Notice Prejudice Rule

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Colorado Supreme Court: Insurers Need Not Show Prejudice to Enforce No-Voluntary-Payments Provision of Insurance Policy

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court overturned a decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado District Court in what is believed to be a seminal victory for insurers. In Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v....more

Late notice to insurer costs Maryland bank millions

Insurance law generally imposes on a policyholder the duty to give timely notice of claims to its insurance company. Sometimes, because of forgetfulness, ignorance, neglect, or a number of other reasons, companies fail to...more

Settling Parties Beware: Failing to Provide Notice to Your Insurer Before Settling May Doom Your Chance of Recovery

On April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued a decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co. Stresscon, a subcontracting concrete company, entered into a settlement agreement – without providing notice to its...more

Are Consent Judgments in Colorado Dead? Colorado Strictly Enforces “No Voluntary Payments” Clause

On Monday, April 25, 2016, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. v. Stresscon Co., No. 13SC815 (Colo. Apr. 25, 2016), holding that an insurer does not need to show prejudice to enforce a...more

Colorado Supreme Court Holds That An Insurer Need Not Show Prejudice If Denying Coverage For A Settlement Prior to Notice of Claim

On Monday, April 25, 2016, the Supreme Court of Colorado ruled that policyholders could not be indemnified for a settlement incurred before providing their insurers of notice of the claim—even if the insurer did not suffer...more

Late Notice: An Increasingly Dangerous Insurance Trap

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently issued its decision in Templo Fuente Vida Corp., et al. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co., (No: A-18-14)(074572), which may prove to deprive unwary insureds of valuable insurance coverage...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Strict Enforcement of Notice Provisions in Claims Made Policies

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently revisited its earlier decision in Zuckerman v. National Union Fire Insurance Fire Insurance Co., 100 N.J. 304, 495 A.2d 395 (1985) and upheld the strict enforcement of notice and...more

Policyholders Beware: Failure to Give Timely Notice, as Soon as Practicable During a Claims-Made Policy's Effective Dates or...

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that an insurer may disclaim coverage without showing it was prejudiced by a policyholder’s failure to comply with a claims-made policy’s notice provision. In Templo Fuente De...more

Don't Let Pre-Notice Defense Costs Get Away

When a policyholder first learns that they are facing litigation (or any third-party claim), they are immediately confronted with many pressing concerns. The primary concern is mounting a robust defense against the new...more

Massachusetts Highest Court Issues Important Decision On Insurers’ Duty to Defend and Liability for Multiple Damages

In Boyle v. Zurich American Insurance Company, 472 Mass. 649 (2015), decided on September 14, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) indicated, to the dismay of the insurance defense bar, that the right to...more

Montana Joins Majority of Courts Holding That Insurers Must Establish Prejudice to Disclaim Coverage Based on an Insured’s Late...

Joining a majority of states that have addressed the issue, the Montana Supreme Court recently held that “an insurer who does not receive timely notice required by the terms of an insurance policy must demonstrate prejudice...more

ERISA Preemption Trumps State Insurance Law Yet Again: Ninth Circuit Declines to Apply California’s Insurance Notice-Prejudice...

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a Plan participant’s attempt to extend California insurance law’s notice-prejudice rule to self-insured ERISA plans. Zagon v. Am. Airlines, Inc., 2015 BL...more

Seeing the Finish Line: Courts Increasingly Exempt Claims-Made Policies from the Notice Prejudice Rule

In a majority of jurisdictions, the “notice-prejudice rule” provides that an insurer may not deny a claim on grounds of late notice without demonstrating prejudice. The rule is statutory in some states and judicially crafted...more

Melissa Anderson v. Thomas Aul, 2015WI 19 25 (February 25, 2015)

In a significant decision the Wisconsin Supreme Court has held that claims-made-and-reported requirements in claims made policies should be enforced as written. An insured's failure to report a claim during the time required...more

Colorado Supreme Court Announces New Limit on the “Notice-Prejudice Rule”

On February 17, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued Craft v. Phila. Indem. Ins. Co., No. 14sa43, 2015 WL 658785 (Colo. Feb. 17, 2015), in which it held the notice-prejudice rule applicable to occurrence policies does not...more

Colorado Supreme Court Holds that the Notice-Prejudice Rule Does Not Apply to Date-Certain Notice Requirement in Claims-Made...

Like many jurisdictions, Colorado’s notice-prejudice rule generally provides that an insured who fails to provide timely notice of a claim does not lose policy benefits unless the insurer establishes that the late notice...more

Colorado Supreme Court Rejects Notice-Prejudice Rule for Claims-Made Policies

In its recent decision in Craft v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 2015 CO 11 (Feb. 17, 2015), the Colorado Supreme Court, on a certified question from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, had occasion to...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

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

Maryland Court Holds Prejudice Rule Applies to Claims Made and Reported Policy

In its recent decision in Navigators Specialty Ins. Co. v. Med. Benefits Administrators of Maryland, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22631 (D. Md. Feb. 21, 2014), the United States District Court for the District of Maryland had...more

10th Circuit Certifies Late Notice and Reporting Questions to Colorado Supreme Court

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

“Savings Clause” Still Threatens ERISA Plan Limitations

In Kentucky Association of Health Plans v. Miller, 538 U.S. 329 (2003), the United States Supreme Court restructured the ERISA preemption analysis and reaffirmed the holding in Unum Life Ins. Co. v. Ward, 526 U.S. 358 (1999),...more

Insurers Cannot Avoid Coverage Obligations Based on a “Technicality”

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently reiterated that insurers cannot escape their coverage obligations based on “technicalit[ies]” that do not prejudice the insurer. See Stresscon Corp. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am.,...more

NY Court Applies Old Late Notice Rule to A Post-January 17, 2009 Policy

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

Long-Awaited Colorado Court of Appeals Stresscon Decision a Mixed Bag

Extends Notice-Prejudice Rule to Voluntary Payments under Liability Policies, Finds “Other Insurance” Clauses Curb Double Damages Penalties and Leaves Pertinent Bad Faith Question Unanswered - The Colorado Court of...more

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