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Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015

In the Context of a Bad Faith Claim, Insurer’s Defense That Coverage Denial Was Reasonable Put at Issue Otherwise Protected Attorney-Client and Work Product Communications - Why it matters: Recognizing the “conflicting...more

“Continuous” Trigger is Alive and Well in Pennsylvania

In recent years, insurers have attempted to avoid their coverage obligations for their policyholders’ asbestos personal injury claims by challenging longstanding trigger of coverage rulings from the 1980s and 1990s. Although...more

Texas Supreme Court Rules that CERCLA PRP Letters and Enforcement Proceedings Are “Suits” Subject to the Duty to Defend Under...

On June 26, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court held that enforcement proceedings under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”)—including the issuance of a “PRP letter” notifying...more

How to Protect Your Company’s Bottom Line Against Data Breach Losses Through Insurance

In the wake of what seems to be daily announcements of new data security breaches and increased regulatory oversight over company information security and privacy practices, companies are looking for ways to minimize risks...more

Eleventh Circuit Case Delivers Big Win for Contractors Seeking Insurance Coverage

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued an important opinion that is good for contractors making claims on general liability policies, and not so good for the insurers issuing those...more

Looking Backward: West Virginia Retroactively Imposes Coverage for Faulty Workmanship

A notorious moving target in the field of coverage litigation is an insurer’s responsibility under a commercial general liability policy for the policyholder’s faulty workmanship. The key question is usually whether the...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #3

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #2

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

To Be or Not to Be – an Insured Contract: Coverage for Breach of Warranty Claims

In Bituminous Casualty Corporation v. Plano Molding Company, 2015 IL App (2d) 140292, the Illinois Appellate Court tackled one of the most misunderstood issues in the commercial general liability policy: does an obligation to...more

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Affirms No Coverage under CGL Policy for Damages Arising from Lost Computer Tapes

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently affirmed the lower court’s finding that no coverage obligation exists for insurers in Recall Total Info. Mgmt. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2015 Conn. LEXIS 150 (Conn. May 26,...more

The Devil in the “Cyber” Insurance Details

There’s a tempest amidst the recent spring shower of “cyber” insurance cases. It isn’t the Recall Total case reported the week before last, or the Travelers v. Federal Recovery Services case reported the week before. While...more

California Court Addresses Products-Completed Operations Hazard

In its recent decision in Atlantic Cas. Ins. Co. v. LTA Distributor, LLC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70462 (S.D. Fla. June 1, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to consider...more

How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Decision in Mutual Benefit Will Affect Your Business Insurance Coverage

On May 26, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Mutual Benefit Ins. Co. v. Christos Politsopoulos. The decision is good news for policyholders, particularly those who use...more

Montana Supreme Court Affirms Rule Requiring Insurer to Demonstrate Prejudice Resulting from Insured’s Late Notice

On May 29, 2015, the Montana Supreme Court affirmed the application of the notice-prejudice rule in cases of third-party claims for damages. Atlantic Casualty Ins. Co. v. Greytak, 2015 MT 149, OP 14-0412 (Mt. 2015). The rule...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Politsopoulos represents victory for policyholders across Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a long-awaited decision in Mutual Benefit Insurance Company v. Politsopoulos, No. J-85-2014, delivering the insured in that case, and policyholders across Pennsylvania, a big...more

Is That Covered? Lost Insurance Policy

Many liability policies are triggered when an event giving rise to a covered claim occurs, rather than when the claim is asserted or filed with the court. This is often true of the most common type of liability coverage -...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts New Cases: Occurrences, 12% Interest, and Donning and Doffing

Last Friday, Wisconsin’s supreme court announced that it had accepted seven new cases. Three of them are of particular interest to Wisconsin businesses. In Wis. Pharmacal Co. v. Nebraska Cultures of Cal.,...more

Privacy Tuesday – June 2015 – Courts Affirm Insurers’ Denial of Coverage for Electronic Data Claims  

In the last month, both a federal and state court denied coverage for claims relating to an insured’s handling of electronic data. In the first case, a federal court held that there was no coverage under a cyber insurance...more

Insurers' Denials of Cybersecurity Claims Receive Judicial Support

Although cybersecurity-specific insurance has become more popular in recent years, some policyholders have attempted to obtain insurance for cybersecurity losses under their commercial general liability (CGL) policies. The...more

Connecticut High Court Weighs in on CGL Coverage for Data Breach

In a highly anticipated May 26th decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that two CGL insurers, Federal Insurance Company and Scottsdale Insurance Company, are not required to cover losses in connection with the...more

"The" insured versus "any" insured: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court limits the application of the employer’s liability exclusion

Drawing heavily from an amicus brief authored by Reed Smith Insurance Recovery Group (“IRG”) attorneys in Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just issued a pivotal decision that effectively shuts down an avenue that...more

The Supreme Court of New Jersey Defines a “Successful Claimant” Under New Jersey Court Rule 4:42-9(a)(6) for Fee-Shifting in...

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued a significant pro-policyholder decision regarding fee-shifting under the New Jersey Court Rules. Under Rule 4:42-9(a)(6), courts may award attorneys’ fees in “an action upon a...more

Connecticut Supreme Court’s Insurer-Friendly Decision on Data Breach Incident

On January 27, 2014, the Sedgwick Insurance Law Blog posted the following summary entitled, “ Highway Data Dump – Who are You Going to Call to Recover $6 Million?,” addressing the appellate decision in Recall Total Info....more

Minding Your (Policy) Language – Indiana Supreme Court Certifies Pro Rata Allocation Ruling From Lower Court

Courts have struggled between two approaches on how to allocate damages when multiple, consecutive CGL policies have been triggered in situations involving continuous injury or property damage. The majority approach, pro rata...more

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