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Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014 #2

South Carolina Court Holds That Absent Substantial Prejudice, Late Notice Does Not Bar Insurer’s Coverage Obligations - Why it matters: A federal court in South Carolina ruled that absent a showing by an insurer...more

7th Circuit Dusts off the Erie Crystal Ball on Title Insurance Defense

Lawyers generally enjoy prognosticating future developments in the law. Under the Erie doctrine, federal judges have a legitimate need to engage in this pastime. Recently, in Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Chicago Title...more

If You Build It, “The Claims” Will Likely Come: Controlling Anticipated Risks In Large Projects

Sophisticated parties in large projects know that it is not unusual for claims of all types to occur during the course of the project. Despite everyone’s best efforts, claims for property damage, material loss and personal...more

Indiana Court Holds Auto Exclusion Applicable to Forklift-Related Injury

In its recent decision in National Am. Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Lake State Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160593 (S.D. Ind. Nov. 14, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana had occasion...more

Lawsuits Are On The Rise. Are You Covered?

On September 25, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed the first two suits in its history challenging transgender discrimination under the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As discrimination litigation...more

Finding Insurance Coverage for Consumer Products Class Action Complaints

Consumer class action claims are a familiar tool for addressing dissatisfaction with a defective product. Given that one of the goals of a consumer class action claim is to recover damages for the claimants, triggering...more

Illinois Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Caution to Policyholders Seeking Coverage for Underlying Settlements

The Illinois Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion providing guidance for policyholders seeking insurance coverage under commercial liability policies for settlements to resolve class actions asserted against them. In...more

Specialized Cyber Liability Insurance Policies Proliferate as General Liability Insurers Refuse Coverage for Data Breaches

Travelers Indemnity Company filed an action this month in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut for a declaratory judgment that it is not obligated to defend or indemnify its policyholder, P.F....more

Texas Court Holds Professional Liability Exclusion Applicable to Well Blowout

In its recent decision in Nicklos Drilling Co. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156585 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 5, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to consider the...more

When Is the Presence of Lactobacillus Acidophilus an Occurrence Under a CGL Policy?

In Wisconsin Pharmacal Co. v. Nebraska Cultures of California, No. 13AP613 (Wis. Ct. App. Oct. 29, 2014), the Wisconsin Court of Appeals analyzed the circumstances under which a supplier’s negligent provision of an incorrect...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Sexual Assault Claim - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (October 6, 2014) - Most commercial general liability policies provide coverage for negligent acts only. ...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014

Payment of Costs Doesn’t Preclude Unfair Trade Practices Claim Against Insurer - Why it matters: In a significant victory for policyholders, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that an insured had a valid unfair...more

Fifth Circuit Addresses Contractual Liability Exclusion

In its recent decision in Crownover v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 20737 (5th Cir. October 29, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit withdrew its prior ruling and held that the...more

More “Texas Justice” For Policyholder On Contractual Liability Exclusion

On October 29, the Fifth Circuit reversed itself for the second time this year in a case involving the interpretation of a contractual liability exclusion in a CGL policy. This recent decision by the Fifth Circuit in...more

Regional Steel: the continuing effort to avoid the cost of correcting the insured’s work

Casualty insurers normally do not expect to pay the cost of their insureds simply doing a good job. Insurers typically view their contracts as assuming the risk of delineated consequences – damages – if the insured’s work...more

Missouri Court Imposes Bad Faith Liability Despite Judicial Finding Of No Coverage For Underlying Claim

In Advantage Building, the Western District of Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment against an insurer for extra-contractual liability for bad faith failure to settle a claim within the policy limits. Interestingly,...more

No CGL Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Under Pennsylvania Law

In State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. McDermott, 2014 WL 5285335 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 15, 2014), a federal court recently held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify its insured against an underlying construction defect...more

Cyber coverage: mind the gap

This alert identifies a number of important themes in the growing area of exposure to cyber risks and offers advice on how to negotiate the new array of insurance coverage on the market....more

Pro-Policyholder Opinion Drives Home Importance of Excess Policy Language When Settling with an Underlying Insurer for Less Than...

A reoccurring issue with excess insurance is whether a policyholder can trigger excess coverage by agreeing to a below-limits settlement with an underlying insurer, and filling in the gap between the settlement amount and the...more

Testing Texas CGL Coverage For 3rd Party Products

On Sept. 19, the Fifth Circuit certified four questions to the Texas Supreme Court regarding coverage under a commercial general liability policy in U.S. Metals Incorporated v. Liberty Mutual Group Incorporated, No. 13-20433,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declines To Review Pro-Policyholder Decision; Contrary Arguments Possible

For years, product manufacturers relied on commercial general liability policies to defend and indemnify them for product liability claims. Although these policies may exclude coverage for pure economic loss or for damage to...more

P.F. Chang’s CGL Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgement on Data Breach Claim

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro made headlines when it recently reported that 33 of its restaurant locations spanning 18 states suffered a data breach in connection with the restaurant’s point-of-sale payment systems. While the...more

New York Court Holds No Coverage for Publication of Credit Card Information

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130608 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to consider...more

Financial Cost of Ebola Crisis Sparks Insurance Coverage Questions

Ebola has become a worldwide crisis. It has ravaged Liberia and other West African countries. It has been diagnosed in Europe. And, cases are now being reported in the United States. While the cost to human life is...more

Are you Really Protected? The Proliferation of Data Breaches Highlight the Increasing Role Cyber Insurance will Play

Every day seems to bring a new story about a significant data breach. Just within the last few weeks we have learned of the following cyber attacks... ...more

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