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Premises Pollution Liability Policy: Missouri Appellate Court Addresses Insurance Coverage Issue

The Missouri Court of Appeals (Eastern District) addressed in a December 19th opinion a coverage issue involving a Premises Pollution Liability Policy (“ PPL policy”). See Hazelwood Logistics Center, LLC v. Illinois Union...more

Flood or Fire: The Montecito Claims

by Selman Breitman LLP on

What is the Efficient Proximate Cause of the Devastating Mudslides in Southern California? At first glance, the destruction in Montecito, California and other areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties on Monday, January...more

You Dropped a Bomb (Cyclone) on Me

by Zelle LLP on

Move over Snowmageddon and make way for the “bomb cyclone” which hit the East Coast January 4, 2018. While the official name of this winter storm is “Grayson”, the media focused on the phenomenon (bombogenesis) that...more

Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and Environmental Risks for EPA and the Public:...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) issued a December 22nd report titled: Self-Insurance for Companies with Multiple Cleanup Liabilities Presents Financial and...more

Floodplains and Flood Risk: A Brief Overview of Changing Management Responsibilities

by Downey Brand LLP on

When it comes to how our communities address flood risk and protect populations and economies from flooding, no one government agency is in charge. Instead, there are multiple agencies at the federal, state, and local levels,...more

Insured Survives Summary Judgment Motion on Three Pollution Exclusion Exceptions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating how an insured can counter the insurer’s pollution exclusion arguments in coverage disputes, a federal court in Illinois held that an insured chemical company succeeded in raising genuine issues of material fact...more

Tenth Circuit Upholds Owner-Property Exclusion In Connection With Cleanup Efforts

On August 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed the lower court’s ruling that the cost to remediate environmental contamination at a ski resort was subject to a contractual...more

You have an Environmental Insurance Policy. Do you know what the fine print says?

THINK YOU CAN MAKE A CLAIM ON YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL INSURANCE POLICY? You better read the fine print first. *Due Diligence – The mantra is often repeated - take initiative, be proactive. For a variety of reasons a...more

Court Holds That Self-Insured Retentions Exhaust Vertically And Awards Insured Mandatory Prejudgment Interest in Stringfellow Site...

In State of California v. Continental Ins. Co. (No. E064518; filed 9/29/17), a California appeals court ruled that after Continental was ultimately held to pay its policy limits for remediation of the Stringfellow hazardous...more

Washington Supreme Court Reaffirms that Pollution Exclusions Do Not Bar Insurance Coverage Where Negligence Is the Primary Cause...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On August 17, 2017, the Washington Supreme Court declined to reconsider its recent landmark ruling in Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Insurance Co. RRG, 393 P.3d 748 (Wash. 2017), that an absolute pollution exclusion in an...more

Hurricane Harvey First Party Property Claims Checklist (Texas)

by Zelle LLP on

With the Arrival of Hurricane Harvey, Insurers Should Keep in Mind the Following Texas Insurance Code Claim-Handling Guidelines...more

Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health...more

Insurance Policyholders Score Victory on Critical Allocation Issue in Second Circuit Olin Decision

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In an action seeking insurance coverage for environmental contamination, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that “all sums” allocation would apply to the policies at issue, and therefore the...more

Second Circuit Follows Viking Pump Methodology to Calculate Total Insurance Liability for Environmental Cleanup Efforts Spanning...

On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided the case of Olin Corporation v. OneBeacon America Insurance Company, an environmental insurance recovery lawsuit. Olin Corporation has filed such lawsuits...more

Allocation Governed by “All Sums” Where Policy Contains “Prior Insurance” or “Non-Cumulation” Clause

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit adopted the New York Court of Appeals’ previous holding that the “all sums” provision in the insuring agreement permits an insured to access the limits of all...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Pollution Caused by Covered and Uncovered Causes

In its recent decision in Matter of Midland Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5065 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t June 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider the...more

Hold on to Your Hats: Another Active Hurricane Season Forecasted

by Zelle LLP on

Some wait for football season in the Fall while others anticipate baseball season in the Spring. Some sports fans are disappointed that basketball season just ended. But those in the insurance industry often anxiously...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

South Florida — The Front Lines of Climate Change?

Two related items about climate change resilience and adaptation caught my eye this week. First, the American Academy of Actuaries issued a report on “The National Flood Insurance Program: Challenges and Solutions.” Those...more

Lost Insurance Policy? Pursuing Coverage for Long-Tail Environmental Liability Still Feasible

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Companies facing environmental cleanup liability typically confront claims that are brought multiple decades after the alleged polluting activity took place. This passage of time often results in the loss or disappearance of...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

The “El Niño” Effect In Peru, Can Anything Be Done?

by Zelle LLP on

After a period of severe drought, per recent news reports the “El Niño” effect is bringing heavy rainfall on Peru´s Northern coast causing overflowing of rivers, mudslides and flooding. This is the worst such disaster since...more

Policyholders Win Again: The New Jersey Supreme Court Voids Insurance Policy Anti-Assignment Clauses in Occurrence-Based Insurance...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently affirmed the Appellate Division’s decision in Givaudan Fragrances Corp. v. Aetna Cas. & Sur. Co., finding that an anti-assignment clause in an occurrence-based insurance policy does not...more

Thunder and Lightning: Very, Very Frightening

by Zelle LLP on

The title for greatest reaper of catastrophe losses in the United States does not go to the hurricane, blizzard or ice storm but to the much more common thunderstorm. Thunderstorms don’t get cute names from The Weather...more

Second Circuit Offers Policyholders Painful Reminder on Giving Notice of Claims: Don’t Wait, Use Correct Addresses, and Be...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In January 2017, the Second Circuit ruled that policyholders must actually or presumptively give their insurers notice of specific policies under which they seek coverage—mailing a notice of the claim may not be enough....more

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