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Top 10 Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, every Maryland defense lawyer knows that there is a cause of action that can be leveled against insurers for lack of good faith. Most even know that this cause of action is based on Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §...more

Multiple Instances of Defectively Designed, Manufactured, or Installed Windows Does Multiple Occurrences Make

by Carlton Fields on

After previously holding that various claims against the insured, Pella, alleged property damage caused by an “occurrence,” thus triggering Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s (“Liberty”) coverage obligations under various CGL...more

Media Law Bulletin

by Sedgwick LLP on

Depending on the source, between one half to two-thirds of adults in the United States take a dietary supplement of some kind every day. A dietary supplement is a product for ingestion that contains a dietary ingredient...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Discovery Opinions Show Limits Of Privilege And Broad Standard Of Relevance

by Carlton Fields on

Three recent opinions issued by courts highlight the scope and limitations of a party’s right to discovery of reinsurance, reserve and allegedly privileged information in insurance coverage disputes....more

Insurance Coverage for Property Damage Caused by Defective Workmanship

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

One of the principal points of contention between insurers and insureds is whether defective construction work is, or can be, an occurrence, thereby triggering coverage. Originally published in ConsensusDocs (Vol. 3,...more

Third Circuit Finds Coverage for Faulty Workmanship Claim

In its recent decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. USA Container Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6602 (3rd Cir. Apr. 18, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying New Jersey law, had...more

Time Is Money: A Remedy for Delay in Settlement of Commercial Insurance Claims in the UK?

by Jones Day on

Section 13A of the Insurance Act 2015 ("Section 13A") implies a term into insurance policies issued or varied after that date that requires insurers to settle claim sums due within a "reasonable time". This new provision...more

Do I really need my own lawyer if the insurer is giving me one? (law note; tip)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Several readers have reached out to me about my post on getting a Reservation of Rights letter with comments and questions. The most common refrain has been something along the lines of: “Do I really have to hire my own...more

South Carolina Federal District Court: Insurer May Act in Bad Faith by Considering Extrinsic Evidence to Deny Duty to Defend

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 6, 2017, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina, found a genuine dispute of material fact existed as to whether a Roofing Limitation Endorsement in a liability policy barred the insurer’s...more

CGL’s “pollution exclusion” applies to “harsh soaps”: Oregon federal court

by Butler Snow LLP on

The latest round in the fight over the CGL’s “pollution exclusion” — which well-respected commentator Craig F. Stanovich has called “one of the least understood and most litigated portions” of the CGL — went to the insurance...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

by Carlton Fields on

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Faulty Work Not a Covered “Occurrence”

In Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass’n, No. 16-1868, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 4107 (7th Cir. Mar. 8, 2017), the Seventh Circuit had occasion to consider whether claims of faulty workmanship could constitute...more

Am I Covered Now!

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The cybersecurity breaches rippling through the global economy create enormous costs for the affected businesses and organizations. As a result, many companies are focusing increased attention on obtaining insurance coverage...more

Schrödinger’s Coverage: When a Risk is Covered and Not Covered by Insurance

by Reed Smith on

When is a person an “employee” under one insurance policy but not an employee under another? Conflicting or inconsistent definitions across multiple policy lines issued to the same company can give rise to significant gaps...more

Oregon Federal Court Decides Carbon Monoxide Incident Is Excluded by Pollution Exclusion

by Selman Breitman LLP on

The United States District Court for the District of Oregon has determined that carbon monoxide from a natural gas swimming pool heater is a pollutant within the meaning of a commercial general liability insurance policy....more

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Duty To Defend Property Owner Based On Potential For Vicarious Liability For Subcontractor’s...

In Pekin Ins. Co. v. Centex Homes, 2017 IL App (1st) 153601, the Illinois Appellate Court Circuit had occasion to consider whether an insurer had an obligation to defend two putative additional insureds when its named insured...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES B.

by Field Law on

B. The wording “as a result of a peril insured against” in an insurance policy will be interpreted to include damage that happens as a direct result of the insured peril (increased cost to bring a damaged building up to code)...more

Lessons in Administering a Master Service Agreement

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Is condensate a contaminant? When it spills and burns a worker, yes. In Hiland Partners v. National Union Fire Insurance Company the operator, an additional insured under a contractor’s commercial general liability insurance...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court Holds Indoor Air Exclusion Permissible

In its recent decision in Siloam Springs Hotel v. Century Sur. Co., 2017 Okla. LEXIS 15 (Okl. Feb. 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, on certified question from the United States District Court for the Western District...more

Policyholders Win Again: The New Jersey Supreme Court Voids Insurance Policy Anti-Assignment Clauses in Occurrence-Based Insurance...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently affirmed the Appellate Division’s decision in Givaudan Fragrances Corp. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., finding that an anti-assignment clause in an occurrence-based insurance policy does not...more

A Close Look at Policy Wording Is Essential to Ensure Coverage for Cyber Risks

As the demand for insurance coverage for cyber-related losses continues to grow, more insurance companies are offering cyber insurance policies and endorsements, but the market is far from mature and the available policies...more

Eighth Circuit Pollution-Exclusion Opinion a Cautionary Tale for Natural Gas Industry

by Reed Smith on

The interpretation and application of a pollution exclusion in a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy is often a fact-specific and jurisdiction-specific exercise. That said, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth...more

Construction One-Minute Read: The Unbearable Lightness of Being an Additional Insured

The “additional insured” provision is one of the most critical provisions in a contract, yet is usually an afterthought. Contract negotiations over scope, schedule, and budget can and should demand your full attention, but...more

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