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Contra Proferentem Doesn’t Always Mean ‘Against the Insurer’

Despite best efforts, ambiguities are inevitable in contracts. The doctrine of contra proferentem shifts the risk of ambiguity to the party that drafted the contract. The doctrine is frequently applied against insurers where...more

Latest Developments in Arbitration for the Construction Law Practitioner

G. T. Leach Builders V. Sapphire V.P.: Non-Signatories’ Right to Compel Arbitration; Waiver of Right to Arbitrate - By far, the most recent, significant arbitration development for construction law practitioners was the...more

“Cooperation is Key” – Second Circuit Affirms Employer’s Ability to Fire an Employee for Refusal to Cooperate In an Internal...

In 2004, as then NY Attorney General Elliot Spitzer focused his efforts to root out fraud in an insurance brokerage giant, Marsh & McLennan, two Marsh executives, William Gilman and Edward McNenney, were caught in his...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

Protecting Agency/Brokerage Trade Secrets Amidst High Industry Turnover

Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever. The average worker will change employers eight times over the course of his or her career. This increased workforce fluidity highlights the need for employers to protect their...more

Insurance Broker Had No Duty to Inform Security Company Insured of Change in Exclusion Language for Alarm Systems

Schlossberg v. B.F. Saul Insurance Agency of MD, Inc., Case No. GJH-13-3076 USDC (Dist. of Maryland, Southern Div.) December 8, 2015 - Plaintiff was the bankruptcy trustee for DTM, a company that provided security guards...more

Contractual Assignees Are Not Subject To Equitable Subrogation Rule Of Superior Equities

In AMCO Ins. Co. v. All Solutions Ins. Agency (No. F070038, filed 2/8/16), a California Court of Appeal held that claims against an insurance broker for failure to procure requested coverage are assignable, and that express...more

UK Regulators Take Action against Three Firms and Five Individuals for Insurance Scheme Failures

The Financial Conduct Authority banned Mr. Shay Reches from performing any function in relation to a regulated activity and fined him £1,050,000. Mr. Reches also agreed to pay £13,130,000 to three insurers, which amount, if...more

Skirmishes Along The Cyber Coverage Frontier: Hotel Monteleone And Lloyd’s Of London Fight Over PCI-Related Losses After Data...

While the market for specialty cyber insurance policies has heated up considerably over the past few years, a good deal of uncertainty still affects the market as the scope of these newly-minted policy provisions remains...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #3

FCA publishes pensions report - FCA has published its Retirement Income Market Data report for the period of July to September 2015. It covers: - choices made by consumers accessing their pensions; -...more

New York Federal District Court Dismisses Third Party Claim Against Insurance Brokerage Service

In what the court termed a “risk-free reinsurance scheme [that] proved anything but,” a New York federal court dismissed a third-party claim against the insurance brokerage service that put the two parties to the insurance...more

Illinois Court Leaves Former Employer Without Remedy After Invalidating Its Overly Broad Restrictive Covenants

Just days before Halloween, the Illinois Appellate Court sent a scary message to employers: We will not enforce or judicially modify your overly broad restrictive covenants! In AssuredPartners, Inc. v. Schmitt, No. 13 CH...more

Provide Notice (and 10 Other Tasks) When Pursuing a Construction Claim

When dealing with construction claims—whether one for construction defects, outstanding payment, or delay damages—an initial hurdle is making sure that proper notice has been given. Generally, you have to make sure that you...more

5th Circuit Affirms the Dismissal of Federal Antitrust Claims Against Insurance Broker on McCarran-Ferguson Act Grounds While...

On September 23, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Sanger Insurance Agency v. HUB International, affirming the dismissal of plaintiff's federal antitrust claims based upon the McCarran-Ferguson Act (15...more

British Columbia Toughens Expectations Related to Creditor’s Group Insurance

British Columbia’s Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM) has issued Information Bulletin INS-15-002?, which sets out FICOM’s expectations for insurers, exempt sellers and creditors regarding creditor’s group insurance...more

Insurance Focus: Complaints Management by Insurance Intermediaries

On 1 September 2015, IVASS (namely, the Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority) published the draft decision on complaints management by insurance intermediaries, bound to amend and integrate the well known Regulation No. 24...more

Are Insurers Engaged in Deceptive Practices and Illegal Pricing? If so, what can be done about it?

We wish to call attention to a disturbing trend, that even in the highly regulated field of personal lines coverage, homeowners and auto policies, the insurance industry is engaged in courses of conduct designed to write...more

A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule, which defines the term "fiduciary" as it applies to persons who provide "investment advice" to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of fiduciary...more

Courts Continue to Catalogue Client and Lawyer Agents Outside Privilege Protection

Under the majority view, the only client agents/consultants inside privilege protection are those essential for the client-lawyer communications. Although courts take a more varied view of lawyer agents/consultants, many...more

IREG Update - September 2015

Hot Topic: New York's certificates of insurance law now in effect - The new law addresses long-standing industry concerns and codifies opinions issued by the New York Insurance Department's (predecessor to the Department...more

When the Going Gets Tough, Make Sure There’s an **All-Star** Insurance Broker on Your Roster

In our practice representing policyholders in disputes with their insurers, we work closely not just with clients, but with the clients’ insurance brokers as well.  This blog celebrates the All-Stars—those brokers who are...more

Appellate Court's Disposition And Remand Of Matter

In Ducoing Management Inc. v. Superior Court (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 306, the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District emphasized the importance of clear and understandable instructions to a lower court as...more

Insurance for Emerging Companies: Understanding the Insurance You Have

Our Insurance Recovery Group is often asked to help emerging companies understand their insurance program and assist with claims. This is the first in a series of posts that will address the insurance issues impacting growing...more

Is Your Insurance Brokerage Treating Commission Payable Statements as Trade Secrets?

In the modern insurance world, maintaining trade secrets is imperative for commercial success. Misappropriation of trade secrets will often lead to costly and protracted litigation, and can even irreparably harm a business....more

New Case Highlights Deep Hole in Cyber Insurance Policies

Insurance policies covering data breach liability began appearing roughly ten years ago. We noted then a troublesome provision in some forms that seemed to exclude coverage for the insured’s failure to maintain data security...more

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