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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

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

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I. INSURANCE ISSUES - A. An Ontario plaintiff was held to be able to look to his OPCF 44R insurer to pay his damages in excess of a liability cap in the U.S. state where the accident occurred up to the OPCF 44R limits but...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

Top Developments – February 2017

by White and Williams LLP on

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

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

Oklahoma Supreme Court Allows Recovery of Declaratory Judgment Fees

In its recent decision in JP Energy Mktg., LLC v. Commerce & Industry Ins. Co., 2018 OK 11 (Ok. Feb. 5, 2018), the Supreme Court of Oklahoma had occasion to address an insured’s right to recovery legal fees and expenses...more

Ohio Supreme Court Holds Punitive Damages Not Recoverable In Breach Of Contract Action

by Reminger Co., LPA on

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently held that punitive damages are not recoverable in a breach-of-contract lawsuit unless (1) the breach involves an independent tort, such as fraud and/or duress; and (2) the conduct that...more

Federal judge voids matching exclusion – Good news for homeowners denied coverage under exclusion

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

A Minnesota federal judge recently issued an order that has big potential implications for Minnesota homeowners who had part of their claim denied by a matching exclusion. Specifically, customers of American Family should be...more

Butler Wins Dismissal of a First-Party Bad-Faith Claim Involving a Civil Remedy Notice That Listed a Different Household Policy

In Florida, an insured cannot bring a first-party bad faith claim based on a claim for UM coverage unless the insured first files a Civil Remedy Notice (CRN) with the Florida Department of Financial Services. In Mathurin v....more

Eighth Circuit Upholds Dismissal Of Claim Against Department Of Health & Human Services Under ACA Transitional Reinsurance Program...

by Carlton Fields on

Seeking reimbursement of fees paid, allegedly by mistake, under the transitional reinsurance program in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the trustees of the Twin City Pipe Trades Welfare Fund’s sued the...more

New York High Court Confirms No "Blanket Rule" on Reinsurance Limits

by Jones Day on

The Situation: This past month, the New York Court of Appeals considered whether New York law imposes a "rule of construction" or "strong presumption" that a reinsurance contract's limit of liability provision caps the...more

The Eighth Circuit Raises the Bar for Would-Be Indemnitees

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Here is a situation that comes up quite a bit in the world of business contracts containing indemnification provisions, and in the insurance industry as well. First, a party (“Party A”) gets sued, or threatened with a suit,...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - II. Liability Issues

by Field Law on

II. LIABILITY ISSUES - A. The 2009 amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and the Insurance Act with respect to the liability of a renter, lessor or lender of a vehicle were intended to cap their vicarious liability for the...more

CGL Policies And Data Breaches: No Publication, No Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

As cyber hacking and phishing schemes become more common, one issue that is often raised is whether, and to what extent, damages resulting from these incidents fall within the coverage afforded under a standard commercial...more

Virginia Supreme Court Considers Terms Of Assumption Reinsurance Transaction In Determining Obligations Of Insolvent Insurer

by Carlton Fields on

A group of Kentucky hospitals sought reimbursement for legal fees incurred in two lawsuits related to the insolvency of their insurer, Reciprocal of America (“ROA”). In the 1970s and 1980s, the hospitals created two trusts to...more

Latest Earthquake Assignment Decision

by DLA Piper on

Statements made by contracting parties may give rise to enforceable rights. Where there is no contractual relationship, a party that has suffered detriment in reliance on statements made by another may still have remedies in...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

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

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

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

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

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

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