Prejudice

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Tenth Circuit Holds That Two-And-One-Half Years And Two-And-One-Half Million Dollars Do Not Constitute Prejudice

In BSC Holding, Inc. et al. v. Lexington Ins. Co., — Fed.Appx. –, 2014 WL 929194 (10th Cir., March 11, 2014), the Tenth Circuit recently underscored how difficult it can be for an insurer to demonstrate prejudice as a result...more

Court Affirms Parties’ Waiver Of Right To Compel Arbitration

A federal court of appeals has affirmed a district court’s decision that parties to a pending lawsuit waived their right to compel arbitration by waiting 11 months after that lawsuit was filed to invoke their right. Instead...more

R. v. Brownson: When can the Crown Amend the Information on Appeal?

In what circumstances should an appellate court permit the Crown to amend an information against an accused person at the appeal hearing? This was the question faced by the Ontario Court of Appeal in R. v. Brownson, 2013 ONCA...more

Changing the Federal Rules: Commentary Opens, Advocacy Thrives

Who should bear the burden of showing prejudice (or a lack thereof) as a result of spoliation? The innocent party or the spoliating party? This vexing catch-22, which requires proof of what isn’t there, has not only lead to...more

Top 5 Ediscovery Case Summaries - November 2013: Puerto Rico: Court Extends Duty to Preserve to Personal Email Accounts, Denies...

P.R. Tel. Co. v. San Juan Cable LLC, 2013 WL 5533711 (D.P.R. Oct. 7, 2013). In this antitrust case, the plaintiff sought an adverse inference instruction against the defendants, who allegedly failed to preserve...more

Status Hearings: Faris v. Eftimovski

For sometime now, litigants have largely treated status hearings as an ineffective procedural necessity in the litigation process. The result of these hearings is all too often an aggressive, court-approved litigation...more

Reinsurance Redux - Fall 2013

In This Issue: - Southern District of New York Predicts That California Would Adopt Bad Faith Exception to Requirement That a Reinsurer Prove Prejudice for Late Notice Defense: The United States District Court...more

Top EDiscovery Case Summaries - October 2013: Kansas: Court Refuses to Presume Prejudice Suffered by Deletion of ESI, Denies...

Herrmann v. Rain Link, Inc., 2013 WL 4028759 (D. Kan. Aug. 7, 2013). In this litigation brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act and related Kansas state law, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the defendants’...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

Maryland Court Considers Prejudice in Claims Made and Reported Policy

In its recent decision in McDowell Bldg. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133166 (D. Md. Sept. 17, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Maryland had occasion to consider Section 19-110 of...more

Defendant's Motion for Leave to Amend Invalidity Contentions Denied Where Defendant Disclosed Prior Art to Plaintiff But Waited...

Defendant Green Max Distributors, Inc. ("Green Max") filed a motion for leave to amend its invalidity contentions. In the motion, Green Max sought to add photos, publications, and prior-art references to its original...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013: New York Federal Court Applying California Law Allows Trial On Prejudice Because Of...

Ins. Co. of PA. v. Argonaut Ins. Co., No. 12 Civ. 6494 (DLC), 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110597 (S.D.N.Y. Aug 6, 2013). A New York federal court applying California law granted partial summary judgment to a reinsurer on the...more

Reinsurance Newsletter - September 2013

RECENT CASE SUMMARIES - GOOD NEWS FOR ARBITRATORS FROM THE SUPREME COURT? Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter, 133 S. Ct. 2064 (2013). In a non-reinsurance case, the United States Supreme Court recently...more

Lennar Corp., et al. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co., No. 11-0394 (Tex. Aug. 23, 2013): Texas Supreme Court Affirms 'All Sums' Allocation...

On August 23, 2013, in Lennar Corp., et al. v. Markel Am. Ins. Co., the Texas Supreme Court issued an opinion that confirms two important aspects of pro-policyholder insurance law, despite insurers’ repeated attempts to...more

Right To Compel Arbitration Agreement Not Waived If Plaintiff Suffered No Prejudice From Delay

In a post last week, we noted a recent trend of federal courts strongly enforcing employment arbitration agreements under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)....more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Insured’s Attempt to Use Lack of Prejudice When Notice Provision is Separately Negotiated

The 5th Circuit rebuffed an insured’s attempt to circumvent policy language requiring notice within 30 days of a pollution occurrence in a bumbershoot (umbrella) policy in Starr Indemnity & Liability Company v. SGS Petroleum...more

Missouri Court Holds Prejudice Requirement Inapplicable to Claims Made Policy

In its recent decision in Secure Energy v. Phila. Indem. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69320 (E.D.Mo. May 15, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri had occasion to consider whether...more

Court Affirms that Emotional Distress Claims Cannot Arise from Post-Accident Conduct

Traditionally, personal injury claims have generally consisted of a plaintiff seeking damages for expenses and “pain and suffering” relating to physical injuries sustained as a result of an accident. Emotional distress is an...more

Washington Supreme Court: Insurers May Not Reserve the Right to Seek Reimbursement of Non-covered Defense Costs

The Washington Supreme Court joined a minority of jurisdictions that hold that insurers may not unilaterally reserve the right to seek reimbursement for defense costs paid in defending non-covered claims through a reservation...more

Washington Supreme Court Issues an Unprecedented Decision Regarding a First-Party Insured’s Compliance with a Policy’s EUO...

The examination under oath has long served as a valuable tool to prevent fraud and exaggeration in property insurance claims, while also keeping the cost of insurance as low as possible. The Washington Supreme Court, however,...more

BVI Case Notes: Derivatives, double derivatives and unfair prejudice

Harneys continues to provide a regular roundup of recent case notes from the British Virgin Islands Commercial Court. In this edition we report on recent court guidance on leave to bring derivative proceedings and double...more

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