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Lost Insurance Policy? Pursuing Coverage for Long-Tail Environmental Liability Still Feasible

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Companies facing environmental cleanup liability typically confront claims that are brought multiple decades after the alleged polluting activity took place. This passage of time often results in the loss or disappearance of...more

The Insurer’s Dilemma: To Produce, or Not to Produce?

by Zelle LLP on

“Request for Production Number 25: Produce the entire underwriter’s file for underwriting the policy.” This familiar discovery demand has become far too common in the realm of insurance coverage litigation, and the request is...more

UK: FCA 2017/2018 Business Plan - Sector priorities for general insurance

by Hogan Lovells on

In its recently published 2017/2018 Business Plan the FCA outlines its priorities for the general insurance sector over the coming year and beyond....more

The Practical Import of the Carothers Decision on New York Practice Management Arrangements

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On April 5, 2017, the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court issued a decision in Andrew Carothers, M.D., P.C. v. Progressive Insurance Co., affirming a verdict by the lower court which allowed a defendant insurance...more

Appraisal Award Unenforceable Where Suit Limitation Period Expired Prior To Filing Suit: New York County Dismisses Storm Sandy...

Suit limitation provisions in insurance policies shorten the statutory period of time that a plaintiff may bring a suit against an insurer for certain causes of action. A New York court recently held that an appraisal award...more

When an Assault is not an Assault - Covered Up: SC District Court Denies Exclusion for Alleged Nightclub Assault and Battery

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a recent United States District Court decision, the court denied the insurer’s motion for summary judgment as to its duty to defend and indemnify for an alleged assault and battery. The facts of Certain Underwriters at...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

Cost of Insurance Litigation Review

by Carlton Fields on

As illustrated by the two examples here, recent decisions on preliminary motions seeking to dispose of or narrow the scope of claims challenging COI rate determinations suggest the industry may be enmeshed in litigation for...more

Louisiana Federal Court Finds Removal Proper As Dispute Could Relate To An Underlying Arbitration Clause In Insurance Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In this case, a Louisiana federal court denied a motion for remand of a former machinist’s asbestos-related claim, finding that an English insurer’s removal from state court was appropriate and that the dispute could relate...more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Insurer’s Payment to Insured’s Independent Counsel Erodes Policy Limits

A recent Fifth Circuit case highlights the potential risks of purchasing a defense-within-limits policy: If an insurer is obligated to hire independent counsel due to a conflict of interest, that counsel’s fees may erode your...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of "Shadow Insurance" Lawsuits

by Carlton Fields on

In a summary order issued February 23, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two so-called “shadow insurance” putative class action lawsuits — Ross v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance...more

New Bad Faith Guidance in Texas

by Saul Ewing LLP on

The Texas Supreme Court has announced five rules which the Court believes will “provide clarity regarding the relationship between claims for an insurance policy breach and Insurance Code violations.” USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v....more

Supreme Court says lawyer's referral of client to a doctor for treatment is attorney-client privileged communication, and out of...

The Florida Supreme Court declared that the attorney-client privilege shielded a motor vehicle accident plaintiff from being required to disclose that her attorney had referred her to a doctor for treatment. In Worley v....more

The Ninth Circuit Finds California’s Illustration Statutes Can Serve as the Predicate for UCL Liability

by Carlton Fields on

On March 3, the Ninth Circuit in Walker v. Life Ins. Co. of the SW, ruled that an alleged violation of California’s life insurance illustration statutes could serve as a predicate for liability under the California Unfair...more

Arkansas Revises Regulation Of Captive Insurance Companies To Create Incorporated Protected Cells And Dormant Captive Insurance...

by Carlton Fields on

Arkansas has amended its statutory regulation of captive insurance companies in two significant ways. First, following the lead of several other states and foreign jurisdictions, the amendment provides for the creation of...more

Eleventh Circuit Finds Dual Citizenship Defeats CAFA Diversity

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit recently denied a petition to appeal an order remanding a putative class action to state court, finding the defendant corporations’ dual citizenship defeated minimal diversity under the Class Action...more

SEC Staff Allows Brokers to Set Commissions for Mutual Fund “Clean Shares”

by Carlton Fields on

On January 11, the SEC staff issued an interpretive letter to the Capital Group (CG Letter) stating that Section 22(d) of the Investment Company Act does not prevent brokers from charging commissions for effecting...more

SEC Facilitates Product Charge Variations

by Carlton Fields on

SEC staff in December issued a Guidance Update that provides significant flexibility regarding how mutual funds and variable annuities (VAs) reflect multiple charge structures in their SEC registration statements....more

Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Insurance policies may not protect the credit union's lien - Today’s insurance world is a complicated scene. Insureds have more choice than ever for insurance coverage. If a federal credit union has a lien on a motor...more

The Answers to Some of Your Questions About What Airlines Can Do When a Flight is Overbooked and Someone Is Going to Have to Get...

Suddenly, the entire world is interested in learning about the laws governing airlines’ actions when a flight is overbooked. It isn’t every day that the entire world suddenly wants to learn all about something that you’ve...more

Sprouting Activity at the NAIC

by Carlton Fields on

Various NAIC groups have planted seeds for a number of regulatory initiatives that impact life insurers. The Cybersecurity Task Force has been tilling the ground in preparation for a third draft of the NAIC Cybersecurity...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds That Tower Crane Damaged By Superstorm Sandy Is Not Covered by Project’s Builder’s Risk Insurance...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Lend Lease (US) Constr. LMB Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. 11, 2017 N.Y. LEXIS 112 (N.Y. Feb. 14, 2017) - Early, in its opinion, the New York Court of Appeals noted that “[o]ne of the most dramatic images of...more

Will New Administration Speed VA Summary Prospectus?

by Carlton Fields on

President Trump’s nominee for SEC Chairman, Jay Clayton, could speed authorization of the variable annuity (VA) summary prospectus and related layered disclosure and shortened underlying fund report to shareholders. Doing so...more

What is Builders’ Risk and Why Do We Need It?

In negotiating construction contracts, the parties may ignore or give little attention to the project’s insurance requirements. Insurance provisions are oftentimes left untouched on the standard industry forms. One...more

FINRA Fines Firms for WORM Problems

by Carlton Fields on

Broker-dealers, including principal underwriters of insurance products, may retain required records in electronic format, subject to satisfaction of longstanding conditions. One such condition is that the records must be...more

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