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Pennsylvania Court Holds Faulty Workmanship Not an Occurrence

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. Gabe’s Constr. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37533 (M.D. Pa. Mar. 25, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, applying Wisconsin law, had...more

Florida Court Addresses Classification Limitation Endorsement

In its recent decision in Dumbacher v. Landmark Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29106 (M.D. Fla. Mar. 10, 2015), the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider the application...more

Silica Dust Damage Held Barred by Pollution and Faulty Workmanship Exclusions in New York

Building construction frequently generates silica dust, a substance that can cause lung disease and other respiratory problems.  Abrasive sand-blasting or jack hammering as well as concrete drilling and block cutting can lead...more

Texas Supreme Court weekly orders (3/15)

The three cases involve (1) whether a liability insurer must pay the plaintiffs who received an assignment from the insured after the insurer failed to defend, (2) whether the former owner of a chemical plant is liable for...more

Whose Money Is It? The Interplay of the SIR and the Made-Whole Doctrine

A self-insured retention or “SIR” typically refers to a dollar amount stated in a liability policy that the insured must satisfy before the insurer is required to defend or indemnify a claim. In most instances, the insured...more

Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 4 of 5: Monitoring Wage and Hour Compliance Remains Paramount for Employers Seeking to Avoid...

Recently, Mintz Levin held a seminar in New York City that addressed some of the major challenges employers are facing in the New Year. Our program contained segments on New York City’s paid sick leave law, effective...more

A Delayed Defense is a Waiver of Civil Code Section 2860

When presented with a lawsuit potentially seeking covered damages, a liability insurer owes a duty to defend and is faced with three options:1) tender the defense unconditionally and therefore control the defense, including...more

Divided New York Court of Appeals Holds That Under Noncumulation Clause Only One Limit Is Available to Cover Multiple Claims

In Nesmith v. Allstate Insurance Co., New York’s highest court, over a two-judge dissent, held that under the noncumulation clause in a landlord’s liability policy, only one limit was available to cover claims by children...more

Texas Supreme Court Incorporates Limitations From An “Insured Contract” Into GL Policy

In In re Deepwater Horizon, Cause No. 13-0670, Slip Op., Feb. 13, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court held that an allocation of liability found in an “insured contract” would determine the coverage provided to an additional...more

Fracking: Yes! There’s Insurance Coverage for That!

Some people believe that “fracking” – the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology – is a miracle, increasing the extraction of oil and gas from places deep under the ground where hydrocarbons were...more

Target Data Breach Price Tag: $252 Million and Counting

In a recently-released Form 8-K filing announcing fourth quarter and year-end financial results, Target Corporation reported that expenses incurred in 2014 relating to its 2013 data breach totaled over $191 million. Those...more

Colorado: No Prejudice Required to Enforce Date-Certain Notice Requirements in Claims-Made Policies

In Colorado, under the notice-prejudice rule, an insured who gives late notice of a claim to his or her liability insurer does not lose coverage benefits unless the insurer proves that the late notice prejudiced its...more

Texas Court Holds No Duty to Defend Claims of Monopolistic Practices

In its recent decision in Uretek United States v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18610 (S.D. Tex. Feb. 17, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas had occasion to consider a general...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending February 13, 2015

Foreclosure: trial court violated purchaser’s procedural due process rights in setting aside judicial sale of property without giving notice to purchaser. Further, trial court abused its discretion in setting aside judicial...more

Trends To Watch In Cyber Liability and Reputational Insurance

With major data breaches again making news, it is important for corporate policyholders to keep abreast of insurance developments in this emerging and fast-moving area. In this update, we provide some thoughts on cyber...more

Undercover of the Night – Hacking, Data Breaches And The Terrorism Exclusion

In recent years, there have been several notable large data breaches that have caught the attention of the media. Home Depot and Target are examples of major corporations that have been hacked. ...more

The Blame Game- Unhealthy Lifestyles and Work Comp

I believe that people are responsible for their actions in life, particularly  decisions they make that affect their own personal health. Although I represent injured people, I may personally disagree with a sensational jury...more

Biochemics, Inc. v. Axis Reinsurance Co.: When Does a D&O “Claim” Occur?

A recent decision of the United States District Court for Massachusetts underscores the need for holders of director and officer (“D&O”) policies to provide timely – and early – notice of a claim, especially when the SEC...more

Eighth Circuit Deems Legal Threats a “Claim;” Regulation Requiring Prejudice Inapplicable

On January 9, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit handed down Philadelphia Consolidated Holdings Corp. v. LSi-Lowery Systems, Inc., which decided whether a technology company’s claim was covered under its...more

The Case of the Zealous Defense Counsel

A law firm asked us for advice a few months into a fast-moving intellectual property lawsuit. The complaint alleged trademark and copyright infringement claims against the company and two of its officers. They noted that...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2015 #2

More Important Rulings From J.P. Morgan's New York Coverage Litigation - Why it matters: A New York Appellate Court unanimously held that a group of insurers could not invoke a Dishonest Acts Exclusion in a...more

Looking At Angles Of Liability After A Cyberattack

All employers have personnel data on their information technology systems and devices. This data includes personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, birth dates and Social Security numbers of employees and...more

Risk Management, Indemnification and D&O Coverage — Texas Wall Street Women Style

My colleagues Heidi Lawson, Dionne Lomax, and I just finished our tour of four Texas cities in as many days, meeting a lot of incredibly talented, smart, and fun Wall Street women (yes, and some men too) in San Antonio,...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Applies Pollution Exclusion to Well Contaminated with Manure

Recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the pollution exclusion applies to well water contamination arising from the application of manure to nearby farmland, relieving a general liability insurer of its duty to...more

January 2015: Insurance Litigation Update

Risk Developments in the U.S., UK, and Australia. We have recently had the opportunity to talk to liability insurers in the U.S., UK and Australia about risk developments in those jurisdictions. There are both surprising...more

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