We haven’t had a good waiver case in a while. The First Circuit served one up last week with a flourish, teaching me multiple new words in the process (not for the first time, either). It found that a plaintiff had waived...more
The practice of placing the magic words “without prejudice and subject to contract” on every exchange during commercial negotiations can be thought a “belt and braces” or “no harm, no foul” approach, but experience and a...more
Hailstorm claims for damage to roofs often involve belated notification that an already old or damaged structure has been further compromised. In a recent Texas case, the court provided a primer for carriers confronting such...more
Jumping the Gun: Public Statements by U.S. Attorneys That Inappropriately Opine on the Guilt of Charged but Untried Defendants. When United States Attorney’s Offices file criminal charges in significant cases, U.S. Attorneys...more
Calling its prior proposal “too restrictive,” the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules published a substantially revised version of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) in the agenda for its April 10-11 meeting. The Committee...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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