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Michigan Supreme Court Holds That an Insurer’s Untimely Payment of Underinsured Motorist Benefits is Subject To Penalty Interest...

by Dickinson Wright on

The Michigan Uniform Trade Practices Act (UTPA) provides for 12% penalty interest on certain no-fault insurance claims that are not timely paid by the insurer. For “third party tort claimants,” penalty interest only applies...more

Dedmon: The Destiny Of “Reasonable” Medical Expenses In Tennessee Part II

by Butler Snow LLP on

In Tennessee, personal-injury plaintiffs may recover as damages the reasonable and necessary costs of the medical treatment that they received for their proven injuries. Until recently, a plaintiff’s ability to prove a...more

Top 10 Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, every Maryland defense lawyer knows that there is a cause of action that can be leveled against insurers for lack of good faith. Most even know that this cause of action is based on Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

UM, Wait a second! – Rekindled Exposure for Bad Faith Uninsured Motorist Claims in South Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court held a plaintiff can maintain a claim for bad faith handling of Uninsured Motorists Coverage (“UM”) in the District of South Carolina. In Tucker v. Peerless Insurance Company, the...more

Insurance Takeaways From Texas’ New Hailstorm Bill

by Zelle LLP on

On Feb. 1, 2017, the Texas Department of Insurance published the results of its presentation to the Texas Legislature titled: “Interim Charges: The Cost of Weather-Related Property Claims and Related Litigation.” Notably, the...more

Federal Court in Alaska Holds Insurer Liable Under E&O Policy to Indemnify and Defend Construction Manager for Claims by...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

KICC –Alcan Gen. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37560 (March 16, 2017) - A Contractor/Construction Manager, KICC-Alcan General (“KICC”), entered into a subcontract with an MEP subcontractor,...more

Update On Liquidation Of The Home Insurance Company

by Carlton Fields on

The New Hampshire liquidation court approved the commutation, settlement, and release agreement between The Home Insurance Company (liquidating) and OIC Run-Off Limited (formerly known as The Orion Insurance Company) (OIC)...more

English High Court Of Justice Analyzes Standards Governing Fraudulent Inducement Claims In Reinsurance Disputes

by Carlton Fields on

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales approved the judgment of the trial court in a reinsurance dispute between Axa and Arab Insurance Group (Arig) related to certain insured energy construction risks. The trial court had...more

Multiple Instances of Defectively Designed, Manufactured, or Installed Windows Does Multiple Occurrences Make

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After previously holding that various claims against the insured, Pella, alleged property damage caused by an “occurrence,” thus triggering Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s (“Liberty”) coverage obligations under various CGL...more

Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack: eDiscovery Trends

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A small Rhode Island law firm has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company after the insurer refused to pay $700,000 in lost billings following a ransomware attack on the firm that locked down the firm’s computer files...more

Locked Out: Zillow’s Failure to Provide Insurer Timely Notice of DMCA Takedown Notice Precludes Coverage Under a Claims-Made...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last month the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington held that a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Takedown Notice triggered a policyholder’s obligation to notify its claims-made insurer....more

Texas Court Finds Policy Contained Delegation Clause Requiring Arbitration Under English Law

by Carlton Fields on

A Texas federal court addressed a dispute as to whether the insurance policy at issue contained an arbitration agreement and whether it required arbitration of the particular claim. Looking at the “Law and Practice” provision...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending April 28 & May 5, 2017

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure: final summary judgment in borrower’s favor inappropriate where borrower merely asserted that lender mistakenly filed copy of original note with court, instead of original, and where...more

Pennsylvania Court Confirms Multiple Trigger for Environmental Claims

by Reed Smith on

Recently, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania gave policyholders another victory in the continuing battle with insurers over application of the “multiple trigger” doctrine. In Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association...more

Oregon Supreme Court Revives Century-Old Statute to Award Attorney’s Fees to Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

The general rule regarding a party’s responsibility for legal fees in U.S. courts, known as the “American Rule,” provides that, barring a contrary contractual obligation or statute, each party is responsible for its own legal...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds 1-year Statute of Limitations on Flood Insurance Claims

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In Woodson v. Allstate Insurance Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a one-year statute of limitations in flood insurance claims. Briefly, Hurricane Irene flooded the home of...more

Florida Alert: Can a Liability Carrier be Sued for Bad Faith when Its Insured Was Not Exposed to Liability In Excess of the Policy...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Third District Court of Appeals finding recently held that in certain circumstances, a third party can maintain a bad faith claim against an insurer even if the insured is not exposed to liability in excess of the policy...more

Eastern District of Pennsylvania Dismisses Bad Faith Claims in Two Recent Decisions Where Plaintiffs Made Only Conclusory...

by Saul Ewing LLP on

Mittman v. Nationwide Affinity Insurance Co., No. 16-04658 (E.D. Pa. Apr. 10, 2017) - Jeremy Mittman’s car was rear-ended in a hit-and-run incident and both Mittman and his son sustained significant injuries. Mittman...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

Considering the Site of Insured Locations in Delaware

by Zelle LLP on

When faced with insurance policies covering large national or multinational companies that have insured locations scattered around the globe, courts can struggle when applying a choice of law analysis when there is no...more

When is a Flood a “Flood”: East Coast Edition

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Last month, heavy rainstorms in California brought to the forefront the issue of what is a “flood” under California law, particularly in regard to rain and surface water. We noted a California court held “flood” in its plain...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Position Accepted By Trial Court, And By Court Of Appeals, Was Insurance Company Bad Faith: Washington Supreme Court

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court just handed a defeat to Washington State liability insurers, holding that ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Company had a duty to defend a carbon monoxide poisoning case, notwithstanding a broad...more

Discovery Opinions Show Limits Of Privilege And Broad Standard Of Relevance

by Carlton Fields on

Three recent opinions issued by courts highlight the scope and limitations of a party’s right to discovery of reinsurance, reserve and allegedly privileged information in insurance coverage disputes....more

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