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Is It Bad Faith to Exercise a Contractual Right?

by Cozen O'Connor on

A recent malpractice case highlighted this issue. In Johnson v. Proselect Insurance, the doctor/insured contended that the insurer acted in bad faith by settling a claim after trial without the doctor’s consent. The doctor...more

Duty to Initiate Settlement Negotiations Under Powell not Triggered Unless Liability is Clear

In a recent decision, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an important order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida in a so-called “Powell claim.” Welford v. Liberty Mutual Ins....more

Illinois Appellate Court Recognizes Common Interest Exception to Waiver of Privilege Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 7, 2017, an Illinois appellate court held that co-defendants in a case who agree to share information pursuant to their common interest in defeating their litigation opponent do not waive either the...more

First Circuit: The Best Offense Is A Good Defense?

by Carlton Fields on

In Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., No. 15-1351P2-01A (1st Cir. Nov. 15, 2017), the First Circuit Court of Appeals ended long-running insurance coverage litigation arising from policyholder VisionAid, Inc.’s...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Mixed-Bag Decision On Punitive Damages In Insurance Bad-Faith Case

The Ninth Circuit recently issued an unpublished memorandum opinion reducing a $2.5 million punitive award against GEICO to $1,064,282.44—four times the compensatory damages—in a Montana insurance bad-faith case. When it...more

Appeals Court: No Bad Faith For An Insurer’s Legitimate Exercise Of A Contractual Right Or Its Settlement Within The Policy Limit...

In a Rule 1:28 decision applying New Hampshire law, the Appeals Court affirmed the entry of summary judgment dismissing a doctor’s suit accusing her professional liability insurer of improper settlement of a claim without her...more

New York Court Rejects Insurer’s Defenses to Coverage for Asbestos Claims Arising Out of the Construction of the Original World...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the New York Supreme Court issued an important ruling benefiting policyholders seeking insurance coverage for toxic tort claims. In American Home Assurance Company v. Port Authority of New York & New...more

Court Awards Summary Judgment on Prior Knowledge Limitation of Professional Liability Policy

In Admiral Ins. Co. v. Superior Court (No. D072267, filed 11/21/17, ord. pub. 12/12/17), a California appeals court held that an application question about prior knowledge of facts that could give rise to a “malpractice...more

Behind the Curtain

by Locke Lord LLP on

In Golon, Inc. v. Selective Insurance Company of the Southeast, et al., a Pennsylvania federal court recently held that an insurer must produce information about its reinsurance program in an action in which the insured...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Alter Existing Law on the Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases

Last month the Tennessee Supreme Court, in Dedmon v. Steelman, affirmed the long-standing collateral source rule in personal injury cases. As long as an injured plaintiff can establish that the medical expenses they incurred...more

Less Than Two Weeks Before Trial, District Court Judge In Utica V. Fireman’s Fund Rules On Motions In Limine

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerns an action filed by Utica Mutual Insurance Company (Utica) against its reinsurer, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company (FFIC) seeking to enforce certain reinsurance contracts against FFIC with respect to...more

Insurers Beware: New York Rules May Apply to Policies Neither Issued nor Delivered in State

by Cozen O'Connor on

New York Insurance Law section 3420, which applies to policies issued on or after January 17, 2009, contains a number of provisions and requirements that have a significant impact on liability claims handling. For example,...more

Exhausting Coverage: California Supreme Court Agrees to Weigh in on Conflict Between Horizontal Versus Vertical Exhaustion

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of California has accepted review of Montrose Chemical Corporation v. Superior Court, 14 Cal.App.5th 1306 (App. 2nd Dist. 2017), a decision in which the Court of Appeal required a policyholder to prove...more

Florida Court Rejects Property Insurer’s Effort To Limit Assignment Of Benefits

by Carlton Fields on

An assignment of benefits (AOB) is a legal tool that allows a third party to be paid for services performed for an insured property owner who would normally be reimbursed by the insurance company directly after making a...more

Off the Reservation (of Rights): South Carolina Speaks on CGL Insurer Notification Requirements

Lawsuits over defective construction are common in South Carolina. So, when a construction company covered by a CGL insurance policy is sued over an alleged construction defect, the insurance company may agree to defend the...more

Northern District Of Georgia Orders Cedent To Produce Information On Its Payment Of Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Defendant Golden Isles Reinsurance Company, Limited (“Golden Isles”) sought detailed information regarding individual claims Canal Insurance Company (“Canal”) submitted for reimbursement under the parties’ reinsurance...more

Defining Prompt Notice in Florida Insurance Policies

by Zelle LLP on

Hurricane Irma was both the strongest Cape Verde-type hurricane observed in the Atlantic and the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Hurricane Irma was also the first...more

Finally, a happy Additional Insured!

by Butler Snow LLP on

We have noted, again and again, examples of disappointed Additional Insureds. Today we report that at least one Additional Insured has left the Courthouse smiling. It was, however, to paraphrase Wellington, a near-run...more

Court Enforces Exclusion of Products Claims From Intercompany Arbitration Agreement

In State Farm General Insurance Co. v. Watts Regulator Co. (No. B271236, filed 11/30/17), a California appeals court held that a manufacturer could not compel intercompany arbitration of an insurer’s subrogation claim,...more

Recent Victories for PK Law Flood Team

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The PK Law Flood Team handles litigation for a variety of carriers in several jurisdictions including federal and state courts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina,...more

“Myopic” Ruling Limits Policyholders’ Ability to Recover for Common Law Bad Faith in West Virginia

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has made it harder for policyholders to prevail on claims of common law bad faith against insurers in that state. In State of West Virginia ex rel. State Auto Property Insurance...more

Discovery Dispute In Cost Of Insurance Case Considers Relevance, Statutory Privilege, And Adequacy Of Objections

by Carlton Fields on

In a putative class action alleging that a life insurer engaged in an elaborate scheme to pay stockholders huge dividends by shifting its obligations to reinsurers operating in jurisdictions with weak oversight and...more

State Appeals Courts Rule on ‘That Particular Part’ Exclusions

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Two recent cases from separate California state courts correctly interpret the phrase “that particular part” and apply it in its intended narrow sense. This is good news for contractors and is in contrast to some recent...more

Arizona District Court Denies Motion to Remand in Bad Faith Case, Despite Plaintiff Seeking Only $57,000 in Compensatory Damages

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Hoarau v. Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2017 WL 3328078 (D.Ariz. August 4, 2017), the Arizona District Court denied an insured's Motion to Remand in an insurance bad faith, punitive damages, and declaratory...more

Odyssey Reinsurance Obtains $3.2 Million Default Judgment And Injunctions Stemming From Fraudulent Transfers Made By Underwriter

by Carlton Fields on

Odyssey Reinsurance Company obtained a $3.2 million default judgment on October 4, 2017, against Cal-Regent Insurance Services Corporation and Pacific Brokers Insurance Services (“PBIS”) as a result of fraudulent transfers...more

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