Duty to Defend

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New York Court Holds Insurer Not Entitled to Pro Rata Allocation of Defense Costs

In its recent decision in High Point Design, LLC v. LM Ins. Corp., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12690 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 3, 2016), the United State District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to consider how and...more

Don’t Let Coverage Issue Delay Settlement

There are a number of steps in-house counsel can take to increase the likelihood of mediation while working with outside counsel on cases defended by carriers. Some mediations directly involve insurance, such as those...more

New Hampshire Supreme Court Holds Excess Insurer Has No Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Stratford Ins. Co., 2016 N.H. LEXIS 8 (N.H. Jan. 26, 2016), the Supreme Court of New Hampshire, addressing a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Texas Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in In re: ATP Oil & Gas Corporation, 2016 Bank. LEXIS 201 (S.D. Tex. Bankr. Jan. 20, 2016), the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas had occasion to consider the application...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

Transportation Newsletter - January 2016

Illinois Appellate Court: A Contingent Automobile Liability Policy Is Not an Excess Policy - The Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, was recently confronted with the interpretation of a Contingent...more

Illinois Court Addresses Insured’s Burden of Proof on Duty to Indemnify

In Consol. United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Faure Bros. Corp., 2016 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 11, 2016), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider an insured’s burden of proof in a declaratory...more

Louisiana Court Holds Knowing Violation of Rights Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in Krispy Krunchy Foods, LLC v. AMA Disc., Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3499 (E.D. La. Jan. 12, 2016), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana had occasion to consider the...more

Court Holds Insured’s Requests For Reserve Documents Discoverable

A North Carolina magistrate judge recently denied an insurer’s motion for a protective order in a suit seeking a declaration that American Home Assurance (American Home) owes PCS Phosphate Co. Inc. (PCS) a duty to defend and...more

Ohio Court Gives Effect to a Different Kind of Reservation of Rights Letter

The importance of the ordinary reservation of rights letter – “we will defend you, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to pay a judgment” — is well known. A different kind of reservation of rights letter – “We will defend you...more

Request for Money Damages Not Required to Trigger Duty to Defend

Applying Illinois law, the court in Country Mutual Insurance Co. v. Bible Pork, Inc., 2015 IL App (5th) 140211, held that an express request in an underlying complaint for damages because of property damage or bodily injury...more

Illinois Court Holds Broad Request for Relief Triggered Duty to Defend

In Country Mut. Ins. Co. v. Bible Pork, Inc., 2015 IL App (5th) 140211, the Fifth District of the Illinois Appellate Court had occasion to consider whether a pleading seeking “such other relief as deemed appropriate”...more

Insurance News, December 2015

Schaeffler Holding, LLP v. United States, No. 14-1965, 2015 WL 6874979 (2d Cir. 2015) - Generally speaking, the “common interest doctrine” is an “exception to the general rule that voluntary disclosure of confidential,...more

Employee Exclusion Applies to Independent Contractor Truck Driver

An auto insurer had no duty to defend a trucking company against an injured driver’s claim because the insurance policy excluded claims by “employees,” notwithstanding that the driver was technically an independent...more

Illinois Court Holds Pollution Claim Not A Covered Wrongful Entry Offense

In its recent decision in John Sexton Sand & Gravel Corp. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166699 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 11, 2015), the United States District Court for the Northern District of...more

No Fresh Wrong, No Duty to Defend - Hanover Ins. Co. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc.

Where an alleged trademark infringement began 16 months before an insurance policy took effect, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision that the insurer had no duty to defend or...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - December 2015

In this month's highlights, a federal court rules that insurance coverage was triggered for the defense of garment hang tag "advertisements" in a trademark/copyright and unfair competition lawsuit…the California Supreme Court...more

NJ Supreme Court Upholds Insurer’s Right to Rescind When Professional Liability Insurance Is Procured by Fraud

On December 1, 2015, in DeMarco v. Stoddard, the New Jersey Supreme Court, in a 5–2 decision, reversed an Appellate Division decision, DeMarco v. Stoddard, 434 N.J. Super. 352 (App Div. 2014), and held in favor of the...more

Florida Court Holds No Duty to Defend Construction Defect Suit

In its recent decision in Core Construction Services Southeast v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163695 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 7, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2015

Deciding Who Decides Questions of Arbitrability: A Survey of American Law and a Comparative Perspective - Parties to commercial disputes frequently encounter and litigate the threshold issue whether their dispute is...more

Don't Let Pre-Notice Defense Costs Get Away

When a policyholder first learns that they are facing litigation (or any third-party claim), they are immediately confronted with many pressing concerns. The primary concern is mounting a robust defense against the new...more

November 2015: Insurance Litigation Update

Recent Cases Highlight Need for, and Potential Limitations of, Cyber Insurance Policies. Although the July 2015 hack of the Ashley Madison adultery-oriented online dating service has brought issues regarding the protection of...more

No Escape: California Court of Appeals Gives a Primary CGL Insurer’s “Other Insurance” Clause Two Thumbs Down

“No Escape” is a 2015 action movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson (that’s right, Owen Wilson) and which the folks at rogerebert.com described as “a dreadful…would-be thriller” and “low-grade trash.”...more

Triple Threat to Coverage: Third Circuit Departs From Three Fundamental Rules in Applying “Prior Publication” Exclusion

Three well-established rules — (1) that policy exclusions are to be interpreted narrowly, (2) that an insurer has the burden to prove the applicability of an exclusion, and (3) that an insurer has a duty to defend as long as...more

No Escape from Duty to Defend By Escape Clause

Underwriters of Interest Subscribing to Policy Number A15274001 v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 23, 2015) - The California Fourth Appellate District...more

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