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Shot Through the Heart, But the Excess Carrier Isn’t to Blame: Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars...

by Carlton Fields on

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis...more

Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis Specialty...more

New York Court Holds General Liability Insurer Has Duty to Defend Odor Claim

In its recent decision in Hillcrest Coatings, Inc. v. Colony Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4519 (N.Y. 4th Dep’t June 9, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, had occasion to...more

Courts Misunderstand the Meaning of “That Particular Part”

This is part one of a two-part series looking at how court decisions in recent years have thwarted general contractors’ reasonable expectation of coverage under their general liability policies....more

No-Fault vs. health insurance: What’s the better choice for crash victims?

by Michigan Auto Law on

Health insurance is full of landmines for unsuspecting car crash victims, who are subject to ‘auto exclusions,’ coverage limitations, managed care, HMOs and medical pre-approval requirements and ERISA liens....more

Second Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Sewage-Related Claims

In its recent decision in Cincinnati Inc. Co. v. Roy’s Plumbing, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9729 (2d Cir. May 31, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Addresses Trigger, Allocation, Exclusions, and Other Issues of First Impression in Coverage Litigation...

by Carlton Fields on

Connecticut’s intermediate appellate court addressed a number of novel issues in a wide-ranging opinion regarding primary and excess insurers’ respective duties to defend and indemnify their common insured for long-tail...more

No More Tears: Insurance Coverage For The "WannaCry" Ransomware Attack

by Jones Day on

This month's WannaCry "ransomware" attack—the first truly global incident of its kind—is believed to have affected at least 300,000 computers in over 150 countries, claiming among its victims many large corporations and...more

Washington Supreme Court Applies Efficient Proximate Cause Test to Pollution Exclusion

In its recent decision in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. Apr. 27, 2017), the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to address the concept of efficient proximate cause as it relates...more

Applying The Peppers Doctrine, Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Stay Of Insurer’s Declaratory Judgment Action

In Sentry Ins. v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2017 IL App (1st) 161785, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District had occasion to consider whether a trial court properly entered a stay on an insurer’s declaratory judgment action...more

Do you get Bragging Rights if the Malware Infecting your Computer was Named after Zeus?

by Bryan Cave on

Over the last decade as the specter of cyber attacks has increased dramatically, financial institutions have been encouraged to look into the use of cyber fraud insurance as one means of minimizing risk. A recent decision by...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

South Carolina Federal District Court: Insurer May Act in Bad Faith by Considering Extrinsic Evidence to Deny Duty to Defend

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 6, 2017, the United States District Court, District of South Carolina, found a genuine dispute of material fact existed as to whether a Roofing Limitation Endorsement in a liability policy barred the insurer’s...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

CGL’s “pollution exclusion” applies to “harsh soaps”: Oregon federal court

by Butler Snow LLP on

The latest round in the fight over the CGL’s “pollution exclusion” — which well-respected commentator Craig F. Stanovich has called “one of the least understood and most litigated portions” of the CGL — went to the insurance...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court adopts narrow interpretations of surface water exclusion and ensuing loss clause

In the Ridgewood Group LLC v Millers Capital Insurance Company, No. 1138 EDA 2016, February 27, 2017, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania analyzed two often troublesome policy provisions, the surface water exclusion and the...more

The Option to Repair: Making it Work

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

Florida homeowner insurers are seeing a significant increase in claims and litigation and are seeking ways to avoid costly litigation and expedite the claims process for their insureds. One option for the insurer is to...more

Connecticut Appellate Court Issues Mixed Ruling on Coverage for Asbestos Liabilities

by Jones Day on

Manufacturers with asbestos liabilities should pay attention to the March 7, 2017, ruling in R.T. Vanderbilt Company v. Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company by the Connecticut Appellate Court. While the court issued...more

Who is an Insured and What is a Claim? Circuit Courts Offer Guidance in Applying the “Insured vs. Insured” Exclusion in D&O...

by Carlton Fields on

Typical directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policies exclude from coverage claims brought by one of the company’s directors or officers against another, or between the company and any of its directors or officers. The...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES B.

by Field Law on

B. The wording “as a result of a peril insured against” in an insurance policy will be interpreted to include damage that happens as a direct result of the insured peril (increased cost to bring a damaged building up to code)...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

Insurance Coverage – Exclusion for Vehicles “Normally Made Available”

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Purchasing optional liability coverage for employees’ foreseeable personal use of company vehicles can prevent your employees from being financially at risk. Javier Medina v. Geico Indemnity Company ...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

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

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