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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

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

California Court: Insurer Cannot Avoid Contractual Commitment to Defend Insured Against Federal Criminal Charges

In an important decision for directors, officers, non-profit executives and other insureds under directors and officers (D&O) and other liability insurance policies, the California Court of Appeal has held that an insurer...more

Weekly Law Resume - May 16, 2013: Insurance Coverage – Duty to Defend – Vacant Property

Travelers Property Cas. Co. of America v. Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles - Court of Appeal, Second District (April 17, 2013) - Most insurers do not like to insure empty buildings. Consequently,...more

Insurers Lose Defense Reimbursement Battle in Washington State

It’s cynically said that no good deed goes unpunished. The Washington State Supreme Court seems to agree when it comes to insurers’ reservations of rights to seek reimbursement of fees and costs they have paid for the defense...more

Montana Court Addresses Business Risk Exclusions

In its recent decision in Lukes v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17979 (D. Mont. Feb. 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider the application of the...more

Court Gives Insured Roofer the Bird – Late Notice is Sufficient to Deny a Claim

In Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company v. Value Waterproofing, Inc., 2013 WL 152854 (S.D.N.Y., 2013), the Southern District Court of New York held that a commercial general liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify...more

In Alabama, Cost of Complying with a PRP letter Now Insured Under CGL Policies

In a recent ruling of interest to any company named as a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) at a Superfund site, the Alabama Supreme Court has held that a PRP letter constitutes a “suit” under a comprehensive general...more

Alabama Supreme Court Holds PRP Letter Triggers Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. v. Ala. Gas Corp., 2012 Ala. LEXIS 174 (Ala. Dec. 28, 2012), the Supreme Court of Alabama addressed for the first time whether a PRP letter from the EPA qualifies as a...more

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