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Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe? Part 2: North Carolina

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This article is a follow up to Bruce Wallace’s April 13, 2017 update, "Is your Motor Vehicle Loan Safe?" regarding how insurance policies may not protect the credit union’s lien. Specifically, Mr. Wallace’s update dealt with...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

Ninth Circuit Holds D&O Policy Bars Coverage of FDIC’s Claims

In a decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in finding for a directors & officers (D&O) insurer, denied coverage of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) claims against a failed bank’s former...more

What is a Morris Agreement?

by Jaburg Wilk on

A “Morris Agreement” is a “settlement agreement entered into when the insurer is defending under a reservation of rights under which the insured stipulates to a judgment, assigns his rights against the insurer to the...more

Insureds Cannot Shift Burden To Identify Claimed Damage

by Zelle LLP on

The first-party insurance claims process has always been pretty simple for the typical insured: call the agent to report a claim, identify and quantify the claimed damage, work cooperatively with the insurance adjuster to...more

An Analysis of Environmental Impairment Liability Issues

by Zelle LLP on

Environmental impairment liability (EIL) policies currently available in the market provide very broad coverage. Thus, an EIL policy may provide coverage for an insured’s owned site clean-up costs, off-site clean-up costs,...more

“Generic,” “Cut-and-Paste” Reservation of Rights Letter Ineffective

by Butler Snow LLP on

Insureds won a round the other day when the South Carolina Supreme Court held that reservation of rights letters, which it characterized as nothing but “generic statements of potential non-coverage coupled with” large...more

“Succeeds to the Interests of” Does Not Require Assumption of Obligations: D&O Policy’s Insured v. Insured Exclusion Applies to...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 24, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court reinstated a state trial court ruling that an “insured-versus insured” exclusion barred coverage under a D&O policy for the costs of defending a lawsuit. Because the D&O insurer...more

Oregon Supreme Court Rules Insurer May Owe Attorney Fees Even After Settlement

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Oregon Supreme Court, in Long v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon, ruled that “when an insured files an action against an insurer to recover sums owing on an insurance policy and the insurer subsequently pays the...more

Trio of Recent Decisions on the I v. I Exclusion Should Remind Policyholders to Annually Review the Language in Their Policy to...

D&O policies vary quite a bit from carrier to carrier, and language on “standard” exclusions can change from year to year. Accordingly, it is important to do a yearly review of your D&O policy to make sure your company has...more

The Eighth Circuit Applies Insured vs. Insured Exclusion to Non-Insured Co-Plaintiffs

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a significant decision interpreting one of the most frequently litigated exclusions in the world of D&O insurance, the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that an Insured vs. Insured exclusion applied to an insured director’s...more

Washington Supreme Court Limits “Insurance Fair Conduct Act” — Three Things Insurers Must Know

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Groundhog Day 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued its first major opinion interpreting the state’s 2007 “Insurance Fair Conduct Act” (IFCA). The decade-old legislation had caused shockwaves among insurers when its...more

The Implications of Insureds’ Illegal Conduct

by Zelle LLP on

Allegations of corporate bribery and corruption are increasingly frequent. According to a recent report by PwC, the World Bank estimates that more than $1 trillion is paid in bribes each year and 55 percent of global CEOs...more

California Supreme Court Concludes Attorney Invoices Privileged During Ongoing Litigation

Attorney invoices may be protected in their entirety by the attorney-client privilege during ongoing litigation. After litigation has concluded, however, those same invoices may be discoverable. So concludes the California...more

Appraisal is an Appraisal is an Appraisal, Except in Mass.

by Zelle LLP on

Like Gertrude Stein’s “rose”, an appraisal is an appraisal is an appraisal except in Massachusetts. Massachusetts’ version of appraisal is a statutory process named “reference.” Although a reference proceeding is very similar...more

Allocating a Pro Rata Defense Share to the Insured in Continuous Injury Cases

by Selman Breitman LLP on

In a matter of first impression, the Louisiana Supreme Court recently held that the duty to defend in a long latency disease case could be prorated between the insurer and insured. (See, Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp. 2016 WL...more

Superior Court of Delaware Finds that Settlement Amounts not Uninsurable Disgorgement

by Morris James LLP on

The Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division held in TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC v. Illinois National Insurance Company, C.A. No. N14C-05-178 (JRJ) (CCLD) that amounts TIAA-CREF paid in...more

Likelihood of success a prerequisite to insurer's duty to appeal, Mass. court rules

by Dentons on

On August 27, 2016, Judge Mitchell Kaplan of the Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County - Business Litigation Session, which handles only complex business litigation matters, issued a decision holding that an...more

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

by Zelle LLP on

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

Nevada Adopts Cumis Counsel Requirement – Who’s Next?

In September 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision in State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74, which held that Nevada law requires an insurer to provide independent Cumis counsel when there...more

New UK Insurance Act Coming into Force in August 2016 - Some Practical Tips for Policyholders in Anticipation of the Changes

by K&L Gates LLP on

As reported in our earlier alert the new Insurance Act (which will govern insurance policies placed, amended or renewed from 12 August 2016) is designed to provide a more up to date framework for commercial insurance in...more

Attorneys as Insurer Claim Handlers: No Special Privileges

by Coabana Holdings LLC on

Insurers increasingly are using law firms rather than traditional in-house personnel as claim handlers, particularly on major claims by business insureds. Insureds are impacted in two significant ways. A version of this...more

Illinois Court Addresses Insured’s Burden of Proof on Duty to Indemnify

In Consol. United Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Faure Bros. Corp., 2016 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 22 (Jan. 11, 2016), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider an insured’s burden of proof in a declaratory...more

What is the Meaning of…..

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In Rigby v Allstate Indemnity Company, (Maryland Court of Special Appeals, No. 0263, September 30, 2015, Krauser, C.J.) the intermediate appellate court (the “Court”) was called upon to decide a case of first impression in...more

Court Extends Kemper Insurance Company’s Contingent Claims Filing Deadline

by McCarter & English, LLP on

On November 2, 2015, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, entered an order granting a one-year extension of the deadline for filing proof of liquidation of an insured’s contingent claim for losses associated with...more

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