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Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Shutting Another Door on Suing Insurance Companies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently closed an avenue for bad faith claims. In this case, the insured, CMD, sued its own liability insurance company, State Auto, for not settling the claims asserted against it...more

Court Rules Again On Motion To Dismiss In Matter Involving Unfiled Rates Charged Under Reinsurance Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

On July 21, 2016, we reported on a putative class action filed in a California U.S. district court by Shasta Linen Company against Applied Underwriters, Inc. and its affiliated entities, alleging that the “EquityComp”...more

Arizona Reverses Award of Punitive Damages in Bad Faith Case Again

by Jaburg Wilk on

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 June 29, 2017) (unpublished), the Arizona Court of Appeals held the trial court erroneously failed to grant an Insurer’s motion for...more

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...more

District Of South Carolina Denies Motion To Dismiss Action Involving Fronting Relationship

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Delaware law, a South Carolina District Court found Plaintiff had properly pled its causes of action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence/gross negligence and negligent misrepresentation...more

SC Supreme Court Says Insurers Can’t Cloud Allocation of Covered and Non-Covered Damages

The South Carolina Supreme Court’s decision in Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Heritage Communities, Inc., modified July 27, 2017, continues a trend of decisions aimed at preventing an insurer from acting in its own interest to...more

Beware of Prior Act Exclusions and Retroactive Dates When Procuring or Renewing Coverage

An 11th Circuit decision issued earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully evaluating time-based exclusions and retroactive dates when procuring or renewing coverage. Liability policies such as...more

Recent Ninth Circuit Rulings Uphold Plaintiffs’ Efforts to Predicate Claims on Alleged Insurance Code Violations — Likely More to...

by Carlton Fields on

Recent rulings suggest insurers face increased risk of suits predicating breach of contract and state unfair trade practices claims on alleged violation of state insurance laws, notwithstanding the lack of an express private...more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: D&O Insurance Coverage - How Careful Should the Drafting Be?...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors are required to review and approve transformative M&A transactions. The power to approve, however, comes with the potential liability that could be asserted if the transactions do not turn out as projected....more

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

Absolute Pollution Exclusion—Not So Absolute

by Perkins Coie on

Slapping insurers with breach of contract and bad faith, Washington state’s highest court recently found that a general liability policy’s so-called “absolute” pollution exclusion may not be so absolute. In Xia et al. v....more

Insured May Bear the Consequences of Insurer’s Negligence

For decades, California courts have mandated that an insurer is obligated to accept a “reasonable” settlement demand within policy limits on behalf of its insured. If it fails to do so, it is liable for the entire judgment,...more

Top 10 Things Defense Lawyers Need to Know About Lack of Good Faith Claims

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

By now, every Maryland defense lawyer knows that there is a cause of action that can be leveled against insurers for lack of good faith. Most even know that this cause of action is based on Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. §...more

Eleventh Circuit Deems Voluntary Dismissal of a Coverage Action Sufficient to Award Attorneys’ Fees to a Policyholder as the...

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent unpublished opinion, the Eleventh Circuit issued a decision that should serve as a warning to insurers to be sure to resolve all issues before dismissing a coverage action, particularly when involved in the...more

Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack: eDiscovery Trends

by CloudNine on

A small Rhode Island law firm has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company after the insurer refused to pay $700,000 in lost billings following a ransomware attack on the firm that locked down the firm’s computer files...more

Suit Limitation Period In Standard Flood Insurance Policy Is Not Tolled By Filing In State Court: Hurricane Irene Claim Dismissed...

The terms and conditions of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (“SFIP”) are specified by regulations promulgated under the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”). One of the terms in the SFIP provides that the insured cannot...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

A Common Interest Agreement May Not Be Worth the Paper It’s Written On

by Wilson Elser on

It is a very common practice for counsel to co-defendants or co-plaintiffs to enter into agreements that shield their communications. The agreements are expressions of intent that the communications will be protected by the...more

Labor Depreciation: Growing Trend Can Result In Trouble for Individual and Commercial Policyholders

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

A trend in insurance called labor depreciation could leave you holding the proverbial bag when it comes time for a covered repair. The practice, which only continues to grow, can leave claimants without the necessary funds...more

How to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege In Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

by Jaburg Wilk on

In State Farm v. Lee, 199 Ariz. 52, 13 P.3d 1169 (2000) (En Banc), the Arizona Supreme Court first held that an Insurer can impliedly waive the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) in a bad faith case, despite not...more

CGL Coverage for False Advertising and Intellectual Property Claims: Sometimes It’s There, but You Need to Know Where to Look for...

A recent case in the Northern District of California offers two cautionary tales to policyholders. First, when buying insurance, companies should understand their risks and ensure that the policies they’re buying match those...more

Guidelines to Assist an Insurer’s Analysis of Whether a Court Will Find an Implied Waiver of the Attorney Client Privilege in...

by Jaburg Wilk on

Because Arizona cases touching on this issue are copious, confusing, and complex, we note the following guidelines—though sometimes conflicting—have emerged from Lee and its progeny and will assist an Insurer’s analysis of...more

Tips to Avoid the Implied Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Arizona Insurance Bad Faith Cases

by Jaburg Wilk on

Although Arizona law regarding the implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege (the “Privilege”) is far from certain, an Insurer may avoid a waiver by following these tips...more

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: V. SURETY AND BOND ISSUES

by Field Law on

Alberta Court of Appeal confirms an obligee/trustee under labour and material payment bond has no legal duty to disclose the existence of such a bond to potential bond claimants until specifically asked about its...more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

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