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Illinois Appellate Court Recognizes Common Interest Exception to Waiver of Privilege Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 7, 2017, an Illinois appellate court held that co-defendants in a case who agree to share information pursuant to their common interest in defeating their litigation opponent do not waive either the...more

Texas Appellate Court Confirms that Insurer’s Payment of Appraisal Award Precludes Common Law and Statutory Bad Faith Claims

Ortiz v. State Farm Lloyds, No. 04-17-00252-CV, 2017 WL 5162315 (Tex. Ct. App. Nov. 8, 2017). Oscar Ortiz submitted a claim to State Farm for damage to his property resulting from wind and a hailstorm. After inspecting the...more

Bad Faith – Another Angle

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In August 2011, Jeffrey Vanderhall was riding his bicycle when he was hit by a car and seriously injured. It is now six years, three courts and two bad faith attempts later... To describe the procedural history of this...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

“Better Late Than Never” Not a Refrain for the Defaulting Defendant Lacking a Potentially Meritorious Defense

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Statutorily imposed deadlines are not optional for commercial litigants; this much should be obvious. Notwithstanding, and despite numerous technological calendaring options available to commercial litigators, deadlines are...more

New Jersey Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable to Unintentional Contamination

In its recent decision in Benjamin v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131078 (D.N.J. Aug. 17, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the scope of the...more

Update on Labor Depreciation Class Actions

There have been two recent federal district court decisions in the widespread class action litigation involving the application of depreciation to the labor cost component of replacement cost value on property insurance...more

Failure To Hold Back Settlement Funds Subject To A Medical Lien Can Expose An Insurer To Treble Damages

by Ellis & Winters LLP on

A court’s decision to impose liability for committing an unfair or deceptive trade practice in a particular case may have wide-ranging implications—even when the amount in dispute in the matter itself is relatively...more

Texas Supreme Court Says ‘Proportionality Is the Polestar’ in E-Discovery

by Zapproved LLC on

In re State Farm Lloyds, No. 15-0903, 2017 BL 177212 (Tex. May 26, 2017). In this discovery dispute, the Texas Supreme Court “elucidate[d] the guiding principles” that govern discovery by concluding that its state rules...more

District Court Rules “Professional Services” Exclusion means Professional Services

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Recently, the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina granted judgment in favor of an insurance carrier, finding the carrier did not owe a duty of defense or a duty to indemnify the insured in an...more

Washington Appeals Court Shoots Holes in Bad Faith Setup, Attorney-Client Privilege

by Cozen O'Connor on

In State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Robert Charles Justus (Case No. 47913-3-II), the Washington Court of Appeals (Division II) ruled on three important issues for insurers relating to bad faith actions. The first issue...more

Texas Supreme Court Announces E-Discovery Guidelines

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

Discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) plays an increasingly important—and expensive—role in litigation. With few opportunities to provide guidance on discovery disputes, the Texas Supreme Court recently seized...more

Occurrence-Based Insurance Policies and Claims-Made Insurance Policies – There’s a Crucial Difference

I’ve yet to find reading through an insurance policy on anyone’s “bucket list.” But read them you should. Or have your attorney read through them (wink, wink). Because when you need to tender a claim there’s...more

Does the Motor Vehicle Exclusion in your Homeowners Policy apply in every case?

Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg has a critical expertise in analyzing both Auto and Homeowners policies. One of the more confusing areas is whether a Homeowners or Renters liability policy can somehow...more

The Graber Opinion is Confirmed as an Outlier in Matters Involving Texas Appraisals

by Zelle LLP on

With the continued onslaught of hail and other weather related litigation in Texas, insurance carriers often elect to resolve claims through the appraisal process outlined in the policy. Insurance carriers historically...more

Oregon Supreme Court Rules Insurer May Owe Attorney Fees Even After Settlement

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Oregon Supreme Court, in Long v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon, ruled that “when an insured files an action against an insurer to recover sums owing on an insurance policy and the insurer subsequently pays the...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions - February 2016

INSURANCE; BAD FAITH; GENUINE DISPUTE DOCTRINE - Paslay v. State Farm General Insurance Co. (2016) 248 Cal.App.4th 639 203 Cal.Rptr.3d 785 - FACTS: State Farm issued a homeowners policy to Paslay, the...more

Florida's SIU Tool Belt Is a Bit Lighter Today

Florida has been plagued with insurance fraud for decades.  All insurance coverages are susceptible to fraud, but scams are especially prevalent in the context of automobile accidents.  Staged crashes, patient brokering,...more

Federal Courts Refuse to Enforce Waiver of Subrogation Clauses in Certain Residential Situations

by Cozen O'Connor on

In two recent decisions, federal courts sitting in New Jersey and Pennsylvania refused to dismiss subrogation claims filed by the insurers of a homeowner and lessees of apartments who suffered damages paid by their carriers....more

A Reprieve from the Deluge of Hail Litigation in Texas

by Zelle LLP on

In recent years, the number of Texas lawsuits arising from hail-damage claims to residential and commercial properties has reached staggering levels, leaving the courts in several Texas counties struggling to keep up with...more

Alaska Creates Exception to General Rule that Injured Party Cannot Sue Insured’s Carrier

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Supreme Court of Alaska in Burnett v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 2017 WL 382648 (Alaska 2017) recently decided in a 3-2 decision that an insurer who voluntarily assumed the responsibility for cleaning up an...more

Washington Supreme Court Restricts Claims Under the Insurance Fair Conduct Act

In a significant victory for insurers, the Washington Supreme Court interpreted the Insurance Fair Conduct Act (IFCA), RCW 48.30.015, for the first time and held that IFCA does not authorize an independent cause of action for...more

Washington Supreme Court Limits “Insurance Fair Conduct Act” — Three Things Insurers Must Know

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Groundhog Day 2017, the Washington Supreme Court issued its first major opinion interpreting the state’s 2007 “Insurance Fair Conduct Act” (IFCA). The decade-old legislation had caused shockwaves among insurers when its...more

State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. v. United States ex rel. Rigsby addresses sanctions for violating the seal provision of the False Claims Act (FCA). ...more

Accrual of Statutes of Limitations in TX Bad Faith Claims

by Zelle LLP on

Every Texas building owner knows that shortly after a hail or wind storm the doorbell knockers will follow. These doorbell knockers are typically contractors or public adjusters, but may even now be attorneys (or their...more

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