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Illinois Court Holds No E&O Coverage for Underlying TCPA Violation

In Margulis v. BCS Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 826 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer has a duty to defend an insurance agent under...more

Unprofessional Marketing: Illinois Appellate Court Denies Professional Liability Coverage for TCPA Violation

On November 26, 2014, an Illinois appellate court held that a professional liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because...more

Washington’s Courts Delivers Possible Double Whammy Limiting Insurers’ Ability to Use a Late Tender Defense to Delay Providing a...

Liability insurance policies require notice be provided to the insurer to allow the insurers time to adequately investigate and respond to claims. An insured’s failure to provide notice to its carrier can result in the...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- November 2014 #2

South Carolina Court Holds That Absent Substantial Prejudice, Late Notice Does Not Bar Insurer’s Coverage Obligations - Why it matters: A federal court in South Carolina ruled that absent a showing by an insurer...more

Well, That Seemed Exhausting: When Is an Excess Insurer Obligated to Post an Appellate Bond?

“You say to-may-toe; I say to-mah-toe,” or so the saying goes. According to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Charter Oak Insurance Company v. Maglio Fresh Food, No. 12-3967 (E.D. Penn. Sept. 9, 2014), the same can be...more

Texas Court Construes Professional Liability Policy to Require Defense of Law Firm in Fee Dispute

In Shamoun & Norman, LLP v. Ironshore Indemnity, Inc., Cause No. 3:14-1340, In the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, the federal district court construed a professional liability policy issued by Ironshore to...more

Insured v. Insured Exclusion Ambiguous, California Court Finds: Bank Ds And Os Entitled to Coverage for FDIC Suit

Why it matters - In the latest decision to weigh in on the scope of the Insured v. Insured exclusion, a California court has held that it is ambiguous as applied to suits brought by the FDIC, and therefore does not...more

Will your errors and omissions policy pay your defense costs?

The hypothetical - HealthPayPlus (HPP) designs custom record management systems for large hospital systems. HPP developed a system for Research Hospitals of America (RHA) that HPP promised would revolutionize RHA’s...more

Washington Supreme Court Narrows Efficacy of Late Notice Defense

Even when the claims in a lawsuit arguably fall within the coverage terms of the defendant’s liability insurance policy, the circumstances might suggest facts that would establish a defense to coverage. In that case, the...more

Nutmeg, Sí, Palmetto, No!: Travelers Wins Both Sides of Insurer-vs.-Insurer Dispute

Although large or protracted losses can implicate more than one liability policy, sometimes only one insurer steps up to provide a defense. When that happens, the insurer can try any of several ways to recover its expenses...more

Maryland Insurer Not Permitted to Rely on Business Pursuits Exclusion to Deny Duty to Defend Where Continuity of Business Interest...

In Springer v. Erie Insurance Exchange, the Court of Appeals set out to determine whether the allegations in a complaint for defamation triggered the Business Pursuits exclusion in a homeowner’s liability insurance policy...more

Is There a Duty to Defend Pollution Claims? It’s the Complaint, Stupid

This Spring, cases from Florida and Wisconsin reaffirmed the general proposition that a liability insurer’s duty to defend must be determined from the specific claims in the underlying complaint against the insured, and not...more

Peeking Around Four Corners: Wisconsin Insurers Have Found a Way to Use Extrinsic Evidence to Excuse the Defense of Pending Claims

It is a truism that a liability insurer’s duty to defend is extremely broad—especially in states that apply the “four corners rule.” Under that rule, the insurer has a duty to defend whenever the underlying complaint alleges...more

August 2014: Insurance Litigation Update

No Longer on the Hook for Indemnity: NY Court of Appeals Reverses Decision That Held Insurers Liable to Indemnify Where They Wrongly Refused to Defend a Claim. In a decision last year in K2 Investment Group, LLC v. American...more

If the Suit Fits: A Washington Court Clarifies Triggers for the Duty to Defend

Like many other federal and state environmental laws, Washington’s Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) exposes property owners to strict liability, regardless of fault or intent, for certain types of environmental contamination. ...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

D&O Coverage: The Devil Is In the Details

A five-paragraph opinion by the New York Appellate Division suggests the potentially devastating consequences of ignoring the fine print of Directors & Officers Liability insurance policies. In Associated Community Bancorp.,...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

The Duty to Defend: Understanding the Obligation and Identifying Some Tools Under Mississippi Law

Liability insurance coverage should always be an initial consideration when any business faces a claim or lawsuit. Do we have coverage for that? Ideally, the answer is an unqualified “yes.” In reality, the answer from an...more

Bad Caregivers Benefit From A Careless Defense

Where an insured defendant is sued under multiple theories and coverage is available for only some of them, an Ohio appellate court has ruled that the insurer’s duty to defend includes an obligation to recommend that the...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

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

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