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Update – What is the Requisite Experience for an Arbitrator?

by Reed Smith on

On 13 March 2018, the Court of Appeal reversed the Commercial Court decision in Tonicstar Limited v (1) Allianz Insurance PLC; (2) Sirius International Insurance Corporation. Legatt LJ gave the leading judgment in which it...more

Blog: Court of Appeal addresses “experience of insurance or reinsurance” for the purposes of appointing an arbitrator

by Cooley LLP on

In Allianz Insurance PLC & Ors v Tonicstar Limited [2018] EWCA Civ 434, the Court of Appeal decided that, under an arbitration clause requiring the appointed arbitrators to have “not less than ten years’ experience of...more

Nebraska Federal Court Applies First-To-File Rule To Reinsurance Breach Of Contract Disputes, Transfers Case To Connecticut

by Carlton Fields on

The District of Nebraska recently ruled in favor of Charter Oak Oil Co. (“Charter Oak”)’s attempt to dismiss a breach of contract case by Applied Underwriters Captive Risk Assurance Co. (“AUCRA”) based on the first-to-file...more

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

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. The Court held that a duty to defend was triggered by pleadings alleging an escape of fuel oil onto neighbouring property despite a pollution exclusion clause in the policies, because the pleaded...more

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

New York Court Addresses Coverage for School District’s Alleged Civil Rights Violations

In its recent decision in Graphic Arts Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pine Bush Central School District, 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1553 (N.Y. 2d Dep’t Mar. 9, 2018), the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division had occasion to...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

Alberta Court Releases Precedent-Setting Decision on Insurers’ Right and Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in Temple Insurance Company v. Sazwan, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta (Court) considered the scope of, and exceptions to, an insurer’s right and duty to defend. This is the first decision in...more

Can You Hear Me Now? Tenth Circuit Rejects Coverage for Telephone Consumer Protection Act Claims

A recent Tenth Circuit decision undercut policyholder arguments that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims are insurable under a standard CGL policy. Policyholders should take note of this decision but should not...more

Reinsurer Prevails In Dismissing Breach Of Contract, Bad Faith Claims Asserted By Underlying Policyholder

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Pennsylvania recently dismissed all claims asserted by an insured against a reinsurer in a coverage dispute over an explosion at plaintiff Three Rivers Hydroponics (“Three Rivers”)’s commercial...more

‘Me Too’ Coverage Implications For Employers

by Carlton Fields on

When an employer negligently supervises an employee who commits separate acts of sexual harassment against three different co-workers on separate occasions, how many “occurrences” are there under a standard commercial general...more

Court Holds That Property Insurance Does Not Cover Economic Loss From Purchasing Counterfeit Vintage Wine

In Doyle v. Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. (No. G054197, filed 3/7/18), a California appeals court held that financial loss from purchasing counterfeit vintage wine was not direct and accidental loss or damage to covered...more

Seventh Circuit finds potential for premium rate increases was not adequately disclosed in long-term care insurance policy

by Dentons on

On February 6, 2018, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals departed from a number of recent decisions holding that long-term care insurance (LTCI) policyholders cannot challenge rate increases when the insurer has disclosed in...more

Diminution of Value – A Shakespearean tragedy, to be sure!

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg is often called upon to advise clients regarding “Diminution of Value” of motor vehicles after an accident. In fact, Mr. Goldberg has authored several articles on the...more

Appellate Group News: 2017 Year In Review

by Murtha Cullina on

2017 was a significant year for Murtha Cullina’s appellate practice group. The firm was recognized by the Connecticut Law Tribune as its "Appellate Litigation Department of the Year." 2017 also marked two anniversary dates of...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

Sit Rover!A Landlord Can Be Liable For A Dog Bite In Common Areas

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Landlords, as a general rule, are not liable for attacks made by animals owned or harbored by their tenants. The owner, on the other hand, can be held strictly liable under R.C. 955.28, which imposes strict liability on the...more

Northern District of Illinois Denies Summary Judgment for Insurer on Bad Faith Claim Where Disputed Facts Exist as to Insurer’s...

Following a fatal vehicle accident in 2008, a group of plaintiffs brought suit against Venture One, Inc., the owner of a truck involved in the accident. After several unsuccessful attempts to settle the matter with Venture...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes "Common and Usual Meaning" Interpretation of Insurance Contracts

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which UBS Puerto Rico sought to overcome its insurance carriers' refusal to defend and provide coverage for two civil actions, settlements with the SEC and FINRA...more

JSH Reporter - Fall 2017

It has been over one year since our last issue, and we are pleased to share several resources with you, including important case summaries, law updates, attorney-authored articles, and firm news and events. Please see full...more

Contractors’ All Risks Insurance: Where are the limits? A lesson from the Bahamas

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a rare foray into insurance law, London’s Privy Council considered the interpretation of a Contractors’ All Risk (CAR) policy in Sun Alliance (Bahamas) Ltd v Scandi Enterprises Ltd (Bahamas), and overturned the decision of...more

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms That Washington State’s Prohibition Of Arbitration Clauses In Insurance Contracts Reverse-Preempts FAA

by Carlton Fields on

This case concerned a coverage dispute between Technical Security Integration Inc. and its insurer, Philadelphia Indemnity. The District Court for the District of Oregon denied Philadelphia Indemnity’s motion to compel...more

Bills, Bills, Bills: Calculation of Past Medical Expenses under Texas Law

by Butler Snow LLP on

Under Texas law, recovery of past medical expenses is limited to the amount actually paid or incurred. Section 41.0105 was enacted in 2003 by the Texas Legislature as a tort reform initiative to limit past medical damages to...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2018 - Part A

...California District Court Dismisses Suit Against Airbus and Rolls Royce on Forum Non Conveniens Grounds - On December 11, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted defendants Airbus S.A.S....more

Do you really need a court to tell you what the insurance policy covers? Litigating insurance coverage issues? When and how to...

by Butler Snow LLP on

No one should know what an insurance policy covers better than the insurer itself. After all, the insurer wrote the policy, right? Yet there are times when coverage questions arise that even the drafter of the policy cannot...more

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