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Firm Profile: Robinson & Cole LLP
280 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103-3597, United States
Phone: (860) 275-8200
Fax: (860) 275-8200
Areas of Practice
  • Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
Locations
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Rhode Island
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Vacancy Exclusion: Eleventh Circuit (Florida) Weighs In On “Dwelling Being Constructed” Exception

Vacancy exclusions are commonplace in many homeowner policies, and typically exclude coverage for certain types of losses if the home is vacant and/or unoccupied. Litigation involving vacancy exclusions can arise when terms in…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Texas Federal Court Holds Faulty Workmanship Exclusion Applies to All Damage Caused By Drilling Gear Malfunction, Rejects Insured’s Claim for Covered “Resulting Loss”

When does an excluded loss end and a covered “resulting loss” begin? This thorny question was the subject of a recent decision out of the Southern District of Texas, EMS USA, Inc. v. The Travelers Lloyds Insurance Co., No…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Protective Safeguards—Heat Maintained Endorsement Means What it Says: Eastern District of New York Grants Summary Judgment For Loss From Frozen Pipes

Typical first party property policies include provisions that address failure to maintain heat as excluded losses. The Eastern District of New York recently analyzed a specific endorsement requiring that heat be maintained at a…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Water Exclusion: New York’s Fourth Department Interprets The Definition of Surface Water

The “Water Damage” exclusion incorporated in many property insurance policies is the subject of much litigation, including the scope and applicability of the “surface water” exclusion to various water damage scenarios…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Freezing Exclusion: Third Circuit Affirms District Court’s Grant Of Summary Judgment To Insurer

Many typical homeowner’s insurance policies contain an exclusion for damages as a result of freezing unless the homeowner uses “reasonable care” to maintain heat in the home…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Work Product and Attorney-Client Privilege Concerning Documents Drafted Prior To Litigation: Eastern District Of New York Finds Insurer’s Documents Are Not Discoverable

Insurers retain outside counsel during claim investigations for a variety of reasons, including, among others, providing coverage advice, assisting in reviewing and responding to communications with insureds that have legal…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Late Notice in New York: Federal Court Finds No Prejudice Required In First Party Context

We have written on the topic of late notice a number of times. Typical property insurance policies require that the insured notify its carrier of a loss promptly…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

The Definition of “Reside” Under Homeowners’ Policies in Michigan and New York: Two Appellate Courts Provide Further Insight

Two appellate courts recently examined the scope of a homeowners policy’s requirement that the insured reside at the property at the time of loss…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Eastern District of New York Magistrate Recommends Denial of a Motion to Remand and Recognizes the Application of the Fraudulent Joinder Doctrine, Even in the Face of the “Forum Defendant Rule”

Recently, in Mallek v. Allstate Indem. Co. No. 17-CV-5949-KAM-SJB, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42171 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 12, 2018) [insert link], a federal magistrate in New York recommended that the Court deny a plaintiff’s motion to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Massachusetts Reference Award and Alleged Chapter 93A Violation Addressed By Federal District Court Opinion

The Massachusetts reference process is a creature of statute designed to provide an expeditious method to resolve disputes over the amount of loss covered by a property insurance policy. While a reference panel cannot decide…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Eastern District of New York Upholds Flood Exclusion in Superstorm Sandy Case

Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy, some consistent themes are beginning to emerge from the increasingly robust body of property coverage case law related to the storm. A recent decision from the Eastern District of New…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial

Hurricane Harvey, the Texas Supreme Court, and Anti-Concurrent Causation

Many commercial and residential property insurance claims arising from major hurricanes like Hurricane Harvey present damage caused by multiple causes of loss, some of which may be covered (e.g., wind) and some of which may not…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Additional Bulletins Relating to Hurricane Harvey

Last week, we wrote a post about a number of bulletins of potential interest to property insurers issued by the Texas Department of Insurance concerning the appropriate conduct of those involved in the insurance claims process…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

New Texas Insurance Code Chapter 542A, Effective September 1, 2017, May Reduce The Number of Harvey Lawsuits

Recently, the Texas legislature acted to curb abusive lawsuits filed by insureds as a result of hailstorm and other property insurance claims. According to the Executive Director of The Texas Coalition for Affordable Insurance…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Insurance

Texas Department of Insurance Issues Bulletins Relating to Hurricane Harvey

With flood waters yet to fully recede, and the cleanup and recovery efforts from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath in southeast Texas just beginning, the Texas Department of Insurance issued a number of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential
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