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An Overview of North Carolina Premises Liability Law

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Accidents happen. But how do you determine whether an injury on someone else's property is just an unavoidable accident or a potential legal liability? As in other areas of personal injury law, the analysis typically is based...more

Time to Elevate Insurance Provisions That Allocate Loss: Enhancing Coverage Under Executive Risk Liability Policies

by King & Spalding on

One of the primary functions of an executive risk liability policy, such as a directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policy, is to protect companies from the risk of covering costs incurred in the defense of its corporate...more

The Metaphysics of When an Accident is an “Accident” (or Not) Under Your Insurance Policy

As an undergrad, I remember taking an introductory philosophy class. When we came to the chapter on metaphysics our professor asked what makes an apple an apple? “We have a specific name for it, presumably, to distinguish it...more

The New 2017 AIA Contract Forms Add Exhibit A Requiring Greater Specificity in Contractually Required Insurance

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In negotiating contracts based on the AIA’s widely-used construction industry forms, construction owners and contractors will soon start seeing the AIA’s new seven-page Insurance “Exhibit A,” which requires a more...more

Bank Holding Company Execs Not Entitled to Insurance Coverage

Is a bank holding company that owns and operates banks the same entity both pre- and postbankruptcy filing for the purposes of pursuing directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage? Yes, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth...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

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

Is Recent Legislation a Prediction of Statutory Dram Shop Liability?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There is no question; drunk drivers are a danger to everyone on the road – including themselves. Recognizing that, many states have enacted dram shop laws; laws that hold restaurants or bars that overserve patrons and then...more

Types of Insurance That May Apply if You Are Injured in a Car Accident in North Carolina

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In 2015, there were over 250,000 reported car accidents in North Carolina. And, unfortunately, statistics suggest that nearly every driver will be involved in at least one car accident in their lifetime. Given these numbers,...more

Three Risks to Assess as Your Company Considers Blockchain

Distributed ledger technology, often called “blockchain,” is rapidly emerging as a potential solution for businesses in many sectors, often with promises of increased security, reduced risk and greater efficiency. With any...more

SEIA’s Finance & Tax Seminar Soundbites

Below are soundbites from panelists at the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Finance & Tax Seminar in New York City. The seminar was held on June 1 and 2, but only comments from the second day are reflected below....more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

Liability Coverage Policies: Property of the Estate to Which the Automatic Stay Applies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When a chapter 7, 11, 12 or 13 case is filed, two key items spring into life. The first is a new entity called the bankruptcy estate which is comprised of all of the debtor’s non-exempt legal or equitable interests in...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

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

The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Insurance Implications

by Jones Day on

As autonomous vehicles move toward mass implementation, businesses in this industry segment are studying product liability questions that will arise, some of which are likely to be distinctly different in character from the...more

Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act Broadens Its Application

Ohio’s Consumer Sales Practices Act (the CSPA) makes it unlawful for “suppliers” to engage in unfair, deceptive or unconscionable acts or practices in connection with a wide variety of consumer transactions, including...more

Ninth Circuit: Excess Insurers Must Tread Carefully When Rejecting Demands Exceeding Primary Limits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Under California law, a liability insurer has a good faith duty to reasonably settle claims within its policy limits. In Diamond Heights Homeowners Association v. National American Insurance Co., the California Court of...more

Blowing the Whistle on Willful Misconduct: California Court holds that False Claims Act Suits Are Uninsurable Due to Public Policy

by Carlton Fields on

Willful misconduct is uninsurable. It is a fundamental principle of insurance, and it makes sense to both the lay and the lawyerly. But few states go as far as to codify this principle in the insurance code. California is an...more

Does the Motor Vehicle Exclusion in your Homeowners Policy apply in every case?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has a critical expertise in analyzing both Auto and Homeowners policies. One of the more confusing areas is whether a Homeowners or Renters liability policy can somehow...more

Auto Dealership Liability for Accidents Occurring During Test Drives: How to Protect Your Dealership

by Jaburg Wilk on

Prospective car buyers are no different than the drivers we encounter daily on the road: some are skilled, some are not so skilled. Add to that the prospective buyer’s unfamiliarity with the vehicle they are test-driving,...more

Insurance Claims Report Spotlights Risks To Assisted Living Facility Operators

Late last year CNA, one of the nation’s largest commercial insurance companies, issued a report summarizing professional liability insurance claims for senior living facilities that it closed between 2011 and 2015. Although...more

They threatened to sue! What do I do? (Law note on construction disputes)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

I just spent some time answering emails from folks worried because they’ve been threatened with a lawsuit over a construction project gone bad. They want to know: Can they do that? What can they get? But what...more

Indiana Federal Court Holds No E&O Coverage for Overdraft Fees Class Action

In its recent decision in BancorpSouth, Inc. v. Fed. Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10817 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 26, 2017), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, applying Mississippi law, had...more

SPECIAL REPORT: Reservation of Rights

by Collins & Lacy, P.C. on

The South Carolina Supreme Court has concluded that: (1) an insurance company’s reservation of rights letter was insufficient and the insured had therefore waived its coverage defenses; (2) even if the reservation of rights...more

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