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U.S. District Court Judge Bars Plaintiff’s Individual Disability Claims in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a judge adopted the Report and Recommendation of her magistrate judge and granted an individual disability insurer summary judgment on its...more

Construction Case Law Update - September #2 2014

FLORIDA FEDERAL CASES - - Contribution, Equitable Subrogation, and Breach of Contract – Insurer adequately alleged elements of contribution, equitable subrogation, and breach of contract claims in construction defect...more

Pennsylvania Magistrate Judge Recommends That Plaintiff’s Claims Be Barred in Their Entirety by Application of the Doctrine of...

In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, applying the doctrine of collateral estoppel, a Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation granting an individual disability insurer summary judgment on an insured’s claims...more

A Day At The Beach: Fifth Circuit Rejects Expansive Situs Definition For LHWCA Comp In BP Beach Cleaning Case

The Fifth Circuit recently reversed, per curiam, a district court decision finding that a contract worker cleaning oiled beaches near Grand Isle, Louisiana, in the wake of the 2010 Macondo oil spill qualified as a...more

Recent Cases of Note

District of New Jersey Denies Class Certification in Title Insurance Case on Grounds of Ascertainability - In the latest in a series of decisions from courts in the Third Circuit regarding ascertainability of a...more

Subrogation Alert - Hodges v. Federal-Mogul Corporation

A recently-published decision of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia should be expected to have an immediate impact on the use of expert testimony in subrogation cases in that region. The case,...more

Something Borrowed, Something New, But IIGF Still Can’t Collect From Borrowing Employer’s Workers’ Comp Carrier

In Illinois Ins. Guaranty Fund v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., 2013 IL App (1st) 123345 (Nov. 12, 2013) the Illinois First District appellate court held that a borrowing employer’s workers’ compensation carrier is not required to...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Guaranty Fund's Indemnity Payments Not Limited By Statutory Cap

In Illinois (as in every other state), when an insurance company becomes insolvent and an order of liquidation is entered, the Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund steps in and pays claims that the insolvent carrier could not...more

West Virginia Court Resolves Issues Of First Impression On Insurance Coverage For Delayed Manifestation Claims

I. Introduction - The last few decades of tort litigation in America have been marked primarily by a surge in filings of asbestos, silica and other delayed manifestation bodily injury and property damage claims. These...more

Bad Faith Claims Permitted Against Self-Insured Employers In Iowa – “Fairly Debatable” Defense Precludes Finding This Time

A federal trial court in Iowa confirmed that first-party bad faith claims may be cognizable against both insurers and self-insured employers. In Spencer v. Annett Holdings, Inc., 905 F.Supp.2d 953 (S.D. Iowa, Nov. 27, 2012),...more

Court Rules That Ohio Bureau Of Workers' Compensation Overcharged Non-Group Rated Employers

After a long bench trial which began on August 20, 2012, Judge Richard McMonagle recently issued his decision in an important class-action lawsuit. The suit was brought on behalf of certain employers doing business in Ohio,...more

More than 20 new insurance-related bills signed into law by Governor Brown

September 30, 2012, was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to take action on bills passed by the California Legislature during the 2012 regular legislative session....more

The Perils of Self-Insurance

Today we continue our previews of the new civil review grants from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court. In Skokie Castings, Inc. v. Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund, [pdf] the Court will face questions about the...more

Second Circuit Affirms Duty to Defend Under Professional Liability Policy

In its recent decision in Westport Ins. Corp. v. Hamilton Wharton Group, Inc., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 9888 (2d Cir. May 17, 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had occasion to consider whether a...more

The 2011 Texas Legislature Tightens Indemnity Rights and Changes Mechanic's Lien Perfection Requirements

The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature dealt with many issues related to construction projects in Texas, including sustainable design building standards for state buildings, lien waiver form requirements, and the...more

Successfully Defending a Lawsuit

Anyone who has been a defendant in a lawsuit will tell you that the process is expensive, time consuming and stressful. I have spent the past twenty years defending businesses and individuals in courts throughout Virginia and...more

Texas Insurance Law Newsbrief

Texas courts continue their busy pace in insurance cases. TEXAS SUPREME COURT REVERSES RUTTINGER: WORKERS COMPENSATION CARRIERS NOT SUBJECT TO UNFAIR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES CLAIMS UNDER THE TEXAS INSURANCE CODE In a...more

Texas S.Ct.: Workers Comp Carriers Not Subject to Statutory Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Claims

In a ground-breaking decision, the Texas Supreme Court today decided that workers compensation insurers are not subject to "bad faith" claims for unfair claims settlement practices under the Texas Insurance Code. The...more

Extraordinary Writs Newsletter, Vol. 1, Issue 1

Extraordinary Writs is a newsletter published by Jordan Coyne & Savits LLP covering recent developments concerning civil litigation defense in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia....more

Georgia Reimbursement: After the Accident

After a person is injured and medical bills are paid by a health insurance company (either partially or fully), the health insurance company generally has the legal authority to go after the wrongdoer for the medical bills...more

Federal Court Dismisses Claim by Air Ambulance Company Seeking to Avoid California Workers' Compensation Official Medical Fee...

Earlier this year, California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (“CALSTAR”), an air ambulance company rendering services primarily in California, filed an action in federal court in Sacramento against more than 75 workers’ compensation...more

EVERTON McLEAN and ALTHEA McLEAN, his wife, Plaintiffs, vs. WISNEL EUGENE and GLORIA SIVESTRE, Defendants

ORDER ON PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON THE TORT-IMMUNITY DEFENSE

Torts -- Workers' compensation immunity -- Where interrogatories and admissions of defendant establish that defendant, who was plaintiff's co-worker, was driving his own vehicle off employer's repair lift and was not acting...more

Insurance Caselaw Roundup (4/3/09)

The following are some notable California insurance cases that have come out earlier this year. *Claims administrator determined to owe duty to excess carrier for negligent mishandling of workers' compensation claim: Nat’l...more

Doctors Paid for False Reports in Injury Cases?

This New York personal injury lawyer takes a back seat to no one in his admiration for physicians, especially orthopedic surgeons. I maintain that day in and day out doctors are among the noblest of our citizens, they do what...more

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