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Class Action Against State Auto Concerning Homeowners’ Policy Limits Is One Worth Watching

Insurers typically adjust (or propose to adjust) the policy limits on a homeowners’ policy every year to take into account changes in the cost of construction. This is intended to help insureds make sure that sufficient...more

Disparate impact cases against HUD: Illinois federal court issues decision; update on D.C. case

Because of their potential impact on the CFPB’s conclusion that the ECOA and Regulation B encompass disparate impact claims, we have been following two insurance industry lawsuits involving a challenge to HUD’s Federal...more

California Court Considers Standard for Rescission

In its recent decision in Betty Douglas, et al. v. Fidelity National Insurance Company, 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 788 (Cal. App. Aug. 29, 2014), the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District, had occasion to...more

Texas Supreme Court Opinions and Orders (8/29/14)

As expected, the last order list of the Supreme Court's fiscal year was a busy one. The Court issued opinions in 12 argued cases, so I apologize in advance for the length of this post. There were no grants and no mandamus...more

City May Be Liable for Damage to Home Caused by Falling Tree in Inverse Condemnation and Nuisance

During a windstorm, a tree owned by the City of Pasadena fell on Mr. O’Halloran’s residence, causing damage to his home. Mercury Casualty Company paid Mr. O’Halloran for the damage pursuant to his homeowner’s insurance...more

Judgment Against Insurer For Fire Loss Reversed Due To Admission Of Opinion Testimony Of Non-Expert Volunteer Fire Chief

The S.C. Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a half million dollar verdict against a homeowner’s insurance company because the fire chief was allowed to testify regarding his opinion on causation. Fowler v. Nationwide...more

Florida’s 3rd DCA Continues to Reverse Trial Court Statute of Limitations Rulings

In Linares v. Universal Property and Cas. Ins. Co., 2014 Fla. App. LEXIS 10168, (Fla. 3rd DCA, July 2, 2014), the Court reversed the trial court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of the insurer (“Universal”), which...more

Waiver of Attorney-Client and Work-Product – You Can’t Be Just a Little Bit Pregnant

A recent Mississippi opinion dramatically underscores the dangers of an advice-of-counsel defense. In Willis v. Allstate Ins. Co., — F.Supp.2d —, 2014 WL 1882387 (S.D.Miss., May 12, 2014), the court held that the insurer had...more

Calif. Offers Regulation As Solution To Underinsurance

A wildfire ravages a community. A family’s home is among those destroyed. It is a total loss. The homeowners are eager to rebuild and turn to their homeowners’ policy. Having purchased coverage on a “replacement-cost” basis,...more

Failure to File a Proof of Loss is Fatal, and the Defense Does Not Require a Showing of Prejudice

On June 3, Connecticut’s intermediate level appellate court held that the failure of a policyholder to file a sworn statement in proof of loss was fatal to his claim....more

What Dogs are excluded from Coverage under Your Homeowners Insurance Policy?

People love their dogs! But----not all dogs are created equal--at least in the eyes of Homeowners Insurance Companies. Your liability for dog bites and attacks are covered under the liability portion of your Homeowners or...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Case Law Update

Conditions Precedent: summary judgment precluded by disputed issues of fact as to extent insured parties sufficiently complied with provisions of homeowners’ insurance policy – Solano v. State Farm Florida Insurance Co., No....more

Appellate Court Notes

SC18961 - Robbins v. Physicians for Women's Health, LLC - The plaintiff filed this medical malpractice against a hospital, the doctor, the midwife, and the company (“PWH”) that bought the assets of the hospital after...more

Claims Against Loan Servicer And Force-Placed Insurer Alleging Commission And Reinsurance Kickback Scheme Survive Dismissal

A putative class action involving force-placed home insurance and an alleged scheme for mortgage lenders to obtain kickbacks in the form of commissions, reinsurance premium, and other fees, has survived a motion to dismiss. ...more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2014

Policyholder Entitled to Select Counsel, Even Where Insurer Withdrew Reservation of Rights - Why it matters: An insured dissatisfied with counsel selected by its insurer was entitled to select counsel of its...more

Most Auto Accidents Are Excluded From Homeowners Coverage

In serious personal injury cases it is imperative to locate every possible source of insurance coverage. Often injury victims look to the at fault party's homeowners insurance even though the injuries arose from an automobile...more

Dog Bite Season and California Leads the Way in Most Dog Bite Claims

As we inch our way into summer in Southern California, Barry P. Goldberg warns that the warm weather brings in "dog bite" season as well. More kids running in the sprinklers, dogs on walks on and off leash, barbeques, swim...more

Florida, Georgia And Texas Appraisal Update: Is Causation A Coverage Question For The Court Or A Damages Question For The Panel?

In most jurisdictions, underlying coverage issues must be resolved prior to invoking appraisal in a first-party property claim. The question of what constitutes a coverage issue (typically reserved for a court’s judicial...more

Must Claims Severed From A CAFA Class Action Be Remanded To State Court? The Fifth Circuit Says No.

Following Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana filed a class action to recover under homeowners’ insurance policies that the state had received by assignment through a disaster relief program. The insurers successfully...more

Is That Covered?

If the long-term predictions prove to be true and we have a snowy Winter in 2013-14, policyholders may be faced with the issue of whether insurance covers damage to a business facility or home due to a roof collapse from the...more

Fannie Mae Issues Numerous Servicing Guide Announcements

Over the past week, Fannie Mae has announced numerous servicing policy changes through a series of Servicing Guide Announcements. In SVC-2013-25, Fannie Mae updated allowable bankruptcy attorney and foreclosure attorney fees,...more

What The Hail Is Going On In Texas?

Every lawyer knows that most state court lawsuits fall into a few general categories: slip and falls, auto accidents, employment disputes and collection actions. Year after year after year, the majority of state court...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Defectively Designed Windows and Doors May Give Rise to an “Occurrence”

On December 3, 2013, the intermediate Pennsylvania Court of Appeals decided Indalex, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, and concluded that an “occurrence” under a commercial umbrella liability policy may...more

Court of Appeal Discusses Coverage Exclusions in Homeowner’s Insurance Policy - Bawden v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, 2013...

This recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal contains an interesting discussion regarding the applicability of a coverage exclusion found within many standard homeowner’s insurance policies — the exclusion of claims...more

Serving Alcohol At Your Holiday Party

We here at the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment Law Group have been busy preparing for the holiday season. While holiday parties can be great fun, hosting a holiday party or placing holiday decorations in...more

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