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Contingency Fee Multipliers: Florida Supreme Court Rejects Rare and Exceptional Circumstances Requirement

Contingency fee multipliers increase attorney fee awards substantially. The general custom in American law is that each party is responsible for his or her own attorney’s fees, regardless of the outcome of the action. See...more

Arizona Reverses Award of Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Case Again

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The Holding - In Preciado v.Young American Insurnace Company, 2017 WL 2805631 ( Ariz.App . June 29, 2017) (unpublished), the Arizona Court of Appeals held the trial court erroneously failed to grant an Insurer’s motion for...more

Court Compels Discovery, Awards Sanctions In Dispute Over Whether Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Applies

by Carlton Fields on

In 2011, Top’s Personnel entered into a reinsurance agreement with Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Company (“AUCRA”), and several years later executed a promissory note (“the Note”) in favor of a related entity,...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment or Insurer in STOLI Case

by Carlton Fields on

In Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada v. U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n, the Eleventh Circuit recently clarified that where a life insurance policy lacks an insurable interest at its inception and is thus void ab initio, prejudgment...more

Enforcing Public Contracts against a Surety

This summer, the Washington Supreme Court ended a long dispute within the construction industry and issued an opinion finding that a performance bond is, in essence, an insurance contract. The court made clear that a public...more

California Court of Appeal: Inserting The Phrase “Ongoing Operations” In An Additional Endorsement Is Not Enough to Preclude...

In a victory for additional insureds, a California appeals court held, in Pulte Home Corp. v. American Safety Indemnity Co., Cal.Ct.App. (4th Dist.), Docket No. D070478 (filed 8/30/17), that an insurer’s denial of coverage...more

Third Circuit Clarifies Abstention Doctrine in Insurance Coverage Declaratory Action

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Insurers looking to remove declaratory judgment actions to courts in the Third Circuit were recently given some clarity — and, for one defendant insurer, a welcome reversal. On August 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Sharply-Divided Washington Supreme Court Holds That Sureties, Like Insurers, Must Pay Attorney Fees to Prevailing Parties When...

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King Cnty. v. Vinci Constr. Grands Projets/Parsons RCI/ Frontier-Kemper, JV, No. 92744-8, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 743 (July 6, 2017) - King County contracted with three construction firms (collectively, “VPFK”) to construct a...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES: Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corp. v. Able Eavestroughing Ltd., 2017...

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V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES - A. Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench finds CRA entitled to priority to “earned but unpaid” contract funds held by obligee (over the surety who had paid out labour and material payment bond claims...more

New Law That May Affect Hurricane Harvey Claims Takes Effect Sept. 1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

While insurance claims may be far from the first priority for clients affected by Hurricane Harvey, a new law takes effect on Sept. 1, 2017, that may affect first-party property insurance claims stemming from Harvey, floods...more

HB 1774’s “Hail Bill” and Hurricane Harvey-Time for Action

• Action Item #1: Insureds should try to report claims for all property damage, including those caused by Hurricane Harvey, by no later than August 31, 2017, in order to avail themselves of the opportunity for an 18 percent...more

What a New Texas Insurance Law Means, and Doesn’t Mean, for Harvey’s Victims

As Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak historic damage in Texas, recent updates to a state law dealing with the responsibilities of insurers are scheduled, by sheer coincidence, to take effect this Friday, September 1, 2017....more

Texas House Bill 1774 and Hurricane Harvey

by Jackson Walker on

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of our employees, clients, and friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and the devastation caused by the storm. Your personal safety, and that of your family and loved ones, is our top...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2017: I. Insurance Issues: Funk v. Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company, 2017 ABQB 308, per Simpson, J....

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES A. The Court may refuse to apply an insurance policy provision where it would lead to an unjust result in the circumstances, per s. 545(1) of the Insurance Act or pursuant to the Court’s ability to...more

The Privilege Maintains Its Power: Texas Supreme Court Blocks Discovery of Insurer Attorney’s Billing Information

by Carlton Fields on

When (if ever) are an insurer’s attorney’s fees and billing information discoverable in a coverage dispute? Though the question is straightforward, the answer can vary from case to case and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. The...more

To Fee Or Not To Fee, That Is The Question: The Florida Supreme Court Finds Coverage For Proposal For Settlement Sanctions In...

To understand the implications of Macedo II, it is important to understand what brought us here. It’s a long and bumpy road, but understanding what brought us here will be critical in order to understanding how to go...more

Holy Harleysville! – The Rules Governing RORs, Intervention, and More in South Carolina Have Just Changed

For insurers, litigating third-party coverage disputes in South Carolina has always proved formidable. Insurers can be liable for “bad faith” even if there is no coverage; they may be required to pay an insured’s attorney’s...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Upholds Exclusion Applicable to Personal and Advertising Injury

In its recent decision in National Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Town of Norwood, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116638 (D. Mass. July 26, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider the...more

Cash Value of Life Insurance Policy Exempt From Garnishment

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DC Mex Holdings LLC v Affordable Land LLC and Dale Fuller, ___ Mich. App. ___ (July 25, 2017), Case no. 332439 - Michigan’s Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion interpreting a statutory provision exempting insurance...more

More Fund Companies Sanctioned for Misusing Fund Assets for Distribution

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently settled enforcement actions against William Blair and two Calvert companies for using mutual fund assets to pay distribution-related expenses in violation of Investment Company Act Rule 12b-1 and for certain...more

What's a Coverage Defense? 11th Circuit Addresses Coverage Defenses under the Florida Claims Administration Statute

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When coverage is at issue, the interplay between a policy’s language and an insurer’s duties under the Claims Administration Statute, Florida Statute Section 627.426, becomes a key factor in claims handling for insurers. In...more

Ninth Circuit Finds Incorporation Of ICC Rules Into Arbitration Agreement Constitutes Clear And Unmistakable Evidence Of...

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In a case involving three related contracts, only one of which contained an arbitration agreement, the Ninth Circuit has held that incorporation of the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) into an arbitration...more

Mf Global Holdings Reinsurer’s $15 Million Bond Struck By Bankruptcy Court And Leave To Appeal Rejected By New York Federal Court

by Carlton Fields on

Two courts in New York recently issued decisions concerning Allied World’s ongoing coverage dispute with MF Global Holdings Ltd. over the former’s bankruptcy. As previously reported on this blog, the Bankruptcy Court for the...more

Court Confirms Interim Arbitration Award Requiring Posting Of Pre-Hearing Security

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Respondent moved for an immediate stay of an arbitration of claims relating to the purchase of insurance and to vacate the panel’s interim award requiring the posting of pre-hearing security.  Petitioner moved to confirm the...more

Court Declines To Quash Subpoena Issued To South Carolina Department Of Insurance In Companion Property Case

by Carlton Fields on

We previously reported on this case on January 5, 2016, June 28, 2016, July 20, 2016, and December 14, 2016. The case concerns Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company’s participation in a fronted insurance program...more

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