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Far-reaching reforms to insurance law – and what action to take

The Insurance Act 2015 (the Act) will come into force on 12 August 2016 and is set to have far-reaching effects on how businesses handle their insurance policies and renewals. The Act will affect non-consumer contracts and...more

Food Product Recalls – Are You Covered?

Food and beverage recalls, regardless of the reason, continue to proliferate in the news cycle. At the end of May General Mills issued a recall of 10 million pounds of flour due to a potential link to an outbreak of E. coli...more

Should You Withdraw The Reservation of Rights To Avoid Entry of a Consent Judgment?

An insurer that defends its insured against a third party’s lawsuit, while reserving rights to deny coverage to its insured for any judgment, may face a decision point when underlying settlement discussions become ripe to...more

New York’s Highest Court Issues a Noteworthy Decision, Rejecting “Pro Rata” Allocation in the Asbestos Bodily-Injury Context

On May 3, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously held that an “all-sums” method of allocation should be used to apportion liability among excess insurers based on the policy language at issue in the case. Contrary to...more

Tenth Circuit Reverses UM/UIM Coverage Notification Class Certification

The named plaintiff in Soseeah v. Sentry Insurance had a Sentry auto policy. She declined UM/UIM coverage when she initially purchased her policy, and renewed annually thereafter. In 2010, the New Mexico Supreme Court held,...more

Excess-Escape Other Insurance Provision Unenforceable to Avoid Defense Cost Contribution Despite Placement in Policy’s Coverage...

In Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co. (No. C072500; filed 4/11/16), a California appeals court found an “other insurance” provision unenforceable to excuse defense contribution between...more

Are You Adequately Protected by Your Cybersecurity Insurance? The Sky is the Sub-Limit

For businesses and nonprofit organizations searching for cyber insurance, it is important to know if your coverage limits are adequate. Whether you are in the market for a new policy or renewing an existing one, you should...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Reminds That Duty to Defend is Broader Than Duty to Indemnify

A liability insurance policy generally imposes two duties on the insurer: (1) a duty to indemnify the insured against claims that are covered by the policy, up to the policy limits; and (2) a duty to defend the insured...more

Insurance Insight - Florida: Claimant’s bad-faith claim doomed by insured’s failure to cooperate during settlement negotiations

A federal District Court applying Florida law recently ratified an insurer’s diligent responses to a claimant’s cat-and-mouse attempt to manufacture a bad-faith set-up claim. The ruling is interesting because it addresses two...more

Donald L. Myles, Jr. and Ashley Villaverde Halvorson Prevail on Motion for Summary Judgment for Mid-Century Insurance Company...

Donald L. Myles, Jr. and Ashley Villaverde Halvorson recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment for Mid-Century Insurance Company (Farmers), and were successful in limiting damages from a $3.3 million stipulated...more

Texas 5th Circuit Holds Settlement for Less than Policy Limits Did Not Exhaust Primary Policy

In a recent decision, the Fifth Circuit held that a primary policy was not exhausted, after the primary insurer made settlement payments that did not exceed the primary policy limits, even though the insured contributed...more

Florida Court Clarifies When Coverage Is Available Under Commercial Property Policy For Matching To Achieve Aesthetic Uniformity

In Great American Insurance Co. of New York v. The Towers of Quayside No. 4 Condominium Assn., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150358 (S.D. Fla. November 5, 2015), the court analyzed a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Great...more

Insurance Recovery Law - November 2015

Despite Prior Suits, Policyholder Entitled to Coverage for DOJ Investigation - Why it matters: A policyholder was entitled to coverage for a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation despite already facing possibly...more

Kansas: Safe harbor for insurer faced with settlement demand to only one insured

What should an insurance company do when liability of the insured is clear, the damages clearly exceed the limits, and the claimant sends a settlement demand that would exhaust policy limits while releasing only one out of...more

Beware of Good Intentions: Insurer Cannot Escape Duty to Defend by Interpleading Policy Limits That Were Not Subject to Competing...

On October 6, 2015, the United States District Court, Northern District of California held that an insurer breached its duty to defend by interpleading remaining policy limits and ceasing its defense of its insured. ...more

Illinois Court: Multi-year Policy Limits Applied To Entire Policy Period, Not Annually, And Payments For Potentially Covered...

An Illinois trial court recently addressed the issue of whether an insurer exhausted its limits of liability in paying nearly $90 million for an insured’s defense and indemnity associated with asbestos bodily injury claims. ...more

How Does The DOJs Recent Yates' Memo Impact Your Insurance Coverage For Government Investigations?

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (the “DOJ”) issued a memorandum that was authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and titled, “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing” (the “Yates...more

Mississippi Court Holds Defense Costs Outside of Limits

In its recent decision in Federal Ins. Co. v. Singing River Health System, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134814 (S.D. Miss. October 2, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi issued a decision...more

Can an insurer be liable for bad faith failure to settle without a settlement demand?

The Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, recently became the latest court to rule on this frequently-disputed issue. The court ruled that, while a primary insurer has an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations...more

Second Circuit Holds Auto Collisions Caused by Multiple Occurrences

In its recent decision in Nat’l Liab. & Fire Ins. Co. v. Itzkowitz, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16763 (2d Cir. Sept. 22, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

Under Illinois Law, Mine Subsidence Held to Be a Type of Excluded Earth Movement

Ever since Mattis v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 118 Ill.App.3d 612, 73 Ill.Dec. 907, 454 N.E.2d 1156 (1983), Illinois courts have held that an earth movement exclusion contained in a first-party policy applies only to earth...more

Texas Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Appellate Decision Clarifying Insurer’s Settlement Obligations In...

Last year in Patterson, et al. v. Home State County Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 4460, 2014 WL 1676931 (Tex.App., Apr. 24, 2014), the Texas First Court of Appeals (Houston) held that an insurer was not obligated to...more

A Judgment After an Adversarial Trial is Still Needed to Obtain Amounts Above the Policy Limits

Woodland Hills personal injury attorney Barry P. Goldberg is always looking for creative ways to obtain as much as possible for his clients. It has become more common that the value of the plaintiff’s injuries easily exceed...more

California Appellate Court Reaffirms Protection Against Stipulated Judgments

In 21st Century Ins. v. Superior Court (No. E062244; filed 9/10/15), a California appeals court confirmed that a defending insurer is not bound by a stipulated judgment entered without its consent, and the fact that the...more

Insurance News, Summer 2015

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee asked Michael Menapace to testify as an expert witness at a hearing called by the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security entitled, "Examining the...more

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