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Delaware Public Policy Does Not Preclude D&O Insurance Coverage for Fraud

by Morris James LLP on

In Arch Insurance v. Murdock, (Del. Ch. Mar. 1, 2018), a D&O insurance coverage dispute, the state Superior Court’s complex commercial litigation division reasoned broadly to hold that, absent a contrary choice of law clause,...more

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

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - C. The SEF 44 Endorsement is not a standalone policy and exclusions in the underlying policy apply to it such that a claimant passenger of a stolen vehicle is entitled to benefits if he/she did not...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending March 2, 2018

by Carlton Fields on

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Standing: borrower's standing arguments failed because they were based on notion that note changed hands after it was delivered to World Savings Bank in 2007, when in fact the note...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

New York Court Enforces Construction Management Exclusion

In its recent decision in Houston Cas. Co. v. Cavan Corp. of NY, Inc., 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1138 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t Feb. 20, 2018), a New York appellate court had occasion to consider the application of a construction...more

Complex Insurance Coverage Reporter – February 2018

by White and Williams LLP on

An Insurer’s Guide to Reserving Rights: Tips for Avoiding Waiver and Estoppel - Insurers know all too well that the penalties for an ineffective reservation of rights letter can be severe...more

Will New York Law Go the Way of Weedo: Tenth Circuit Predicts New York Court of Appeals Will Hold that Property Damage Caused by a...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 13, 2018, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision, which concluded that, under New York law, the property damage caused by a subcontractor’s faulty workmanship did not qualify as a...more

New York Court Holds No Coverage for Criminal Proceeding

In its recent decision in Certified Environmental Services, Inc. v. Endurance Am. Ins. Co., 2018 N.Y. App. Div. 704 (4th Dep’t Feb. 2, 2018), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, had occasion...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Carrier Had Duty to Defend Employment Class Action

Fewer and fewer companies in California have insurance coverage for “wage and hour” claims, i.e. claims for failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest periods, and failure to provide accurate itemized wage...more

Look Beneath The Surface: No Coverage For DC Row House Collapse Under Builder’s Risk Policy

by Carlton Fields on

The interpretation of a property insurance policy may seem like a dull endeavor, but courts sometimes face fundamental questions about what words mean, or how we conceptualize cause and effect. In Taja Investments LLC v....more

Federal judge voids matching exclusion – Good news for homeowners denied coverage under exclusion

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

A Minnesota federal judge recently issued an order that has big potential implications for Minnesota homeowners who had part of their claim denied by a matching exclusion. Specifically, customers of American Family should be...more

Second Circuit Holds §3420(d) Inapplicable to Denial of Coverage

In its recent decision in Citizens Ins. Co. of Am. v. Risen Foods, LLC, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 1371 (2d Cir. Jan. 22, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit had occasion to consider the scope of New...more

Fore! Fourth Circuit Affirms No Coverage for Hole-in-One Payments

As proof that almost anything can be insured, hole-in-one insurance is available on the market. Coverage is granted for payments or awards (cars, cruises, golf trips, cash, etc…) given and can be obtained for the right...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues B.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. Where a claim is advanced against a parent in negligence for injury suffered by his child, the family member exclusion clause in the parent’s homeowner’s policy was held to exclude coverage for the...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

Maximising D&O Insurance Recoveries in Insolvency

by K&L Gates LLP on

Insurance claims represent assets in insolvency which may be capable of realisation or assignment by an insolvency practitioner (IP). If properly managed, such claims can prove to be a significant source of recovery. ...more

State Appeals Courts Rule on ‘That Particular Part’ Exclusions

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

Two recent cases from separate California state courts correctly interpret the phrase “that particular part” and apply it in its intended narrow sense. This is good news for contractors and is in contrast to some recent...more

Defence & Indemnity - October 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES A.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES: A. Where an insured’s employee followed an email from a fraudster posing as a vendor to change the electronic payment instructions to an account controlled by the fraudster, coverage was denied under...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

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

Liquidation Trustee’s Suit Against D&Os Falls Within Insured vs. Insured Exclusion

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In the recent decision of Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. Zucker, 860 F.3d 373 (6th Cir. 2017), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a liquidation trustee’s suit against the debtor’s former directors and officers (D&Os)...more

Insured Survives Summary Judgment Motion on Three Pollution Exclusion Exceptions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating how an insured can counter the insurer’s pollution exclusion arguments in coverage disputes, a federal court in Illinois held that an insured chemical company succeeded in raising genuine issues of material fact...more

Missouri Supreme Court Upholds Pollution Exclusion

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Missouri Supreme Court has unanimously held a pollution exclusion to apply in a dispute between a lead smelting company and one of its insurers. Doe Run Resources Corporation faced litigation alleging that its smelting...more

The Ramifications of a Less-Than-Thorough Investigation

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

An insurance carrier has declined to defend a claim asserted against its insured, arguably without meeting its obligation to investigate the claim. For whatever reason — a change in personnel, loss of a file, or some other...more

SDNY Rules SEC Investigation Is A “Claim” Within Pending And Prior Acts Exclusion

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held that a long-running investigation by the SEC constituted a “Claim” triggering the pending and prior claims exclusion in an excess directors and officers...more

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