in a New York federal court, to compel nine related companies to arbitrate a payment dispute relating to certain policies of insurance issued to the...more

Court Upholds Cancellation for Failure to Exclude or Add Driver on Request as a “Substantial Increase in the Hazard Insured...

In Mills v. AAA Northern CA, NV and Utah Ins. Exch. (No. C072644, filed 9/20/16), a California appeals court held that an insurer’s cancellation of a personal auto policy was valid where based upon the insureds’ failure to...more

Court of Appeals Changes Calculation of Statute of Repose

Colorado law generally prohibits construction defect lawsuits against a construction professional brought “more than six years after the substantial completion of the improvement to the real property.” § 13-80-104, C.R.S....more

Louisiana Supreme Court Adopts Pro Rata Allocation of Defense Costs Among Insurers and Insured

On September 7, 2016, the Louisiana Supreme Court applied, for the first time, a pro rata allocation method to defense costs where commercial general liability policies provided coverage during a portion of the time of...more

"Collateral lies" do not necessarily undermine an insurance claim

An insured was not precluded from recovering under an insurance policy even though it had made a false statement during the claims process with a view to strengthening its claim. The Supreme Court in Versloot Dredging BV &...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending September 16, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Vacation of Subdivision Plats: boards of county commissioners have limited authority under Fla. Stat. sec. 177.101(3) to grant or deny platted property owner’s request for vacation of plat; if...more

Seventh Circuit Determines that Service-of-Suit Clauses Can Waive Statutory Right of Removal

Pine Top Receivables has returned to the published opinions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. We previously wrote about Pine Top’s successful attempt to compel arbitration with a Uruguayan company and the...more

Texas Appeals Court Denies Petition For A Writ Of Mandamus That Trial Court Erred In Denying Motion To Vacate Arbitration Panel’s...

A Texas appeals court denied a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Irving Drobny, on behalf of National Accident Insurance Group (“NAIG”) and National Accident Insurance Underwriters (“NAIU”) (collectively, “NAIU”),...more

Texas Courts' Consistent Inconsistency on Improper Joinders

Throughout the onslaught of the Texas hail litigation epidemic, policyholder lawyers and firms representing insurance carriers continue to battle over whether these cases belong in Texas state court or are more properly...more

Litigation Alert: The Sixth Circuit Recognizes Article III Standing in Data Breach Case Despite Absence of Identity Theft...

Last week, the Sixth Circuit held that allegations that personal information was stolen following a data breach was sufficient to confer Article III standing to sue to the affected individuals, even in the absence of...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Service Of Suit Clause In Reinsurance Treaties And Grants Cedent Absolute Right To Select Forum

Based on the plain and ordinary meaning of the service of suit clause, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals found a reinsurer waived its right of removal. The service of suit clause provided...more

Subcontractor Exception Torpedoes Insurers’ Defense To Faulty Workmanship Claim

As this blog has reported, a line of cases deciding coverage disputes over faulty workmanship runs against (or, at least, around) a basic rule for interpreting insurance policies. Under that rule, the scope of coverage is...more

Superior Court of Delaware Grants Motion for Summary Judgment Regarding Duty to Defend Under Wisconsin Law

The Complex Commercial Litigation Division of the Superior Court of Delaware recently held that Travelers Indemnity Company (“Travelers”) breached its duty to defend and indemnify plaintiff CNH Industrial America LLC (“CNH”)...more

Galaria v. Nationwide: Data Breach Plaintiffs Standing Strong in the Sixth

This week, in the first post-Spokeo circuit court decision to address standing in a data-breach class action, the Sixth Circuit joined the Seventh Circuit in holding that plaintiffs whose sensitive personal information has...more

New Jersey Court Confirms a PRP Letter Constitutes a “Suit” Triggering an Insurer’s Duty to Defend

A New Jersey Superior Court recently put to rest a tenuous coverage defense to which insurers stubbornly have clung in environmental coverage cases. The court held in Cooper Industries, LLC v. Employers Ins. of Wausau a...more

Texas Supreme Court to Decide Whether a Policyholder Can Recover Damages When The Carrier Does Not Breach the Policy

According to both the appellant and the appellee, the Texas Supreme Court already decided this issue. Each, of course, finds a different answer. Cause No., 14-0721, USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Gail Menchaca, in the Texas...more

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