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Middle District of Florida Denies Motion to Dismiss Statutory Bad Faith Claim Pending Resolution of Coverage Issues

In October 2012, James Lee fell and injured his back when the Real Space Pro 9000 Quantum Chair he was sitting on broke. Mr. Lee filed suit against Raynor Marketing, LTD. and Office Depot. Raynor sold the chair to Office...more

Chapter 558 Pre-Suit Notice May Trigger an Insurer's Duty to Defend and Indemnify

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The Supreme Court of Florida recently issued an opinion in Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., No. SC16-1420, 2017 WL 6379535 (Fla. Dec. 14, 2017), which impacts an insurer’s duty to defend and...more

Client Alert: Florida Supreme Court Weighs in on CGL Carriers’ Duty to Defend Chapter 558 Claims

Since its enactment in 2003, Chapter 558, Florida Statutes (commonly referred to as Florida’s notice and opportunity to cure provision) has governed the pre-suit notice and opportunity to repair process between owners,...more

An Insurer’s Duty to Defend is Now Triggered by Pre-Suit Notices Under Florida’s Construction Defect Statute, But Only With an...

In a case of first impression that will undoubtedly have significant effects on Florida’s construction and insurance industries, the Florida Supreme Court recently decided that an insurer’s duty to defend under a standard...more

California Court Holds Insured’s Activities Not an Occurrence

In its recent decision in Henstooth Ranch LLC v. Burlington Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1176 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 3, 2018), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California had occasion to consider...more

7th Circuit: Damage to Property Exclusion Applies Broadly to Damage Caused by Defective Work

by Cozen O'Connor on

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision that will impact insurance coverage for property damage claims, especially in Illinois. In W. Side Salvage, Inc. v. RSUI Indem. Co.,...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

Altman Contractors V. Crum & Forster: Florida Supreme Court Answers The 11th Circuit’s Certified Question In The Affirmative

by Carlton Fields on

In Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 832 F.3d 1318 (11th Cir. 2016), the Eleventh Circuit certified the following question to the Florida Supreme Court: "Is the notice and repair process set forth...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

Insurance Coverage in the Post-Weinstein Era

With new headlines involving sexual harassment and other inappropriate sexual conduct continuing to emerge on a daily basis, insurance coverage for claims that might emerge is something every company should consider....more

Under Construction - December 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2018 is right around the corner! In this issue, we highlight several topics affecting the...more

First Look - Fall 2017: Issues and Developments in Insurance Law

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

“Insureds may wish, or be contractually obligated, to extend their insurance coverage to other individuals or entities,” commonly referred to as additional insureds. In fact, in certain industries, additional insured...more

Insurance Coverage for Workplace Sexual Harassment Claims

by Blank Rome LLP on

The last several weeks have brought seemingly unending news detailing allegations of sexual impropriety against politicians, celebrities, the news media, and other public figures. As a wave of victims march forward and social...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

The Site Report - Construction Law Insights - December 2017

Welcome to the first issue of our newly redesigned e-newsletter for the construction industry. The name and look of this publication may have changed, but one thing remains the same: our dedication to providing insightful,...more

Finally, a happy Additional Insured!

by Butler Snow LLP on

We have noted, again and again, examples of disappointed Additional Insureds. Today we report that at least one Additional Insured has left the Courthouse smiling. It was, however, to paraphrase Wellington, a near-run...more

“Myopic” Ruling Limits Policyholders’ Ability to Recover for Common Law Bad Faith in West Virginia

by Reed Smith on

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has made it harder for policyholders to prevail on claims of common law bad faith against insurers in that state. In State of West Virginia ex rel. State Auto Property Insurance...more

Insurance Purchasers Beware: Florida Court Finds No Duty to Defend Data Breach Claim Under CGL Personal & Advertising Injury...

On November 17, 2017, a U.S. district court in Florida narrowly construed personal and advertising injury coverage for data-breach claims under a commercial general liability policy. In Innovak International, Inc., v. The...more

AIG Must Defend Additional Insureds

by Nossaman LLP on

That it took an appellate court to order AIG’s Lexington Insurance to honor its additional insured obligations is a measure of how frequently insurers attempt to dodge this important contractual obligation. The case of...more

Property Damage, Occurrences, Delays, Offsets and Fees. California Decision is a Smorgasbord of Construction Insurance Issues

I read once that 97 percent of cases never go to trial. However, there are still the ones that do. And, then, there are the ones that do both. The following case, Global Modular, Inc. v. Kadena Pacific, Inc., California Court...more

Business interruption post-Harvey and Irma

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This blog post is the second in a three part series. Business owners affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma spent the first few days and weeks cleaning up, making repairs and completing countless other activities to get...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

NJ Courts Continue Expansion Of Insurance Coverage For Construction Defects: “Continuous Trigger” Doctrine Applied

by Cole Schotz on

New Jersey courts are continuing their trend of extending insurance coverage for third-party construction defect claims. Following last year’s NJ Supreme Court decision in Cypress Point Condo. Ass’n, Inc. v. Adria Towers,...more

The Professional Services Exclusion: You May Not Have the Coverage You Think

Could you be providing “professional services” that might lead to liability excluded by your commercial general liability policy? The answer may be different than you think....more

General Contractor Insurance Coverage Decreased by Subcontractor's $500,000 Self-Insured Retention

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Owners and contractors typically who require firms they hire to have liability insurance, and name them as additional insureds in case they ever get sued for what the hired firm did wrong, but they can often get a rude...more

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