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UIM Coverage - A Brief Look at Meaningful Offers and a Discovery Lesson

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

An automobile insurance carrier in South Carolina must offer underinsured motorist coverage (UIM), at the option of the insured, up to the limits of the insured liability coverage. If the insurer fails to make a meaningful...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - September 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Distracted Driving: Not the End of the Road - As a claims professional or attorney, never jump to conclusions when you learn about a distracted driver claim. As the facts surrounding the accident begin to develop,...more

Another Disappointed “Additional Insured.”

by Butler Snow LLP on

We’ve used this headline before. We’ll almost certainly use it again. The case this time, just handed down by the New York Court of Appeals, is Burlington Insurance Co. v. NYC Transit Authority....more

April 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

April was a red-hot month for independent contractor misclassification cases. We report below on 11 cases in the courts and two before administrative agencies involving...more

Title Bout: Second Circuit Limits Parties’ Control Over Construction Of Policies

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Like other contracts, insurance policies are divided into parts, and most of the parts appear under headings or captions. A separate contract term (known as a “titles clause” or a “headings clause”) sometimes specifies that...more

Postdiluvian Perils: Second Circuit Weighs Coverage For Losses Suffered After The Waters Recede

by Carlton Fields on

As this blog has reported, exclusions and limits for flood coverage have generally held up against the tide of claims arising from Superstorm Sandy. Now that the water is gone, however, new losses have been discovered, and...more

Court Compels Non-Signatory Affiliates, But Not Broker, To Arbitrate Premium Payment Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh brought a petition in a New York federal court, to compel nine related companies to arbitrate a payment dispute relating to certain policies of insurance issued to the...more

In Indiana, an Absolute Pollution Exclusion May Exclude Absolutely Nothing

by Carlton Fields on

A recent article in the Sports section of The Miami Herald read “Shooting coach helps Winslow.” Perhaps, but it probably didn’t help the coach much. The admonition to “eat every carrot and pea on your plate” undoubtedly...more

Ambiguity And Ensuing Loss: The Second Circuit Affirms The Southern District Of New York’s Holdings In a $675 Million Superstorm...

In National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16074 (2d. Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), Amtrak sought the entire $675 million of available coverage from a number of its insurers for damages...more

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals Rules AMTRAK Is Not Entitled to Additional Insurance Proceeds for Superstorm Sandy-Related...

As the East Coast heads into hurricane season, the Second Circuit issued a timely decision in National Railroad Passenger Corp. v. Aspen Specialty Insurance Cor., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 16704 (2d Cir. Aug. 31, 2016). Amtrak...more

Despite Pollution Exclusion, Insurer On Hook for Contamination in Indiana

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Northern District of Indiana rejected the insurer’s assertion that its pollution exclusion clauses unambiguously included all contaminants. Indiana, unlike other jurisdictions, is pro-insured when...more

Indiana Court Concludes Broad Pollution Exclusion Is Ambiguous

In its recent decision in Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 96361 (N.D. Ind. July 25, 2016), the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana had...more

Transportation Newsletter - January 2016

by Wilson Elser on

Illinois Appellate Court: A Contingent Automobile Liability Policy Is Not an Excess Policy - The Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District, was recently confronted with the interpretation of a Contingent...more

Texas Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Appellate Decision Clarifying Insurer’s Settlement Obligations In...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last year in Patterson, et al. v. Home State County Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 4460, 2014 WL 1676931 (Tex.App., Apr. 24, 2014), the Texas First Court of Appeals (Houston) held that an insurer was not obligated to...more

Self-Driving Vehicles – Potential Class Action Exposure for Insurers?

Self-driving or autonomous vehicles is a hot topic in insurance industry media and mainstream media as well. I attended a great program on this at the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) annual meeting last...more

Court Precludes Discovery Of Reinsurance Information In Airport Construction Insurance Coverage Dispute

by Carlton Fields on

In a construction loss coverage litigation brought by Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) against its builders risk insurer, Travelers Property Casualty Company, IAA unsuccessfully attempted to issue a subpoena to...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 27, 2015

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Marketable Record Title Act: right-of-way held by Florida Department of Transportation qualifies for right of way exception under MRTA and remainder of property held in fee by Florida Department...more

A Novel Cause of Action Coming Down the Track and Other Railway Legislation Changes

Late last month, the federal government introduced Bill C-52, which, if enacted, will amend both the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) and the Railway Safety Act (RSA). The federal government also proposed new Railway Safety...more

“OCEAN VICTORY” – Court of Appeal Decision

by Reed Smith on

In Gard Marine & Energy Ltd v China National Chartering Co Ltd (Rev 1) [2015] EWCA Civ 16, the Appellant sub-charterers appealed the 2013 judgment of Teare J....more

CAFA Removal Jurisdiction: Using a Plaintiff’s Complaint Against It

by Cozen O'Connor on

Most cases involving the existence of removal jurisdiction under CAFA involve the $5 million amount in controversy. In a recent Third Circuit opinion, determining whether or not the putative class had the requisite 100...more

“Brillante Virtuoso” held to have been a Constructive Total Loss

by Reed Smith on

The High Court recently held that the “Brillante Virtuoso” (the “Vessel”) was a constructive total loss (“CTL”) following an attack by pirates in July 2011. Mr Justice Flaux made important key findings in the CTL claim, which...more

Court Confirms Award Over Arguments Of “Manifest Disregard,” “Evident Partiality,” And “Corruption”

by Carlton Fields on

A transported liquid chemical had been found degraded after shipping from Texas to South Korea. The chemical company contended that the shipper was responsible for the losses as samples taken from the chemical prior to its...more

If it doesn’t matter, pay up! The High Court keeps a broad interpretation of Section 54

by DLA Piper on

Maxwell v Highway Hauliers Pty Ltd [2014] HCA 33 - The High Court today handed down a decision concerning Section 54 (1) of the Insurance Contracts Act. The decision is important for many insurers, particularly those...more

English Appellate Court Dismisses Appeal Of Judgment Declaring No Liability Under A Cargo Liability Reinsurance Policy

by Carlton Fields on

A judgment found that certain Lloyd’s reinsurers were not liable to cover the destruction of cargo on board a vessel that capsized in the Philippines during a Typhoon. The trial court relied on a typhoon warranty clause...more

Which Insurance-Related Bills Met the California Deadline for Passage?

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The deadline for California Assembly and Senate bills to pass their respected houses was May 30, 2014. Bills that met the deadline are eligible for enactment this year. ...more

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