Proskauer - Insurance Recovery & Counseling

Seventh Circuit Issues Stern Warning For Insurers That Reject Their Duty to Defend

The first line of the Seventh Circuit’s opinion says it all: “This case provides a warning for insurance companies who refuse to defend their insureds.” As the court’s admonishment suggests, insurers that improperly refuse to…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Personal Injury, Insurance

California Supreme Court Limits Enforceability of Anti-Assignment Clauses

In a unanimous decision handed down by the California Supreme Court on August 20, 2015 in Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court, the court removed a significant obstacle facing companies that want to assign their interests in a…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Personal Injury

Georgia Supreme Court Complicates Policyholders’ Ability to Settle Claims Brought Against Them

As we previously reported here, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit asked the Georgia Supreme Court to weigh in on the coverage dispute in Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. v. XL Specialty Insurance Co…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Texas Says EPA Administrative Actions under CERCLA Trigger Duty to Defend

As any company facing EPA administrative action under CERCLA knows, the financial risk and defense costs associated with those proceedings can be the same as the risk and costs of an EPA lawsuit under CERCLA. But insurers have…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law, Insurance

Third Circuit Finds Insured v. Insured Exclusion Precludes Recovery of Defense Costs

Many corporate executives may be under the impression that the defense costs they incur when sued for actions taken in their role as officers of the company would be covered by a “Management Protection” insurance policy. The…more
| Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds That Insured May Settle Tort Claim Without Insurer Consent Under “Fair and Reasonable” Standard

In Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. American Nuclear Insurers, a divided Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, deciding an issue of first impression under Pennsylvania law, recently held that when an insurer defends its insured subject to a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Construction Law, Insurance, Personal Injury

Montana Joins Majority of Courts Holding That Insurers Must Establish Prejudice to Disclaim Coverage Based on an Insured’s Late Notice

Joining a majority of states that have addressed the issue, the Montana Supreme Court recently held that “an insurer who does not receive timely notice required by the terms of an insurance policy must demonstrate prejudice from…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Policyholder Warning: What One Provision Giveth (Defense Costs), Another Provision May Taketh Away

Professional liability insurance policyholders often breathe a sigh of relief when their insurer begins funding the costs of defending against a civil claim or government investigation. That is one of the reasons they bought the…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Insurance

Louisiana Supreme Court Holds That Statute May Confer Broad Duties On Insurers

In Kelly v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., the Supreme Court of Louisiana recently held that an insurer can be liable for bad faith failure to settle a claim even if it has not received a firm offer to settle the claim. The…more
| Civil Remedies, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Bank Bond Covers Third-Party Losses Arising out of Bank Employee’s Fraud, Eighth Circuit Holds

Fidelity bonds are purchased primarily to protect against loss to the policyholder’s own assets, from things like employee theft or embezzlement. In Avon State Bank v. BancInsure, Inc., however, the Eighth Circuit interpreted…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

New Jersey State Court Rules Damage Caused by Superstorm Sandy Not Subject to Flood Sublimit

In a decisive victory for policyholders, Judge Thomas Vena of the Essex County Superior Court in New Jersey ruled that significant damages incurred by Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (“PSEG”) as a result of storm surge…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial

Protecting Directors and Officers From Derivative Liability Arising From Data Breaches

With data breaches affecting companies across virtually every industry, cyber security has remained front page news. Lawsuits brought by aggrieved consumers and financial institutions against companies that have suffered data…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Mississippi Supreme Court Limits Broker Liability Where Insured’s Conduct Is Uninsurable

When an insurance claim is denied, policyholders sometimes look to their broker as a potential source of recovery. Generally speaking, a broker owes its client the duty to procure the scope of coverage requested. When a broker…more
| Agriculture, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Intellectual Property

Divided New York Court of Appeals Holds That Under Noncumulation Clause Only One Limit Is Available to Cover Multiple Claims

In Nesmith v. Allstate Insurance Co., New York’s highest court, over a two-judge dissent, held that under the noncumulation clause in a landlord’s liability policy, only one limit was available to cover claims by children from…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorized, But Some Uncertainty Remains

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed into law a six-year extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program after the House and Senate passed the bill by votes of 416-5 and 93-4, respectively. As we previously reported,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Insurance
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