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Connecticut Appellate Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Coverage for Asbestos Liabilities

Manufacturers with asbestos liabilities should pay attention to the March 7, 2017, ruling in R.T. Vanderbilt Company v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company by the Connecticut Appellate Court. While the court issued...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - February 2016

INSURANCE; BAD FAITH; GENUINE DISPUTE DOCTRINE - Paslay v. State Farm General Insurance Co. (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 639 203 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 - FACTS: State Farm issued a homeowners policy to Paslay, the...more

Contaminated Product Insurance Policy Held Void Due To Insured’s Misrepresentations

A federal appeals court recently held void a product contamination policy issued to H.J. Heinz Company on the basis that Heinz failed to disclose previous contamination claims on its insurance application. In 2014, Heinz...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Operators Should Implement Their Document Retention Policies And Protect Against Future Asbestos Claims

As far as contamination concerns go, asbestos-containing materials (ACM) are generally way down the list of issues at a shutdown coal plant. You hire certified contractors, bag the ACM and dispose of it in approved landfills....more

Insurance Policyholders Required to Provide Notice of Claims and Settlements Says Sixth Circuit

Running counter to the national trend to require insurers to show prejudice before they can void their insurance obligations due to allegedly late notice, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently strictly...more

Preparing for the Unexpected with Product Recall Insurance

Companies often incur substantial costs implementing and responding to product recalls. A children's product recall might include any of the following costs, among others...more

[Webinar] Insurance Coverage Issues, Challenging Damages in High Exposure Cases, A Humorous History of Asbestos Litigation, and...

This Webinar will cover four topics that include Insurance Coverage Issues, Challenging Damages in High Exposure, A Humorous History of Asbestos Litigation, and a California Case Law update....more

The Recall Button Doesn't Have to Be a Panic Button

In recent years, the food industry has experienced a dramatic increase in recalls, withdrawals and contamination events. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requested or monitored...more

Latest Cyber Attack a Wake-up Call: What are your company’s IoT exposures?

The Internet of Things gives rise to many risks and exposures that companies and their insurers were not thinking about as recently as a couple years ago, and probably aren’t fully cognizant of today....more

Supply Chain Agreements [Video]

In this video, McNees attorney Peter F. Kriete recaps three recent food recalls as well as the new Senate Bill 764 that will require the USDA to develop label regulations on certain food and beverages. Mr. Kriete also lays...more

The Impact of the Smart Home Revolution on Product Liability and Fire Cause Determinations

The concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) has existed for more than 15 years. Technology pioneer Kevin Ashton is widely credited with coining the term in 1999 to describe the connection of physical objects to the internet...more

California Supreme Court Invites Suits against Defendants Doing Any Business in California

In a hotly contested 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company v. The Superior Court of San Francisco County, 2016 WL 4506107 greatly expanded the concept of specific jurisdiction to allow a...more

Contaminated Flour – Is Nothing Sacred?

As of August 1, 2016, General Mills had voluntarily recalled some 45 million pounds of several types of raw flour products because E.coli bacteria had allegedly been found in flour produced at the General Mills plant in...more

JSH Reporter - Summer 2016

We are excited to announce the launch of our Summer 2016 JSH Reporter! The JSH Reporter is designed to provide information about changes in the law and how these affect a variety of industries. In this issue, you will...more

Food Product Recalls – Are You Covered?

Food and beverage recalls, regardless of the reason, continue to proliferate in the news cycle. At the end of May General Mills issued a recall of 10 million pounds of flour due to a potential link to an outbreak of E. coli...more

New York’s Highest Court Issues a Noteworthy Decision, Rejecting “Pro Rata” Allocation in the Asbestos Bodily-Injury Context

On May 3, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously held that an “all-sums” method of allocation should be used to apportion liability among excess insurers based on the policy language at issue in the case. Contrary to...more

Product Recalls and Insurance: Considerations to Maximize Covered Expenses

Berries. Walnuts. Wholesome. Healthy. But not when they may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. On May 10, 2016, grocery store chain Publix announced a voluntary recall of its cranberry nut and seed mix. Publix learned of...more

The financial advisor who sells a trustee an insurance contract that is inappropriate in light of the trust's purposes risks...

It is an understatement that the Minnesota Court of Appeals in In re: Amendment and Restatement of Revocable Living Trust of Alfred J. Berget dated February 15, 2005 [A13-2295, Dec. 8, 2014] afforded the trustee who had...more

California Appeals Court Rejects Insurer’s Reliance on Contractual Escape Clause

According to a closely watched decision, an “other insurance” clause in a comprehensive general liability policy will not, as a matter of public policy, permit the insurer to avoid having to pay a share of the insured’s...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Insured Contract Does Not Compel a Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, LLC v. Wiegand Sports, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34209 (D. Mass. Mar. 16, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider...more

“‘Tis As Easy As Lying”: Pennsylvania Court Rescinds Policy of Corporate Giant

Claims, arguments and tactics that are familiar from coverage disputes with consumers are increasingly being used against carriers by large corporate insureds—often with the assistance of well-known plaintiffs’ firms. Once in...more

Contribution Claims: Uncertain Jurisdictional Basis

An automotive component producer and an insurer have separately challenged the jurisdiction of the High Court in Iveco SpA & Iveco Ltd v Magna Electronics Srl [2015] EWHC 2887 (TCC), 13 November 2015 & XL Insurance Co SE v...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - January 2016

Insurance Coverage; Vandalism and Malicious Mischief Exclusion - Hung Van Ong v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 235 Cal.App.4th 901, 185 Cal.Rptr.3d 524 - Facts: The insured had a vacant apartment building....more

When Product Liability Meets the Uniform Commercial Code

Clients who are first introduced to the concept of strict liability in the context of a product liability lawsuit are often shocked to learn they can be held liable for a product defect simply because they sold the defective...more

Massachusetts Court of Appeals Precludes Coverage for Drink Bottles Despite “Loss of Use” Exception to “Faulty Workmanship”...

Manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of food products face significant business and litigation risks associated with food contamination and recall issues. Policyholders in this chain of production should be aware that...more

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