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CGL’s “pollution exclusion” applies to “harsh soaps”: Oregon federal court

The latest round in the fight over the CGL’s “pollution exclusion” — which well-respected commentator Craig F. Stanovich has called “one of the least understood and most litigated portions” of the CGL — went to the insurance...more

Pennsylvania Appellate Court Denies Petition To Transfer Structured Settlement Involving LHWCA

Relying on Federal Court precedent, a Pennsylvania intermediate appellate court resolved whether the plain language of Section 916 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) prohibits the assignment of...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 24, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Condition Precedent: servicer did not meet its burden of proving it satisfied condition precedent of giving notice of acceleration by failing to provide evidence that notice letter had...more

Cannabis Insurance Presents Tough Choices

The unique financial headaches of running a cannabis business are well known. My colleague recently posted a terrific piece here regarding some of the banking-related pitfalls facing cannabis businesses and some of the...more

What to Expect from New York’s New Cybersecurity Regulations

The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (NYDFS) cybersecurity regulations went into effect March 1, 2017. Touted by the NYDFS as the “first in the nation” comprehensive cybersecurity regulation, the new rules...more

Mortgage Insurance and the Federal Homeowners Protection Act: HAMP Modification Is Not Like Refinancing

A recent Third Circuit decision offers a cautionary tale for mortgage lenders who provide loan modifications subject to the Homeowners Protection Act. In Fried v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., No. 16-3069 (3d Cir. March 9, 2017),...more

Eleventh Circuit Looks To Alabama’s Doctrine Of “Intertwining” To Determine Non-Signatory Cannot Be Compelled To Arbitrate

Under Alabama law, “arbitration may be compelled under the doctrine of ‘intertwining’ where arbitrable and nonarbitrable claims are so closely related that the party to a controversy subject to arbitration is equitably...more

Have You Noticed the Increase in Food Recalls?

Almost every day, the FDA announces a new recall or safety alert for a potentially dangerous food. Earlier this month, Trader Joe’s recalled some SKUs of apple sauce due to complaints that they may contain small pieces of...more

The importance of aggregation clauses in professional clauses in professional indemnity insurance policies

UK Supreme Court clarifies effect of aggregation wording: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman - In a long awaited judgment, which will affect all organisations with professional indemnity insurance, the Supreme Court has...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules that an Insurer Can Depreciate Labor in Determining Actual Cash Value

Property policies typically provide, if there is coverage, that the insured can recover for the costs to repair or replace the property damaged by loss. But when an insured does not repair or replace the damaged property (or...more

The Treasury Committee inquiry into EU insurance regulation – what have we learned so far?

To supplement its work on the relationship that the UK might seek to have with the EU following Brexit, the Treasury Committee of the House of Commons established in September 2016 an inquiry into EU insurance...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds No Coverage for Contempt Proceedings under Lloyd's Professional Liability Insurance Policy

In Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. v. Prosight-Syndicate 1110 at Lloyd’s, United States No. 15-12399, 2017 WL 586450 (11th Cir., February 14, 2017) the insured law firm sought to recover legal fees and costs incurred...more

UK: AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court overturned the Court of Appeal’s judgment in AIG Europe Limited v Woodman and others UKSC 2016/0100, ruling on how claims arising from similar acts or omissions in a series of related...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Communications With Your Broker May Be Privileged

Are communications among a client, a third party, such as an insurance broker, and the client’s attorney privileged? The answer is yes, if the communications are confidential and reasonably necessary to accomplish the purpose...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Policyholder Right to Sue Recalcitrant Excess Insurer

A new opinion published on March 21, 2017 from the Ninth Circuit (Teleflex Medical Inc. v National Union, Case no 14-56366 ) affirmed a $6+ M judgment against AIG subsidiary National Union, who was excess a primary policy...more

New Indiana Insurance Department Bulletin Changes TPA Licensing and TPA Renewals

A recent Indiana Department of Insurance Bulletin announces a change regarding how the Department will issue initial third party administrator licenses and renew existing licenses for nonresident third party administrators in...more

New York Regulations Heighten Need for Due Diligence and Cyber Insurance Coverage

Cybersecurity rules from the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) went into effect on March 1 and now banks and insurers are faced with an increasing level of potential legal exposure for data breaches. This...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court adopts narrow interpretations of surface water exclusion and ensuing loss clause

In the Ridgewood Group LLC v Millers Capital Insurance Company, No. 1138 EDA 2016, February 27, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania analyzed two often troublesome policy provisions, the surface water exclusion and the...more

A time of change: Global Insurance Summit - February 2017

We welcomed over 100 clients to our Global Insurance Summit last month. They gathered, in the heart of the City of London, to hear from industry leaders, academics and new market players. The discussions centred around the...more

Texas Appellate Court Reverses Award of Extracontractual Damages Holding Evidence was Legally Insufficient to Support Jury’s Bad...

State Farm Lloyds v. Webb, No. 09-15-00408-CV, 2017 WL 927848 (Tex. Ct. App. Mar. 9, 2017) - After State Farm denied his claim for damages he contended were caused by a plumbing leak, Dennis Webb sued State Farm for,...more

8th Circuit Denies UIM Coverage Again Based Upon Mo. Supreme Court Decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company

For a third time in four years, the 8th Circuit has denied UIM coverage to an insured based upon the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. General Accident Insurance Company of America, 808 S.W.2d 379 (Mo. banc...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurance Carrier Responsible In Georgia For Harm Caused by Intoxicated Employee

In a recent Eleventh Circuit opinion, the Court found that the insurance carrier was responsible, under Georgia law, for the harm caused by an intoxicated employee’s vehicle usage. Great American Alliance Ins. Co. v....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending March 10 & 17, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Coequal Liens: trial court properly authorized tax collector to issue tax certificates subject to community development district’s assessment liens – Villages of Avignon Community Dev. Dist. v....more

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