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Bad Faith: District Court Remands Case Involving In-house Adjuster

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court in South Carolina closed the door on removal of insurance bad faith actions where the in-house, non-diverse, claims adjuster is a co-defendant. In Aung v. GEICO, C.A. No.:...more

Mf Global Holdings Reinsurer’s $15 Million Bond Struck By Bankruptcy Court And Leave To Appeal Rejected By New York Federal Court

by Carlton Fields on

Two courts in New York recently issued decisions concerning Allied World’s ongoing coverage dispute with MF Global Holdings Ltd. over the former’s bankruptcy. As previously reported on this blog, the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Alternative Fee Arrangements When the Insurer Is Footing the Bill

Clients regularly ask their counsel to propose alternative fee arrangements and they are growing in popularity. While these arrangements can be beneficial for clients, they should be carefully considered when an insurance...more

Keep Viking Pump in Your Long-Tail Claim Toolbox

“Long-tail” claims involve personal injury or property damage from alleged exposure to injury-causing products, such as asbestos or PFCs, over a number of years and multiple policy periods. Courts in various jurisdictions use...more

Insurance Bad Faith – Genuine Dispute Doctrine

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Carmen Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Company - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (June 19, 2017) - The “genuine dispute doctrine” provides an insurer a defense against a bad faith claim when there is a...more

Policyholders (and the Courts) Continue to Ignore Section 1123 When Analyzing Insured v. Insured Exclusions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its anticipated decision in Indian Harbor Insurance v. Zucker, affirming a 2016 decision from a federal district court in Michigan that an Insured v....more

Washington Federal Court Rejects Policyholder’s “Separate Claim” Argument

by Carlton Fields on

In April, a federal district court in the Western District of Washington issued a decision in National Union Fire Insurance Co. v. Zillow, Inc. While at first blush, it may seem only of interest to those who work with media...more

Court Declines to Order Arbitration of Bad Faith Case, Applying California Over Federal Law

In Los Angeles Unified Sch. Dist. v. Safety National Casualty Corp. (No. B275597, filed 7/12/17), (“LA Unified”), a California appeals court held that a California state court has the discretion under state law to refuse...more

Positive Signs in the Enforcement of Late Notice Provisions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This year was off to a positive start in the realm of property insurance with a decision out of the Second Circuit upholding an at times embattled policy provision that is found in nearly every property insurance policy: the...more

Court Finds California Insurance Code Section 11658.5 Reverse-Preempts Section 4 Of The FAA

by Carlton Fields on

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA provided Seneca Family of Agencies with workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance for Seneca’s operations in California from 2004 to 2013. The parties...more

Who Will Be Handling Your Claims Under Berkshire Hathaway’s Latest Retroactive Reinsurance Deals?

by K&L Gates LLP on

In recent years, we have commented on the various retroactive reinsurance transactions that Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiary, National Indemnity Company (“NICO”), have entered into with ceding insurers regarding coverage...more

Texas Passes Bill to Curb Hail Litigation

Texas governor Greg Abbott recently signed legislation designed to curb the state’s recent spate of hail litigation against homeowner’s insurers. The new legislation, House Bill 1774 (and its counterpart Senate Bill 10), will...more

Poisoning the Well: Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause to Eviscerate Pollution Exclusion in Liability...

by Carlton Fields on

Professionals and practitioners in first party property insurance are likely familiar with the efficient proximate cause rule, which requires an insurance policy to provide coverage where “a covered peril sets in motion a...more

Beware of Common Insurance Company Tactics That Can Minimize Your Claim

by Howard Ankin on

Insurance companies frequently attempt to minimize or deny claims by using common tactics. Most individuals have little to no experience negotiating with insurance companies. The insurance companies know this and will use it...more

Eastern District of California: No Policy, No Bad Faith (in California)

by Saul Ewing LLP on

John Cordell Young, Jr. put Progressive on notice of a claim for the theft of his missing motor home, which was later found submerged in a canal with a pole wedged against the accelerator. Progressive’s investigation turned...more

Florida Should Move Away From Lex Loci Contractus

by Zelle LLP on

All litigators know choice of law issues can be complex, fact-intensive and outcome determinative. This is particularly true in cases involving subject matters where the individualized state laws are so divisive, which is the...more

Court Confirms Interim Arbitration Award Requiring Posting Of Pre-Hearing Security

by Carlton Fields on

Respondent moved for an immediate stay of an arbitration of claims relating to the purchase of insurance and to vacate the panel’s interim award requiring the posting of pre-hearing security.  Petitioner moved to confirm the...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Bad Faith Award Despite Issues With Policy Limits Demand

by Cozen O'Connor on

In Madrigal v. Allstate Indemnity Co., Cause No. 16-55830 (9th Cir. June 15, 2017), the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury award assessing $14 million in bad faith damages, even though it was unclear whether the insurer could have...more

Court Compels Discovery Of Reinsurance Allocation Information

by Carlton Fields on

In an action involving claims under facultative reinsurance for the reinsurance of asbestos risks, the reinsurer sought discovery of documents concerning the allocation of losses among the reinsurers on the program, and...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...more

Judgments

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No duty to obtain best price reasonable in a forced sale – upheld by Court of Appeal - (1) Rosserlane Consultants Ltd (2) Swinbrook Developments Ltd v. Credit Suisse International [2017] EWCA Civ 91 - This was the...more

Court Finds That Split in Underground Storage Tank is Not a Covered Collapse

In Tustin Field Gas & Food v. Mid-Century Ins. Co. (No. B268850, filed 7/3/17), a California appeals court ruled that a split in an underground storage tank, caused by the tank sitting on a rock for years, was not a covered...more

Ambiguous Application Questions Preclude Summary Judgment on Rescission Claim

In Duarte v. Pacific Specialty Ins. (No. A143828; filed 6/12/17, ord. pub. 6/29/17) a California appeals court held that an insurer was not entitled to summary judgment on its rescission claim because the disputed questions...more

Bankruptcy Court Requires An MF Global Holdings Bermuda Reinsurer To Post $15 Million Bond Before Deciding Motion To Compel...

by Carlton Fields on

In the most recent decision in an ongoing dispute between MF Global Holdings Ltd. and its (re)insurers, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Allied World to post a $15 million bond before the...more

WV Court Rules Earth Movement Exclusion Unambiguously Precludes Coverage Regardless of Whether Landslide Was a Man-Made or...

by Carlton Fields on

In Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company v. Chaber, No. 16-0490 (W. Va. June 1, 2017), the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a lower court’s decision, holding that damage caused by a landslide was...more

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