Duty to Defend

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The New York Court of Appeals Considers the Consequences of a Liability Insurer’s Breach of the Duty to Defend

What are the consequences of a liability insurer’s breach of the duty to defend its insured against a potentially covered claim? Recent decisions from the New York Court of Appeals highlight differing views nationwide on...more

California Court Holds Offensive Odors Are Not Property Damage

In its recent decision in Travelers Property Casualty Company of America v. Mixt Greens, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39548 (N.D. Cal. March 25, 2014), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California...more

Policy Observer - March 2014

D&O Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs: An Emerging Consensus? Responding to a subpoena can be an expensive proposition. Fortunately, in many instances, a company can call upon its D&O insurer to help defray the...more

Insurance Recovery Law

Insurer Should Have Considered Extrinsic Facts When Determining Whether A Potential for Coverage Existed, Ninth Circuit Concludes - Why it matters: In a fascinating – albeit unpublished – decision from the Ninth...more

Debate Over the ALI’s “Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance” Continues – Advisers Slated to Discuss Contentious Portions

At its 2013 annual meeting, the American Law Institute (ALI) voted to adopt sections 1 through 15 of its “Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance.” However, extensive criticism during the floor debate prevented the ALI...more

Don’t Lose Insurance Coverage Because You Fail to Provide Proper Notification

Most businesses have a variety of insurance coverage that they hope never to have to utilize. If and when the time does come to exercise one’s rights to the benefit of such a policy, however, the last thing any in-house...more

Ongoing Or Completed Operations? Fifth Circuit Finds No Duty To Defend Contractor Under Additional Insured Endorsement

In Woodward, L.L.C. v. Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company, WL 535726 (5th Cir. 2014), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held the insurer had no duty to defend the contractor named as an additional insured under a...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Extrinsic Facts Triggered Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Burlington Ins. Co. v. CHWC, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3941 (9th Cir. Mar. 3, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, applying California law, had occasion to consider an...more

New York Court of Appeals Sustains Delay in Disclaimer Based on Insured’s Lack of Cooperation

Will a New York court excuse an insurer’s delay in disclaiming coverage based on an insured’s failure to cooperate, when the facts confirm that it did so as soon as reasonably possible after it determined that the insured...more

In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law

The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, 2014 WL 590662 (N.Y.), 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 01102 (N.Y. Feb. 18, 2014), has vacated its own prior decision,...more

New York High Court Reverses Course; Allows Carriers to Rely on Policy Exclusions Where Duty to Defend was Breached

K2 Investment Group, LLC. v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., No. 6, 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 201 (N.Y. Ct. of App. Feb. 18, 2014). In 2013, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed an order granting summary judgment to a...more

New York Appeals Court Reverses Itself in K2 Investment Group Decision; Reaffirms Earlier Ruling in Servidone

In a decision notable for several reasons, the New York State Court of Appeals—the state's highest court—reversed itself in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. [21 NY3d 384 (2014)] and...more

K2-II Update: Insurers’ Breach of Duty Does Not Result in Automatic Liability in New York

In a 4-2 split, the New York Court of Appeals unwound a 2013 ruling that raised significant concern for insurers in denying requests for defense in liability matters. As a result, it is once again the rule in New York that an...more

Insurance Recovery Law - Feb 18, 2014

Insurer Must Indemnify TCPA Settlement, Despite Lack of Involvement - Why it matters: In a closely watched case out of Illinois, an appellate court held that a $1.7 million settlement in a Telephone Consumer...more

New York’s Highest Court Rappels Down From Possible Major Shift in Insurance Law in K2 Decision

Today, the New York Court of Appeals elected to adhere to precedent in holding that an insurer is indeed allowed to rely on its policy exclusions when faced with a request for indemnity, even if the insurer was not correct in...more

New York’s Highest Court Vacates Its Decision in K2

In its February 18, 2014 decision in K2 Investment Group, LLP v. American Guarantee & Liability Ins. Co., New York’s Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – had occasion to revisit its prior ruling concerning the effect...more

The Hawaii Supreme Court Answers “Other Insurance” Provisions and the Duty to Defend

The Hawaii Supreme Court in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — P.3d —-, 2014 WL 560805 (2014), answers the following certified questions from the 9th Circuit on “other insurance” provisions and the duty to defend....more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update: Week Ending February 7, 2014

I. FLORIDA STATE CASES – SCOTT FEATHER - - Insurer’s Duty to Defend: order staying insurer’s declaratory action seeking coverage determination departed from essential requirements of law and caused insurer irreparable...more

With Tax Season Looming, Appellate Division Refuses to Find Duty to Defend Against IRS Action

In William B. Kessler Memorial Hosp., Inc. v. North River Ins. Co., 2013 WL 6036678 (N.J. Super. Nov. 15, 2013), the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, rejected the notion that an insurer’s promise to “defend...more

A Good Faith Review of 2013

With the arrival of the new year, many are applying the mantra “out with the old, in with the new.” Although this may be motivational for personal resolutions, it does not generally apply in the context of law as last year’s...more

Slow Down, WA Court Taps the Brakes on Insurer’s Duty to Defend

On January 28, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals held that an insurer had no duty to defend a motorist under either his homeowners or auto insurance policies when the unambiguous allegations made against the insured...more

Washington Insurance Law - 2013 Year in Review

2013 was a particularly eventful year in Washington insurance law. This paper summarizes the holdings of several notable Washington insurance decisions that were filed in 2013. Bad Faith - Attorney-Client...more

Coverage for Investigations and Conflicting Endorsements: Syracuse University Decision is Great for Policyholders

Just before the New Year the New York Appellate Division affirmed in about a dozen words the trial court decision in Syracuse University v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 2012EF63, slip op. at 2...more

Texas Supreme Court Rejects Insurer Attempt to Expand Limited Insurance Exclusion for Liability Assumed by Contract, Holding that...

In a highly anticipated ruling earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court rejected Amerisure Insurance Company’s attempt to radically expand the scope of a common exclusion for liability assumed by contract found in many...more

Florida Court Holds Insurer Not Estopped From Denying Pre-Tender Costs

In its recent decision in Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7715 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to...more

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