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California Court Rejects Primary Carrier’s Excess Other Insurance Position

In its recent decision in Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 275 (Cal. App. Apr. 11, 2016), the Court of Appeal of California for the Third Appellate District had occasion...more

How General is “General Aggregate?”

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there are several key differences between umbrella and excess coverage. One such distinction is that an umbrella policy can apply to multiple underlying policies. This makes...more

Insurance Coverage – UM/UIM Coverage Under Excess Policies

Larry Haering v. Topa Insurance Company - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (February 3, 2016) - Uninsured (“UM”) and Underinsured Motorist Coverage (“UIM”) were created by statute (Insurance Code...more

Insurance Insight - California: Appellate rulings highlight importance of understanding auto coverage

Two recent decisions from the California Court of Appeal highlight the importance of understanding one’s auto insurance. Both cases left the policyholders without coverage for serious injuries that a simple policy review...more

California Court Holds Excess Policy Did Not Provide UM/UIM Coverage

In Haering v. Topa Insurance Company, 2016 Cal.App.LEXIS 78 (Feb. 3, 2016), California’s Second Appellate District had the opportunity to examine whether a “follow form” excess policy must provide uninsured/underinsured...more

Court Holds that Following Form Excess Policy Wording Does Not Also Include Underinsured Motorist Coverage of Primary Policy

In Haering v. Topa Insurance (No. B260235; filed 2/3/16), a California appeals court held that an excess liability insurance policy that “followed form” to an underlying primary policy providing uninsured...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

Insurance Insight - Florida: Claimant’s bad-faith claim doomed by insured’s failure to cooperate during settlement negotiations

A federal District Court applying Florida law recently ratified an insurer’s diligent responses to a claimant’s cat-and-mouse attempt to manufacture a bad-faith set-up claim. The ruling is interesting because it addresses two...more

Texas 5th Circuit Holds Settlement for Less than Policy Limits Did Not Exhaust Primary Policy

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit held that a primary policy was not exhausted, after the primary insurer made settlement payments that did not exceed the primary policy limits, even though the insured contributed...more

Federal court in Florida provides helpful case study in insurance “choice of law” tactics

The Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion that addresses some rarely discussed nuances of insurance choice of law disputes. Sun Capital Partners, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 12-CV-81397, 2015 WL...more

Insurance News, Summer 2015

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee asked Michael Menapace to testify as an expert witness at a hearing called by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security entitled, "Examining the...more

Uber’s Battle with its Excess Carrier

In a lawsuit filed this week, Evanston Insurance Co. sued Uber Technologies Inc. alleging that it is not required to cover Uber's settlement of a lawsuit involving a fatal car collision that involved a family and an Uber...more

The Tenth Circuit rejects excess insurers’ implied duty to investigate and initiate settlement negotiations

Interpreting Oklahoma law, the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently held that the duty of good faith and fair dealing does not require that an excess insurer, unlike a primary insurer, affirmatively investigate...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015 #3

Two Years, Too Long for Coverage Under Claims-Made-and-Reported Policy - Why it matters: Claims-made-and-reported policies require that the claim be both made against the insured and reported to the insurer within the...more

Hawaii Supreme Court Holds a Primary Insurer Cannot Gamble with the Excess Insurer’s Money

On June 29, 2015, in responding to a certified question from the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, the Hawaii Supreme Court held in St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mutual Ins. Co., SCCQ-14-0000727,...more

Georgia Courts Reject Two Common Setup Tactics

In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit sought and then applied the Georgia Supreme Court’s answers to two certified questions about policyholder settlements made without the insurer’s consent. Piedmont Office Realty...more

Kentucky Federal Court Sustains Hospital Insurer’s Denial of Claim Due to Untimely Notice, Declines to Require Insurer Show...

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky recently held that an insurer properly denied coverage to a hospital because the hospital gave untimely notice of the claim. In Ashland Hospital Corporation v. RLI...more

Mind the Gap! Avoiding Unexpected Gaps in Insurance Programs

No one insurance policy covers all liability risks. Risk managers expect to purchase several types or layers of insurance to cover different types of insurance liabilities, to provide sufficient limits for a catastrophe loss,...more

United States District Court In Texas Holds AXIS Excess D&O Policy Cannot Be Triggered Where Insured Settled With Primary Insurer...

In a May 12, 2014 ruling, one week before the scheduled start of trial, United States Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell granted Summary Judgment to AXIS Insurance Company finding that the insured's settlement with its...more

Excess Insurer v. Primary Insurer: Supreme Court of Missouri Recognizes Right of Excess Insurer to Recover from Primary Insurer...

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., et al. 2014 WL 6958157 (Mo. banc. December 9, 2014) - In a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a decision by the Missouri Court of...more

Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for Primary Insurer on Insured’s and Excess Insurer’s Bad Faith...

Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., No. SC 93792 (Mo. Dec. 9, 2014). Supreme Court of Missouri rules in an en banc decision that neither an excess judgment nor a failure to pay policy limits are essential elements...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - January 2015

In This Issue: - District of South Carolina: No Support For Award of Punitive Damages Where Insured Failed To Prove Recklessness by Insurer - Supreme Court of Missouri Reverses Grant of Summary Judgment for...more

Are Your Company’s Directors and Officers Suitably Insured for Negligence and Civil Fines and Penalties?

Corporate directors and officers have a long list of things that can keep them up at night. Personal liability for civil fines and penalties arising out of negligence should not be one of them. Companies often must or will...more

Et tu, Buddy?: When Excess Insurers Sue for Bad Faith

Insurers don’t, as a rule, like bad faith suits. But life can play funny tricks—as when a judgment against an insured breaches a layer of excess coverage, because the primary carrier failed to settle within its policy...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

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