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Summary of California Appellate Decisions - June 2014

Insurance Coverage; Professional Services Exclusion; Completed Operations; Duty To Defend: North Counties Engineering, Inc. v. State Farm General Insurance Company (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 902, 169 Cal.Rptr.3d 726...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

Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (6/14, pt. 2)

No. 11-0810, LAN/STV, J.V. v. Martin K. Eby Construction Co. - In a unanimous opinion by Chief Justice Hecht, the Court held that the economic loss rule does not allow a general contractor to recover increased costs of...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

Arbitration Clause In Agreement Between Insured And Reinsurer Held Invalid Under Nebraska Law

A federal district court has held an arbitration clause in a Reinsurance Participation Agreement (RPA) between an insured and a reinsurer invalid and unenforceable under governing state law. The RPA complemented a standing...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-07

In This Issue: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

Employer’s Notice Of Controversion (LS-207) Does Not Eviscerate Holding Of Andrepont

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Lincoln v. Director OWCP (Ceres Marine Terminals, Inc.) No. 13-1594 (March 11, 2014), was recently asked to address the effect of the employer filing a notice of...more

Market Conduct Examination Penalties On The Rise In Missouri

Our firm's Summer 2012 Insurance Business & Regulatory newsletter discussed a recent increase in market conduct examination activity by the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional...more

Seventh Circuit Addresses Coverage Under Workers’ Comp Policy

In its recent decision in YKK USA, Inc., v. Safety Nat’l Cas. Corp., 727 F.3d 782 (7th. Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether an employee’s common law claim...more

Is That Covered? Holiday Parties

Let's say that you are having a Holiday party (with alcohol served) at your home, or you are a business owner and have a voluntary "company" party for your employees. If someone becomes "visibly intoxicated" at your party,...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

Australia’s High Court Denies Employee Worker’s Compensation Claim For Sex Injury

Ruling in a 4-2 decision[1], the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip. The female...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

California Insurance Laws Enacted in 2013

October 13, 2013 was the deadline for Governor Jerry Brown to act on bills passed by the California Legislature this year. Here are summaries of noteworthy insurance-related bills which Governor Brown signed into law. Unless...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

Indemnity Clauses, Anti-Indemnity Legislation and Additional Insureds

Indemnity Clauses and Anti-Indemnity Legislation - I. Purpose and Enforceability of Indemnity Clauses - Indemnification is an equitable doctrine that attempts to shift the burden of a judgment from one party...more

Tips for Negotiating Collateral Agreements to Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policies

When purchasing, or considering the purchase of, large deductible (LD) workers’ compensation, auto, and other policies, insurance companies often require the policyholder to post collateral to secure the risk. This collateral...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

California Insurance-Related Bills Meet Deadline for Passage in 2013

The deadline for Assembly bills to be passed by the California State Assembly and for Senate bills to be passed by the California State Senate was last Friday, May 31. ...more

Fundamental Distinction Between “Medically Distinguishable” Injuries Under Section 301(1) and “Significant Manner Contribution”...

There is a confusion among the Workers’ Compensation Board of Magistrates and, in some cases, in the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (the Commission) between the proper prima facie injury analysis required of a...more

Capitol Report: Bill Revising Florida’s 2012 Captive Insurance Law Passed By 2013 Florida Legislature

Committee Substitute for House Bill 1191 (CS/HB 1191) makes several changes to Florida’s captive insurance law to remedy unintended consequences that may have resulted from the 2012 enactment of Committee Substitute for...more

California Legislative Committees Considering Insurance Bills

Numerous insurance-related bills have been introduced in the California Legislature this year. Legislative committees are now conducting hearings on the various measures. This year’s regular legislative session will end on...more

Nonsubscriber Legislative Update

As we near the end of the regular session of the Texas legislature (May 27), we wanted to give you a quick update on the status of various proposed nonsubscriber-related bills. Similar measures to these have been proposed...more

Saskatchewan Trial Court Awards Record Punitive Damages for Insurer Bad Faith

A Justice of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench has assessed punitive damages totalling $4,500,000 against two insurers in a recent trial decision, Branco v. American Home Assurance et. al., 2013 SKQB 98. In rendering a...more

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