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Choose Your Words Wisely: The Allegations in a Construction Defect Complaint

On August 5, 2014, the Supreme Court of Connecticut, in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Netherlands Ins. Co., 312 Conn. 714 (2014), affirmed a trial court's decision that allegations of years-long, continuing and progressive...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014 #3

Washington Supreme Court Rules That It Was Error To Delay Adjudication Of Insurer’s Duty To Defend, But Should Stay Discovery As To Insurer’s Coverage Defenses - Why it matters: The Washington Supreme Court...more

Washington Insurance Law 2014 Mid-Year Update

During the first six months of 2014, Washington judges issued several notable insurance-related decisions. Some of those decisions were favorable to insurers and could benefit insurers in future insurance claims and lawsuits...more

California Insurance Coverage Cases Raising Key Issues On The Horizon

This year, 2014, is lining up with interesting insurance coverage cases pending across the country which may lead to far reaching decisions. In California specifically, it is apparent to us that the Hartford Insurance...more

Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Construction Defects

Regional Steel Corporation v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (June 13, 2014) - There has been a split of decisions in California as to whether incorporation of...more

Eleventh Circuit Maps a Route Around Four Corners

Florida adheres to the "four corners rule," under which a liability insurer’s duty to defend an insured is determined solely from the allegations of the underlying complaint. In Composite Structures, Inc. v. The Continental...more

"Non-Trivial Probability" of Excess Judgment Obligates Insurer to Pay for Independent Defense Counsel

The court in Perma-Pipe, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation, Case No. 13 C 2989, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54867 (N.D. Ill. April 21, 2014), held that a CGL insurer breached its duty to defend by refusing to pay for...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

When Is a Construction Defect a Mere Business Risk and Not Insurable?

In an unpublished appellate decision from the state of Washington, on May 5, 2014, the Washington Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment in favor of a CGL insurer, Western National Assurance, relieving it of any...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - June 2014

Insurance Coverage; Professional Services Exclusion; Completed Operations; Duty To Defend: North Counties Engineering, Inc. v. State Farm General Insurance Company (2014) 224 Cal.App.4th 902, 169 Cal.Rptr.3d 726...more

Policyholder Observer

Encryption Flaw "Heartbleed" Creates Data Risk: How Insurance Can Stanch the Bleeding - In early April, news broke of an encryption flaw named “Heartbleed” that exposed companies to data breaches for over two and one...more

New York Court Rejects Insurer’s Motion to Dismiss Its Own Lawsuit

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 73464 (W.D.N.Y. May 29, 2014), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York considered the implications of...more

New York Supreme Court Finds that GL Insurers Have No Duty to Defend Sony for Class Actions Arising out of PlayStation Data Breach

In February of this year, in the matter of Zurich American Ins. Co. v. Sony Corp. of America, et al., case number 651982/2011, the New York Supreme Court ruled in favor of Zurich American Insurance Co. and Mitsui Sumitomo...more

Think You Are Covered By An Additional Insured Endorsement? Recent Opinion Serves as a Reminder to Read the Coverage Language

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an opinion this month that should serve as a reminder to prime contractors to review the coverage granted to them as additional insureds on their subcontractors’...more

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

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

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

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

When Eight Corners Is Just Not Enough: Fifth Circuit Offers Latest Interpretation of Exception to the Eight Corners Rule

On January 8, 2014, the Fifth Circuit announced its latest guidance on an issue of great importance to insurance carriers doing business in Texas. In Star-Tex Resources, L.L.C. v. Granite State Ins. Co., 2014 WL 60192 (5th...more

Policy Observer - December 2013

Time for a Change? California Revisits Henkel on Coverage for Contractually Acquired Liabilities - The California Supreme Court’s unexpected decision earlier this year to accept review of Fluor Corp. v. Superior Court,...more

Title Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Against Predatory Lending Suit, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules

What you need to know: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a title insurer’s duty to defend is triggered only where the policy specifically envisions the type of loss alleged — a standard narrower than...more

Second Circuit Holds Insurer Has Duty to Defend but Not Indemnify, Due to Legal Uncertainty about Coverage at Time of Tender

The Second Circuit recently held that an insurer owed a duty to defend under the “advertising injury” section of a commercial general liability (CGL) policy because sufficient legal uncertainty about the policy’s definition...more

Maine Federal Court Holds Assault and Battery Exclusion Applicable

In its recent decision in Iasbarrone v. First Financial Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86605 (D. Maine June 20, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Maine had occasion to consider the scope of an...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- May 30, 2013

In This Issue: Do Your Homework; Repeated Sexual Abuse = Multiple Occurrences, Says New York’s Highest Court; 5th Circuit Holds Policy Covers EPA Suit; Competitor’s False Ad Suit Covered By Liability Policy; and...more

Duty To Defend Limited to Theories Pled In Complaint

In most states, including Michigan, the duty to defend is not limited to the four corners of the complaint and the insurer must look behind the allegations asserted against the insured to determine whether there is a...more

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