Winning Formula for Construction Litigation – Lessons Learned from a Recent Trial Win
What’s the latest news on Arizona’s civil defense verdicts? Here are some interesting defense verdicts from 2014:
- Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon, L.L.C. et al. v. Old Lobos T&T, L.L.C. et al. Steak Out Restaurant...more
Granite State Ins. Co. v. Integrity Structures, LLC, No. C14-5085BHS, 2015 WL 136006 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 9, 2015).
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington held that an insurer did not act in bad faith...more
A legal dispute stemmed from Utica Mutual Insurance Company’s late notice of claim to Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Utica’s reinsurer. Although the parties’ facultative reinsurance certificate required Utica to provide...more
In This Issue:
- Western District of Washington: Insured That Violated Duties of Notice and Cooperation Could Not Make Out Claim for Bad Faith Based on Insurer’s Lengthy Investigation
- Western District of...more
Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., et al. 2014 WL 6958157 (Mo. banc. December 9, 2014) -
In a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of Missouri, en banc, affirmed a decision by the Missouri Court of...more
Two decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court have affirmed that there can be no liability for bad faith in cases where an insurer’s actions in denying a claim are deemed "fairly debatable." While these decisions show a...more
In Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that an insurer does not waive the attorney-client privilege by asserting the defense of subjective good faith in a bad faith case unless it...more
In its recent decision in Spandex House, Inc. v. Travelers Property Cas. Co. of America, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14667 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 6, 2015), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York had...more
In Schumacher v. State Auto. Mut. Ins. Co., No. 13-cv-00232, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11857 (S.D. Ohio Feb. 2, 2015), the Southern District of Ohio struck class allegations from a putative class action alleging breach of the...more
Cline v. Allstate Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-182-HAI, 2014 WL 7074973 (E.D. Ky. Dec. 15, 2014).
After Denial of Claim for Loss from Fire on Basis of Exclusion for Criminal or Intentional Acts, Insurer wins Cross-Motions for...more
Geico Gen. Ins. Co. v. Gould, No. 14-10913, 2014 WL 7013971 (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2014) (per curium).
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a grant of summary judgment for an insurance company. It...more
Hurricane Sandy continued to generate a significant amount of litigation during 2014 which resulted in several important property insurance decisions. Most notably, as a result of Sandy and other events, the courts...more
On September 5, 2014, the Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its en banc decision in Boozer v. Stalley, 146 So. 3d 139 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014), holding that in a third-party bad faith action, the attorney-client privilege...more
Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. Addison Ins. Co., No. SC 93792 (Mo. Dec. 9, 2014).
Supreme Court of Missouri rules in an en banc decision that neither an excess judgment nor a failure to pay policy limits are essential elements...more
Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. JT Walker Indus., Inc., No. 2:08-02043-MBS, 2014 WL 6773517 (D.S.C. Dec. 2, 2014).
The U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina sets aside a jury’s verdict awarding punitive...more
In Greenwell v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co. (No. C074546, filed 1/27/15), a California appeals court held that the use of a mailing address to send policies and renewals into California did not support jurisdiction for a California...more
A recent Arizona Court of Appeals decision, Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. the Hon. John Rea, Judge of Sup. Ct of State of Az.,2015 WL 195450, addresses the attorney-client privilege in a bad faith case. Everest...more
The California appellate courts issued an unusual number and variety of insurance-related opinions in 2014. The California Supreme Court issued an important and highly anticipated ruling on the scope of...more
In an issue of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held in Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe that a policyholder may assign statutory bad faith claims under Pennsylvania’s bad faith statute,...more
In re Sterling Bluff Investors, LLC, 515 B.R. 902 (Bankr. S.D. Ga. 2014) –
A mortgagee moved to dismiss a real estate debtor’s chapter 11 case, or in the alternative for relief from the automatic stay. It contended...more
Perhaps the most significant and dramatic decision of the year played out when the Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, backtracked on an earlier decision regarding the duty to defend. It first...more
In McMillin Companies v. American Safety Indemnity (No. D063586, filed 1/20/15), a California appeals court ruled that an insurer's loss of a summary judgment motion on the duty to defend does not necessarily establish that a...more
In a ruling that claims merely to clarify a 14-year-old case from the Florida Supreme Court, an appellate court recently held that an insurer may be liable to a statutory claim for bad faith failure to settle, based only on...more
Any insurance lawyer practicing in Texas knows that in order to show an insurance company has breached its duty of good faith and fair dealing to its insured, the insured must show “there is no reasonable basis for denial of...more
REAL PROPERTY UPDATE -
- Quiet Title: investor who pooled money with two other entities to purchase property could not quiet title after the two entities recorded second version of deed that omitted investor’s name...more
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