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Spilman Alert - Breaking Insights: Shutting Another Door on Suing Insurance Companies in West Virginia

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals recently closed an avenue for bad faith claims. In this case, the insured, CMD, sued its own liability insurance company, State Auto, for not settling the claims asserted against it...more

Resolving The Multiple Peril Puzzle In First Party Insurance Claims

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

First party insurance claims involving multiple perils present unique challenges when assessing whether an insurance policy provides coverage. For example, suppose an insurance policy covers damage resulting from fire, but...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

What Is “Good Cause” for Granting an Abatement of Real Estate Taxes?

by PretiFlaherty on

NHRSA 76:16, I(a) provides that “Selectmen or assessors, for good cause shown, may abate any tax, including prior years’ taxes, assessed by them or by their predecessors, including any portion of interest accrued on such tax....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

Insurance Coverage – Has a “Collapse” occurred?

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Tustin Field Gas & Food, Inc. v. Mid-Century Insurance Co. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (July 3, 2017) - Tustin Field Gas & Food, Inc. v. Mid-Century Insurance Co. (“Tustin”), was an insurance coverage...more

In Supreme Court Showdown, California Appeals Courts Choose Sides Regarding Whether Right to Repair Act is Exclusive Remedy for...

Earlier, we wrote about an appellate court split concerning the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code sections 895 et seq.) which applies to construction defects in newly constructed residential properties including single-family...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : Insurance Issues B. Stairs v. CFM Corp., 2017 NBCA 8 [4226]

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES B. In Alberta an insured’s settlement with a third party which releases the third party does not preclude the insured’s insurer from pursuing a subrogated claim against the third party. Elsewhere in...more

Defence & Indemnity - February 2017: I. INSURANCE ISSUES B.

by Field Law on

B. The wording “as a result of a peril insured against” in an insurance policy will be interpreted to include damage that happens as a direct result of the insured peril (increased cost to bring a damaged building up to code)...more

When it Rains it Floods: California Rainstorms and Flood Insurance

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Until very recently, the scarcity of water and the decline in oil prices in California prompted the joke that oil was being used as fracking fluid to get water out of the ground. In the last week, however, so much rain has...more

California’s High Court Gives Insurance Regulators New Tools To Broaden Authority

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Nearly two years ago, a California appellate court invalidated a rule promulgated by the state’s Insurance Commissioner, on the ground that the regulator lacks authority to prohibit “deceptive acts or practices” which are not...more

Arizona Court of Appeals Rules That Coverage for an Additional Insured is no Greater Than Coverage Afforded a Named Insured - -...

by Dickinson Wright on

In a matter of first impression, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently ruled that the “Your Work Exclusion” in a Commercial General Liability (“CGL”) insurance policy bars coverage for an additional insured when the only...more

Fifth Circuit Provides Road Map for Review and Trial of Bad Faith Claims in Mississippi

by Cozen O'Connor on

Mississippi essentially has three levels of claim when insurance is at issue: (1) mere breach of contract, allowing recovery of contract damages; (2) breach of contract + no arguable basis for breach, which entitles recovery...more

Coverage to Rebuild a Foundation to Comply with Changed Building Codes Following a Fire are Subject to Code-Upgrade Endorsement’s...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Does the efficient proximate cause rule serve to afford coverage for the additional costs to rebuild the foundation of a home in compliance with changed building code requirements beyond the sublimit of liability of an...more

SC Court of Appeals Rules Not Every Government Action is a Taking - Landowners may still recover damages

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently considered the appeal of Claude Graham and Vickie Graham against the Town of Latta, South Carolina, in the case of Graham v. Town of Latta, 789 S.E.2d 71 (S.C.Ct.App. 2016). The...more

Competing Causes of Loss: Florida Supreme Court Issues Decision Applying The Concurrent Causation Doctrine

We have discussed on a number of occasions the issue of causation when there are multiple causes of loss, some covered and some not covered. Most jurisdictions apply what is known as the efficient proximate cause analysis...more

Florida Supreme Court Decides that Concurrent Causes Equal Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

It’s said that “defeat is an orphan,” but insurable losses often have multiple, concurrent causes. In some cases, one or more of those causes might be outside the scope of coverage, either by omission or exclusion. In Sebo v....more

Title Bout: Second Circuit Limits Parties’ Control Over Construction Of Policies

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Like other contracts, insurance policies are divided into parts, and most of the parts appear under headings or captions. A separate contract term (known as a “titles clause” or a “headings clause”) sometimes specifies that...more

Florida Sinkhole Statute And Recovery Of Attorneys’ Fees Without Bad Faith: Florida Supreme Court Reverses The 5th DCA And...

In Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co., 2016 Fla. LEXIS 2148 (Sept. 29, 2016), the Florida Supreme Court determined that the 5th DCA misapplied and misinterpreted two statutes, the first providing a presumption of correctness to the...more

Sometimes It’s Hard to Waive Subrogation: Pacific Indemnity v. Deming

by Cozen O'Connor on

According to the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Pacific Indemnity Company v. Deming, 2016 WL 3607028, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 12374 (July 5, 2016) common contractual provisions that...more

“Context Matters” – Tenth Circuit Holds Mudslide Not an Explosion Under Property Policy

by Cozen O'Connor on

On August 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a Colorado district court ruling that the sudden obliteration of a building in a 2013 mudslide did not constitute an “explosion” under a commercial...more

Defence & Indemnity - August 2016: I. INSURANCE ISSUES

by Field Law on

A. In a commercial lease, the covenant of the tenant to insure the landlord along with itself fixes the tenant with the risk of loss. Failure to add the landlord to the policy, as required by the lease, does not allow the...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

Missouri Western District Court of Appeals Reminds Us to Pay No Attention to the Headings for the Revised Statutes

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals recently affirmed a trial court’s issuance of summary judgment and, in the process, reminded practitioners that the bold faced headings in the Revised Statutes are not part of...more

Florida’s Fifth District Allows Evidence of Prior Sinkhole Insurance Settlement in Subsequent Sinkhole Trial

In Tower Hill Signature Ins. v. Speck, 2016 Fla. App. LEXIS 12167 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Aug. 12, 2016), the Fifth District found the trial court abused its discretion by not admitting into evidence the amount of a...more

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