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

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - B. A claimant is not required to sue all tort-feasors in order to collect under the OCPF 44 Endorsement (and the Alberta SEF 44 Endorsement). Tuffnail et al v Meekes et al, 2017 ONSC 2894, per...more

What’s New In Federal Flood Case Decisions?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Migliaro v. Fidelity National Indemnity Insurance Company - United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit 2018 WL 577704 - I. Facts - Anthony Migliaro purchased an SFIP from WYO carrier Fidelity for his New...more

Seventh Circuit Finds Policy Limits Cap Insurer’s Exposure On An Excess Verdict Despite Improperly Denying A Duty To Defend

In Hyland v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 6460 (7th Cir. March 15, 2018), the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit considered whether a liability insurer could be saddled with the full...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

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

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

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

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

New York Court Of Appeals Holds There Is No Presumption Of Expense-Inclusive Caps In Liability Limit Clauses In Facultative...

by Carlton Fields on

The New York Court of Appeals recently answered in the negative a question certified to it by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit regarding prior precedent and whether per occurrence liability limits in...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

Blog: High Court rules on application of exclusion clauses in insurance contracts

by Cooley LLP on

In Timothy Crowden & Carol Crowden v QBE Insurance (Europe) Ltd (2017) EWHC 2596 (Comm) the claimants suffered significant economic loss after receiving advice from a financial advisor insured by QBE. The claimants were...more

A Beacon in the Night Sheds New Light

by Locke Lord LLP on

Since the decision in Bellefonte Reinsurance Co. v. Aetna Casualty & Surety Co., 903 F.2d 910 (2nd. Cir. 1990) (”Bellefonte”) in 1990, the limits of coverage provided by facultative certificates have been pretty well defined,...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

Flood Exclusion Unambiguously Excludes Coverage For $49.5M In Hurricane Sandy Losses Caused By Storm Surge

by Cozen O'Connor on

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Thomas McKay III, Richard Mackowsky, Charles Jesuit, and Melissa Brill recently secured summary judgment from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in favor of Great...more

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Insurance Coverage for Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria

by Blank Rome LLP on

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is already one of the most devastating in history. In late August, Harvey struck at the heart of Houston, Texas, and dropped 51.88 inches of rainfall in Texas, the highest rainfall total to...more

Class Action Roundup: Summer 2017

by Alston & Bird on

Welcome to our second Roundup of 2017, where we feature the cases litigated and settlements finalized during the second calendar quarter of the year. It was a very active quarter in almost all of the categories we monitor,...more

Important Insurance Coverage Considerations for Losses Caused by Hurricane Harvey

by K&L Gates LLP on

While the full extent of damages caused by Hurricane Harvey is unknown at present, the storm has already caused unprecedented damage in Texas. That damage arises in the midst of pending legislative change that may affect...more

Insurance Recovery for Losses Related to Hurricane Harvey

by Blank Rome LLP on

Insurance for Property Damage and Business Interruption Losses - Businesses and communities throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast are bracing for the impact of Hurricane Harvey that is expected to wreak havoc this weekend....more

Cyber Insurance: Get What You Pay For              

by Fisher Phillips on

Due to the increasing number of successful and attempted cyber-attacks and increased government scrutiny surrounding protection of confidential information, companies cannot ignore the various risks associated with potential...more

How Insurance Companies Calculate A Settlement Offer

by Howard Ankin on

Insurance companies do not have one precise method for calculating settlement offers that is applied to every case. Each accident is unique. Insurance companies have a financial incentive to pay as little as possible and will...more

Kentucky Court Holds Professional Liability Insurer Can Pay Limits and Terminate Its Defense Obligation

In its recent decision in Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. v. MESA Med. Grp., PLLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111949 (E.D. Ky. July 19, 2017), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky had occasion to address a...more

Texas’ Hailstorm Bill—Three Takeaways for Policyholders

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Senate Bill 10 / House Bill 1774 (the “Hailstorm Bill”) goes into effect. Proponents of the Hailstorm Bill will likely argue that the bill does not represent a significant regression of policyholder...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Bad Faith Award Despite Issues With Policy Limits Demand

by Cozen O'Connor on

In Madrigal v. Allstate Indemnity Co., Cause No. 16-55830 (9th Cir. June 15, 2017), the Ninth Circuit upheld a jury award assessing $14 million in bad faith damages, even though it was unclear whether the insurer could have...more

One Way Out: California District Court Finds Insurer Had Right to Pay Limits Despite Possible Defense

by Carlton Fields on

In Film Allman, LLC v. New York Marine and General Insurance Company, Inc., 2:14-cv-7069-ODW, (C.D. Cal. May 23, 2017), a California district court granted summary judgment in favor of an insurer of a production company. The...more

Fifth Circuit Reverses Mississippi District Court’s Interpretation of “Ambiguous” Language to Nullify Defense Within Limits...

by Carlton Fields on

Insurance policies that include the cost of defending a particular claim or action within the policy’s limit of liability, often referred to as “burning,” “eroding,” or “defense within” limits policies, are common in the...more

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