The New York State Insurance Department has issued an ambiguous opinion taking the position that the amendment to Insurance Law §3420(a)(5), changing the “no prejudice” rule, applies to all liability policies, which arguably...more
In its recent decision in Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. The City of San Diego, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 18986 (2d Cir. Oct. 2, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more
In its recent decision in C.L. Thomas v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 10148 (Tex. App. Sept. 11, 2014), the Court of Appeals of Texas had occasion to consider whether an insurer was prejudiced by untimely notice...more
Even when the claims in a lawsuit arguably fall within the coverage terms of the defendant’s liability insurance policy, the circumstances might suggest facts that would establish a defense to coverage. In that case, the...more
The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of TIG Insurance Company, finding that AIU Insurance Company’s belated notice of claim to TIG under nine certificates of facultative...more
In a recent case in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, a plaintiff brought a putative class action alleging that defendants, a creditor and a debt collection firm, sent debt collection...more
Hailstorm claims for damage to roofs often involve belated notification that an already old or damaged structure has been further compromised. In a recent Texas case, the court provided a primer for carriers confronting such...more
Seeing a significant increase in the number of hail damage lawsuits in her courtroom, it appears Judge Jane Boyle of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas has figured out "What the Hail is Going...more
Policyholders often are cautioned to provide notice of a claim to their insurance carrier as soon as possible to avoid the risk that the carrier will deny coverage due to late notice. A recent court decision in New Jersey...more
In KeySpan Gas East Corp. v. Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., et al., — N.Y.3d –, (N.Y. June 10, 2014), a case involving two environmental damage claims, the New York Court of Appeals reversed an appellate decision which...more
In BSC Holding, Inc. et al. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — Fed.Appx. –, 2014 WL 929194 (10th Cir., March 11, 2014), the Tenth Circuit recently underscored how difficult it can be for an insurer to demonstrate prejudice as a result...more
In its recent decision in Craft v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2680 (Feb. 11, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, applying Colorado law, had occasion to consider whether...more
New Hampshire Ins. Co. v. Clearwater Ins. Co., No. 653547/2011, 2013 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 5117 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Oct. 31, 2013).
A New York State motion court granted part of a cedent’s motion for summary judgment in a case...more
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Michigan Federal Court Enjoins Arbitration Proceeding Because of Possible Misconduct -
Star Ins. Co. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co., No. 13-13807, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130379 (E.D. Mich....more
In This Issue:
- Southern District of New York Predicts That California Would Adopt Bad Faith Exception to Requirement That a Reinsurer Prove Prejudice for Late Notice Defense:
The United States District Court...more
In its recent decision in Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. The City of San Diego, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137873 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 25, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had occasion to...more
In its recent decision in McDowell Bldg. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133166 (D. Md. Sept. 17, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Maryland had occasion to consider Section 19-110 of...more
Ins. Co. of PA. v. Argonaut Ins. Co., No. 12 Civ. 6494 (DLC), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110597 (S.D.N.Y. Aug 6, 2013).
A New York federal court applying California law granted partial summary judgment to a reinsurer on the...more
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GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT?
Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013).
In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more
In its recent decision in Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. SGS Petroleum Service Corp., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 12425 (5th Cir. 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, had occasion...more
AIU Ins. Co. v. TIG Ins. Co., No 07 Civ. 7052 (SHS), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41716 (S.D.N.Y Mar. 25, 2013).
In a rare late notice case, a New York federal court examined whether the cedent's notice under nine facultative...more
In This Issue:
- District of New Jersey Stays Medical Malpractice Suit Pending Arbitration:
Finding that a dispute between a medical malpractice insurer and a reinsurance underwriter fell squarely within the...more
In This Issue:
- Assignment of Right to Collect on Reinsurance Treaty Held Not to Include Underlying Arbitration Clause:
On February 25, 2013, the United States District Court for the Northern District of...more
Insurers frequently attempt to avoid their coverage obligations by contending that their insureds provided late notice of claims or occurrences....more
Although late notice cases are infrequent, 2012 featured some notable decisions, highlighting the implications of choice-of-law and state-law differences on the requirement of a show of prejudice. For instance, in Pacific...more
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