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Ownership is Not a Conclusive Factor for Ongoing Operations Additional Insured Coverage

In McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Ins. Co. (No. D069814, filed 11/14/17), a California appeals court held that an insurer had a duty to defend a general contractor under an “ongoing operations” additional...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Privacy Exclusion Bars TCPA Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) present numerous issues for insurance companies and policyholders. Because TCPA claims lend themselves to class action suits, the potential exposure can be...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

My Supreme Court Debut: A Birthday I’ll Never Forget

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As the end of the year draws near, all eyes are turning to the U.S. Supreme Court and the decisions it will issue during its October 2017 term. In this Expert Analysis, Catherine Carroll reflects on her very first time...more

Federal Judge finds post loss assignment of benefits proper under Pennsylvania law

In a recent opinion, Judge Schmehl of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied a forced placed insurer’s Motion to Dismiss a suit brought by the assignee of a homeowner for water damage to the home. In Williams v....more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Clarifies Showing Required For Bad Faith Insurance Claims

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has, for the first time in the 37-year history of Pennsylvania’s bad faith insurance statute, 42 Pa.C.S. § 8371, considered the necessary elements of such a claim, and it has determined that...more

Indiana Court of Appeals Determines Vehicles that are Denied Coverage are "Uninsured"

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Ruling on an issue of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals recently found that a vehicle that is insured but is denied coverage after an accident is considered uninsured under Indiana Code 27-7-5-4(a)....more

Alabama and Mississippi Insurance Law Questions Following Hurricane Nate

Hurricane Nate made landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast near the city of Biloxi on Sunday, October 8, 2017, as a Category 1 Hurricane. The eastern quadrant of the storm’s center also passed over significant portions of...more

Georgia Federal Court Rules on Questions of Efficient Proximate Cause, Manifestation/Continuous Trigger and Pro Rata Allocation of...

by Carlton Fields on

In ACE American Ins. Co. v. Exide Technologies, Inc. and The Wattles Co., No. 1:16-CV-1600-MHC (N.D. Ga. Sept. 20, 2017), the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Georgia applied a continuous trigger theory to...more

Insurance News - Part II: FAQs for Restoring Order After the Wind and Rain Have Gone

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Recent experiences have demonstrated that commercial policyholders who document their losses and seek to pursue coverage promptly and diligently will stand the greatest chance of maximizing their insurance recoveries for...more

Insurance News - Part I Frequently Asked Questions

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As we recover from Hurricane Irma, many of us are counting on help from our insurance companies to which we have paid hefty premiums. With this in mind, we have compiled a short list of frequently asked questions that you may...more

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...more

After Hurricane Irma, It May Be Property Owners Against Insurers

Hurricane Irma made a mess of Florida as it slammed into the Keys and pushed its way up the west coast, uprooting trees, destroying neighborhoods and costing lives. We all must now go forward and rebuild what is left....more

Labor Depreciation Class Action: New Eighth Circuit Decision

This week the Eighth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in a class action against State Farm involving the “labor depreciation” issue that I have covered extensively on this blog. State Farm prevailed on both the merits...more

Ninth Circuit Shuts Down Lakers: TCPA Means “Privacy” When It Comes to Insurance Coverage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As many practitioners who work with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) know, getting insurance providers to cover TCPA cases is a difficult proposition. The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed this notion in Los Angeles...more

Michigan No Fault Auto Insurance Benefit Denials up 236%

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Insurers scream “No-Fault fraud,” even as they cause huge spike in Michigan No-Fault benefit denials and cut-offs of car crash victims - There’s going to be a number of No-Fault reform legislative proposals expected to be...more

Beware of Prior Act Exclusions and Retroactive Dates When Procuring or Renewing Coverage

An 11th Circuit decision issued earlier this year serves as a reminder of the importance of carefully evaluating time-based exclusions and retroactive dates when procuring or renewing coverage. Liability policies such as...more

The Preemption Defense to Flood Insurance Claims Under the National Flood Insurance Program

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According to Lloyd’s of London, which helped to reinsure the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more than $1 billion seven months before Hurricane Harvey, the storms in Texas and Florida may result in damage...more

Despite No Allegations of Bad Faith or Tortious Conduct, Liberty Mutual Owes Millions for Breaching the Duty to Defend

by Carlton Fields on

In Hyland v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., No. 1:15-cv-01264-JES-JEH, 2017 WL 3388161 (C.D. Ill. Aug. 7, 2017), the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment for...more

Ninth Circuit Stuffs Policyholders on Defense of TCPA Class Actions

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In a sweeping opinion in Los Angeles Lakers v. Federal Insurance Co., the Ninth Circuit on Aug. 23, held the Lakers are not entitled to insurance coverage for a class action lawsuit alleging claims under the Telephone...more

Medical Marijuana 104: Responsibilities of Health Insurers

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

It will come as no surprise that patients who are thinking about getting certified for medical marijuana use have a number of questions relating to the cost of obtaining medical marijuana products....more

Eastern District of Michigan Grants Summary Judgment for Insurer on Bad Faith Claim But Finds Allegations of Bad Faith Relevant to...

455 Companies, LLC alleges that Landmark American Insurance Company breached their property insurance contract by denying a claim resulting from water damage to 455 Companies’ property. Landmark moved for partial summary...more

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Tips for Maximizing Coverage

San Francisco Darren Teshima, Co-Leader of Orrick's Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, litigates high stakes disputes on behalf of clients in the financial and technology sectors and advises corporate...more

Procedural Provision Of FAA Inapplicable In California State Court Action When Arbitration Agreement Is Silent On Choice Of Law Or...

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A California appellate court has upheld an order denying a motion to compel arbitration due to the possibility of conflicting rules, finding that, when a contract is silent on choice of law, California procedural rules, not...more

Every Dog Bite has its Day (in Federal Court)

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In Lighthouse Property Insurance Corp. v. Rogers, 2017 WL 3634593, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina considered a motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in an action...more

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