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Nebraska Federal Court Applies First-To-File Rule To Reinsurance Breach Of Contract Disputes, Transfers Case To Connecticut

by Carlton Fields on

The District of Nebraska recently ruled in favor of Charter Oak Oil Co. (“Charter Oak”)’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract case by Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. (“AUCRA”) based on the first-to-file...more

Defence + Indemnity: February 2018 - I. Insurance Issues B.

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. The Court held that a duty to defend was triggered by pleadings alleging an escape of fuel oil onto neighbouring property despite a pollution exclusion clause in the policies, because the pleaded...more

Arizona Insurers Beware of "Pay-and-Chase"--Arizona Supreme Court Rejects Expansion of Equitable Indemnification

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Holding - In Knightbrook Insurance Company v. Payless Car Rental System Incorporated, 2018 WL 769295 (Ariz. February 8, 2018), an insurance bad faith and equitable indemnification case arising from an auto claim, the...more

Federal Court Denies Reinsurer’s Post-Trial Motions In Long-Running Dispute Which Resulted In A Verdict In Its Cedent’s Favor

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court has denied both a motion for judgment as a matter of law or for a new trial and a motion to correct the interest calculation filed by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company after a jury award of $35 million...more

Reinsurer Prevails In Dismissing Breach Of Contract, Bad Faith Claims Asserted By Underlying Policyholder

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A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently dismissed all claims asserted by an insured against a reinsurer in a coverage dispute over an explosion at plaintiff Three Rivers Hydroponics (“Three Rivers”)’s commercial...more

Seventh Circuit finds potential for premium rate increases was not adequately disclosed in long-term care insurance policy

by Dentons on

On February 6, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals departed from a number of recent decisions holding that long-term care insurance (LTCI) policyholders cannot challenge rate increases when the insurer has disclosed in...more

Dot The I’s And Cross The T’s: The Importance Of Clarity In Claim Communications And The Availability Of Punitive Damages For An...

by Carlton Fields on

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently made waves in Hughes v. First Acceptance Insurance Company of Georgia, Inc., 343 Ga. App. 693 (2017). First, it aggrandized the role of a jury in determining the existence of an offer to...more

Sit Rover!A Landlord Can Be Liable For A Dog Bite In Common Areas

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Landlords, as a general rule, are not liable for attacks made by animals owned or harbored by their tenants. The owner, on the other hand, can be held strictly liable under R.C. 955.28, which imposes strict liability on the...more

Contractors’ All Risks Insurance: Where are the limits? A lesson from the Bahamas

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a rare foray into insurance law, London’s Privy Council considered the interpretation of a Contractors’ All Risk (CAR) policy in Sun Alliance (Bahamas) Ltd v Scandi Enterprises Ltd (Bahamas), and overturned the decision of...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms That Washington State’s Prohibition Of Arbitration Clauses In Insurance Contracts Reverse-Preempts FAA

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned a coverage dispute between Technical Security Integration Inc. and its insurer, Philadelphia Indemnity. The District Court for the District of Oregon denied Philadelphia Indemnity’s motion to compel...more

CGL Coverage for Cyber Data Breaches: Court Finds No Coverage unless the Policyholder Itself Publishes the Private Information

by Blank Rome LLP on

As cybersecurity incidents continue to mount and as the issue of data security becomes increasingly important and a source of potential liability, companies should consider whether their standard commercial general liability...more

Should the Cannabis Industry Fear the Sixth Circuit and K.V.G.?

by Reed Smith on

Although any case has the potential to go sideways, the appeal in K.V.G. Properties, Inc. v. Westfield Insurance Company – which involves a policyholder’s right to insurance coverage for property damaged by a third party’s...more

Western District of Oklahoma Denies Summary Judgement for Insurer on Bad Faith Claim Where Disputed Facts Exist as to Insured's...

Plaintiff Charles A. Shadid, L.L.C. had a commercial insurance policy with Defendant Aspen Specialty Insurance Company insuring multiple commercial properties. Shadid alleges that in May of 2013, a tornado damaged several of...more

So Far, So Right — Menchaca Has Not Changed Appraisal Law

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Ten months ago, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion which was predicted by some to change the course of Texas precedent regarding extracontractual liability after timely payment of an appraisal award. Eight months...more

The Ohio Supreme Court Misses an Opportunity to Resolve Uncertainty Surrounding the Statute of Limitations for Actions Against...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In Ohio, a claim for negligent procurement of coverage against an insurance agent is subject to a four-year statute of limitations. But there has been uncertainty surrounding when the four-year time limit is triggered....more

Top Developments – February 2017

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JP Energy Marketing, LLC v. Commerce & Industry Insurance Company, et al., No. 115285, 2018 Okla. LEXIS 11 (Okla. Feb. 5, 2018) - Oklahoma Supreme Court in a case of first impression authorizes an award of appeal-related...more

Complex Insurance Coverage Reporter – February 2018

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An Insurer’s Guide to Reserving Rights: Tips for Avoiding Waiver and Estoppel - Insurers know all too well that the penalties for an ineffective reservation of rights letter can be severe...more

Colorado Court Holds No Coverage for Breach of Contract Claim

In its recent decision in Ctr. For Excellence in Higher Ed., Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25424 (D. Col. Feb. 16, 2018), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado had...more

Mushrooming Claims: Recognizing When Simple Claims Threaten to Expand Beyond What is Expected

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Introduction - In the not too distant past, claims and claims handling were generally predictable. There was an incident causing damage, then a demand, and a dispute largely about the amount that would be paid. More...more

Will New York Law Go the Way of Weedo: Tenth Circuit Predicts New York Court of Appeals Will Hold that Property Damage Caused by a...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 13, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, which concluded that, under New York law, the property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship did not qualify as a...more

Following Cunningham, Pennsylvania District Court Finds Captive Reinsurance Putative Class Action Claims Are Time-Barred

by Carlton Fields on

In this putative class action, plaintiffs alleged unlawful practices related to mortgage insurance practices, including a violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (“RESPA”). ...more

No Coverage For Hole-In-One Contest, Says Fore-th Circuit Court of Appeals

by Carlton Fields on

They say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day at work. For Old White Charities, Inc., a non-profit that conducted a hole-in-one contest during the Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am golf tournament, this could not be...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Insurer’s Claims Against Reinsurance Broker Under Economic Loss Doctrine, Finds No Special Relationship

by Carlton Fields on

A New York federal court has dismissed a ceding insurer’s counterclaims against its reinsurance broker, finding the insurer’s claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary were barred by New York’s economic loss doctrine, and...more

Look Beneath The Surface: No Coverage For DC Row House Collapse Under Builder’s Risk Policy

by Carlton Fields on

The interpretation of a property insurance policy may seem like a dull endeavor, but courts sometimes face fundamental questions about what words mean, or how we conceptualize cause and effect. In Taja Investments LLC v....more

Ninth Circuit Finds Arbitration Clause Showed Clear And Unmistakable Intent To Resolve Arbitrability Questions By Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

Finding Montana law was inapplicable to the subject insurance policy under both federal maritime choice-of-law principles and the policy language, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that an arbitration clause was...more

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