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General Contractor’s Excess Insurer Denied Equitable Contribution From Subcontractor’s Excess Insurer

In Advent v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., etc. (No. H041934 filed 12/6/16), a California appeals court refused to order a subcontractor’s excess insurer to contribute to a general contractor’s excess insurer because the...more

Recipient Of Arbitration Award In Reinsurance Dispute Permitted Discovery Of Funds Withheld Account

Plaintiffs secured an interim arbitration award in the amount of $7.8 million, plus interest, in what the court described as a complex insurance/reinsurance program. Seeking to collect on the award, plaintiffs served a...more

UK Court Considers Whether Later Conduct Stemming From A Loss Event Should Be Considered A Loss Under An Excess Of Loss...

This case considers an appeal against an arbitration award concerning whether health claims from persons involved in cleaning up the 9/11 World Trade Center site should be considered to be multiple claims or should be...more

Competing Causes of Loss: Florida Supreme Court Issues Decision Applying The Concurrent Causation Doctrine

We have discussed on a number of occasions the issue of causation when there are multiple causes of loss, some covered and some not covered. Most jurisdictions apply what is known as the efficient proximate cause analysis...more

Reinsurance Arbitration Award Stands In Face Of Challenges To Rationality And Impartiality Of Decision

Yosemite Insurance Co. (“Yosemite”) lost its challenge to an arbitration award that found Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. (“Nationwide”) was not required to cover a share of Yosemite’s settlement with the State of California...more

Claim for Failure to Reimburse Reasonable Business Expenses Not Barred by EPL Policy’s Wage and Hour Exclusion

Don’t be too surprised if you see a “wage and hour” exclusion in your employment practices liability insurance policy, especially if you have employees in California. While these exclusions purport to bar coverage for claims...more

Arbitration Clause In Body Of Reinsurance Agreement Governs Over Provision In Endorsement

In a dispute between First Mutual, a ceding company, and its reinsurer, Infrassure, over which of two competing arbitration clauses in a reinsurance contract governed, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in...more

Hurricane Sandy, Flood, and Sewer Backup: New Jersey Federal Court Confirms Anti-Concurrent Causation Bars Insured’s Claim

As we have written about before on this blog, the water damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 gave rise to important questions concerning the applicability of so-called “anti-concurrent causation” clauses. Such was...more

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v....more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 18 & 25, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Settlement/Waiver: borrowers permitted to raise affirmative defenses and counterclaims against lender where subject Loan Modification Agreement failed to include waiver of claims, affirmative...more

Ask the Public Adjustor: Covering Life with Wisdom*

Dear Public Adjustor: I’m often proud of my dad, like when he stood up to the PTA about The Catcher in the Rye. But lately he has me worried. He’s sacrificed an entire season’s corn crop to build a ballfield in the...more

Lessons Learned in London

Earlier this month, I spent a week in the birthplace of D&O insurance, London. In addition to moderating a panel at Advisen’s European Executive Risks Insights Conference, I met with many energetic and talented D&O insurance...more

Recent Regulatory Actions Against TPAs

Recently, two state insurance departments took action against third party administrators in their respective states based on their failure to be properly licensed. These regulatory actions demonstrate the importance for TPAs...more

Court Upholds Prior Ruling That Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement Were Not Void

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliate entities, alleging that the “EquityComp” workers’...more

Is the Owner-Manager of your Vendor your “Employee?” - Expansion of Coverage: North Carolina Crime Coverage Part: Embezzlement Is...

On November 14, 2014, the Eastern District of North Carolina entered summary judgment in favor of an insured seeking coverage for embezzlement for actions by owners of a vendor. Colony Tire Corp. v. Fed. Ins. Co., No. 2:15 CV...more

How Concerned Should Insurers be About Punitive Damages in California?

The California Court of Appeal recently published another opinion about the Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance case. The court held to its maximum 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory-damages ratio and analyzed whether this...more

Third Circuit Reverses Order Denying Arbitration, Ruling That State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Of Insurance Matters Challenged...

Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company appealed from the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in a dispute related to a reinsurance participation contract with South Jersey Sanitation Company. The trial...more

The New Insurance Act: What GCs Need to Know and Do

We recently hosted a round table discussion on the new Insurance Act which addressed: - How the law has changed and how it will affect your organisation - What practical changes are needed to ensure compliance with the...more

Know Your Cyber Insurance Gaps Before a Breach Hits

Data breaches are on the rise throughout the business sector, including the hospitality industry. In 2015, in California alone, there were approximately 178 reported breaches that compromised 24 million records,...more

President-elect Trump's potential priorities for insurance regulation

Apart from a fundamental disagreement between the parties as to whether the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") should be repealed and replaced, insurance regulatory issues did not play a large role in the Presidential campaign. That...more

Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co.

The Florida Supreme Court’s opinion in Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co. is important for two reasons: It modifies the allowable use of a presumption established in Florida’s statutory sinkhole scheme; and it explains, and perhaps...more

Oklahoma District Court Denies Motion To Stay Action During Defendant’s Insurer’s California Conservation Proceedings

This case involved a personal injury negligence action brought by plaintiffs Cameron David and Shelby Gladd against defendants Satnam Singh and his employer Landmark Logistics, Inc. (“Landmark”) in Oklahoma federal court....more

Fifth Circuit affirms $34 million verdict against legal malpractice carrier — exclusion, read literally, “renders the coverage...

Readers of Law360 may recall a 2014 story about a Texas jury that rendered a $34 million dollar verdict against OneBeacon Insurance Company. According to Law360, the Jury found that OneBeacon “knowingly failed to attempt, in...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Denial Of Motion To Compel Arbitration

Applying Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined the parties did not have an agreement to arbitrate because, even though their excess/reinsurance agreement contained “follow form” language, and the...more

DFS Cyber Regulation: Changing the Rules – An Interview with Bay Dynamics’ Steven Grossman

As part of Patterson Belknap’s continuing focus on the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed cybersecurity regulation, we sat down with Steven Grossman, VP Strategy & Enablement at Bay Dynamics, a cyber...more

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