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May 17, 2023 |
Additional insureds and applications. That’s our main theme this month.
Additional insured disputes can sometimes get complicated. How much coverage the additional insured gets is often a hotly contested issue, especially when the named insured has coverage above the minimum limits it promised to get for the additional insured. We see different outcomes on thisRead More
April 17, 2023 |
Courts were in full swing deciding insurance coverage issues over the past month or so. Here are a few that caught our attention.
The Louisiana Supreme Court became the latest state supreme court to find no coverage for pandemic-related business interruption losses because such claims do not involve “direct physical loss.” This case was closelyRead More
March 16, 2023 |
We bring you our March Insurance Update.
As college basketball programs embark on the road to the final four, we select our top four insurance cases from the past month.
In a dispute over the priority of coverage, the New Jersey Supreme Court weighs in on whether a city’s membership in a joint insurance fundRead More
February 16, 2023 |
Here are some of the leading insurance cases from the past month.
The Sixth Circuit is the latest appellate court to address whether insurers must defend drug companies in local government opioid suits. Joining the Ohio and Delaware Supreme Courts, the Sixth Circuit found that because the suits do not seek “damages because of bodilyRead More
January 24, 2023 |
It was a busy end to the year, as courts handed down several key insurance decisions before ringing in 2023.
The Ohio Supreme Court considered the contours of “direct physical loss or damage” in two separate decisions – one for pandemic-related business interruption losses, the other for losses from a ransomware attack. In both cases,Read More
December 20, 2022 |
We roll out our December Insurance Update just in time for the holidays.
Here’s what’s inside:
- The California Supreme Court discusses rules of policy construction in the context of a TCPA claim against Yahoo.
- A Minnesota federal judge considers data breach coverage for wire transfers to a fraudulent account.
- A Massachusetts federal court weighs
November 21, 2022 |
Our November Insurance Update covers several topics.
We’ve seen cases on whether contractors who repair homes can recover directly from insurers through assignments. The Nebraska Supreme Court now considers whether a policyholder can assign to a non-policyholder a cause of action for first-party bad faith.
The Delaware Supreme Court is the latestRead More
October 24, 2022 |
Kidnapping, treasure hunts, insurgents shooting down airplanes — sounds like the Fall TV lineup. But no, it’s our October Insurance Update.
And in honor of the month’s most treasured sporting event, the Fall Classic, we roll out a lineup of nine sluggers that will bring you up to date on what’s happened in the worldRead More
September 21, 2022 |
Some important insurance decisions were handed down over the past month.
We begin in Ohio, where public nuisance claims by state and local governments over opioids and lead paint were on full display. In Acuity, the Ohio Supreme Court found that the opioid suits were not brought “because of bodily injury.” A week earlier, theRead More
September 6, 2022 |
When defendants are sued in state court, one of the first things defense attorneys will usually consider is whether the case is removable, and if so, whether it should be removed.
A recent practice, spurred by case law, has allowed defendants in some jurisdictions to remove to federal court. This is particularly a concern inRead More
August 22, 2022 |
A few years back, we discussed the Montana Supreme Court’s Parker decision, which interpreted an earth movement exclusion in a first-party claim under a homeowner’s policy. There, a boulder dislodged from a hillside and damaged the insured’s house. The issue was whether a tumbling boulder should be considered earth movement. The court said yes. Now,Read More
July 20, 2022 |
Our July Insurance Update is here. This is what we discuss.
“Hoosier” daddy? When a Little Daddy’s bouncer chased a drunk patron from Big Daddy’s parking lot, who knew it would lead to the Indiana Supreme Court adopting the efficient and predominant cause theory, no matter whose Daddy the bouncer was working for.
Oklahoma hasRead More
June 21, 2022 |
Coverage disputes often center on whether the policy language is clear. Under the rules of contract construction, unambiguous language in an insurance policy must be given its plain and ordinary meaning. Sometimes, policyholders try to create an ambiguity despite language that seems clear on its face, or suggest another reason why the language should notRead More
May 18, 2022 |
You’ll find some notable decisions in our May Insurance Update.
Appeals over pandemic-related business interruption losses have made their way up to state high courts. And so far, these courts have continued the trend favoring insurers.
The Texas Supreme Court addresses an issue of first impression: What duty of care does an insurer owe toRead More
April 21, 2022 |
Cases in our April Insurance Update address several questions:
- Are costs incurred to comply with a subpoena covered?
- What must an insured show to rebut the presumption of prejudice in a late notice situation?
- What are related claims under claims-made policies?
- How does a retroactive date limitation apply?
- Is there a “loss of use”
March 21, 2022 |
Texas practitioners can add a new term to their legal vocabulary: “the Monroe exception.” The Texas Supreme Court has finally weighed in on whether to create an exception to the eight corners rule when determining if an insurer has a duty to defend. Crafting a rule similar to what the Fifth Circuit proposed years earlier,Read More
February 28, 2022 |
On February 25, 2022, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law amendments that relieve some of the most stringent insurance disclosure obligations for defendants under the December 2021 Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act (CIDA).
CIDA, signed into law on December 31, 2021, significantly expanded the scope of defendant’s insurance disclosure obligations under CPLR 3101(f). CIDARead More
February 22, 2022 |
Causation, an issue courts often wrestle with when deciding insurance coverage issues, lands the starring role in our February Insurance Update.
- A county experienced higher costs due to the opioid crisis. Does its complaint against drug stores allege damages because of bodily injury?
- A company sells a knock-off trailer with its logo on the
January 24, 2022 |
Cases discussed in our January Insurance Update answer these questions:
- A commercial crime policy covers property that the insured “holds for others.” In the context of a phishing scheme, does “hold” mean the insured must possess the diverted funds or simply have some control over them?
- Federal and state agencies order a manufacturer to
January 7, 2022 |
This article was published as an Expert Analysis in Law360.
Many states have statutes or public policy that prohibits insurers from indemnifying policyholders for claims caused by their own willful acts. This is typical in the context of criminal acts or punitive damages, which many jurisdictions consider uninsurable. Likewise, statutory consumer protection claims are often uninsurable.Read More
December 20, 2021 |
Our December Insurance Update features four cases.
The Minnesota Supreme Court decides if a resident-relative exclusion violates public policy.
A Texas appellate court considers, for a second time, if damage from illegal dumping was caused by an “occurrence.”
A Massachusetts appellate court determines whether an uninsured premises exclusion applies where the claim dates back toRead More
November 22, 2021 |
We bring you our November Insurance Update.
Here’s what happened over the past month.
Insurers scored a hat trick before the Ninth Circuit, as the court found no coverage for pandemic-related business interruption losses in three separate cases. The cases addressed the “direct physical loss” language, the virus exclusion, causation, and civil authority coverage.
October 18, 2021 |
Here’s our October Insurance Update.
The Sixth Circuit had insurance on its mind this past month. Three of the decisions we discuss in our update are from that court.
First, the Sixth Circuit joins the Eighth and Eleventh Circuits in finding that pandemic-based business interruption losses did not amount to a “direct physical loss ofRead More
October 6, 2021 | |
The cyber insurance market landscape continues to change, as insurers grapple with the growing threats hackers pose to policyholders. But less discussed are insurers’ internal cyber security practices. Insurers possess extensive personal information about policyholders, making insurers attractive targets for hackers.
In October 2017, responding to these concerns, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (theRead More
September 20, 2021 |
September. Synonymous with back to school, the end of summer, and the start of the NFL season. And while the Cowboys and Bucs kicked off the season this year, another epic battle was brewing out west in the corridors of the Ninth Circuit.
The public policy in most states is to enforce arbitration agreements inRead More
August 23, 2021 |
Here is what you will find in our August Insurance Update:
- Pollution Exclusion Bars Coverage for Criminal Proceeding Over Submission of Fraudulent Coal-Dust Samples, Sixth Circuit Affirms
- Fifth Circuit Finds Insurer Has Duty to Defend Insured for a Data Breach Litigation Under Policy’s Personal and Advertising Coverage
- Warranty Exclusion Bars D&O Liability Coverage for
July 26, 2021 |
A recent federal appeals court case applying Utah law goes to the heart of the conflict that arises between a policyholder and insurer when an insurer defends a policyholder under a reservation of rights and receives a settlement offer. The case is Owners Ins. Co. v. Dockstader, No. 19-4156 (10th Cir. June 29, 2021).
July 19, 2021 |
Appellate courts have been busy the last few weeks deciding a wide swath of insurance issues.
The Eighth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to weigh in on pandemic-related business interruption claims.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court discusses obligations owed to “innocent insureds,” while a California appellate court addresses the liability of a life insurerRead More
June 23, 2021 |
Insurance coverage litigation often centers on the interpretation of specific terms and phrases in an insurance policy.
In our June Insurance Update:
- The Illinois Supreme Court decides whether disclosure of biometric identifiers to a single party is a “publication” and whether a BIPA claim involves a “right of privacy”
- A federal court in Kentucky
May 24, 2021 |
We bring you our May Insurance Update.
In this month’s update:
- The Minnesota Supreme Court considers an issue of first impression over the reasonableness of settlement agreements that fail to allocate between covered and uncovered claims
- The Seventh Circuit decides whether a policy’s TCPA exclusion bars coverage for common law claims arising out of
April 22, 2021 |
We bring you our April insurance update.
In this month’s update, state high courts consider reimbursement of defense costs, reimbursement of medical marijuana costs, and reimbursement of ransomware payments.
Federal courts determine whether a debt collector is entitled to a defense in a suit over its aggressive recovery tactics and whether a manufacturer is outRead More
March 17, 2021 |
In our March Insurance Update, we discuss four state supreme court cases and four cybercrime cases.
The state high courts address:
- From whose perspective should a consent-to-settle provision be judged?
- What standard applies when construing an intentional injury exclusion?
- Does prior knowledge by one employee of an insured void claims-made coverage for all employees?
February 17, 2021 |
Our February insurance update discusses several issues involving first-party and third-party insurance claims.
- The Florida Supreme Court answers a certified question about the type of damages available to first-party litigants in breach of insurance contract cases.
- The Tenth Circuit considers the breadth of an earth movement exclusion and whether damage caused by a rolling
January 25, 2021 |
Courts ended 2020 with a flurry of insurance decisions. Our January 2021 Update highlights some of these decisions, including several by state supreme courts.
We begin with a new twist on pandemic-related claims. Within two days of each other, federal district court judges found, on the one hand, that Covid-19 business interruption losses were notRead More
December 17, 2020 |
Here is what we cover in our December Insurance Update.
- In a case of first impression, the Illinois Supreme Court construes a mechanical device exclusion in an auto policy.
- A New Jersey federal judge considers whether an insured is covered under its E&O policy for an email spoofing scheme.
- Federal courts in California and
November 19, 2020 |
Our November Insurance Update touches upon some novel issues.
- Is an appraisal action – a proceeding to determine fair stock value on the date of merger – a Securities Claim for purposes of a D&O policy?
- Must a workers’ compensation carrier pay for medical marijuana costs?
- Does a pollution exclusion bar a landlord’s costs
October 19, 2020 |
- Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Centralizes Some COVID-19 Related Insurance Cases
- Ninth Circuit Rejects Excess Insurer’s “Improper Erosion” Theory
- Insurer Had No Duty to Defend Landfill Operator in Criminal Proceeding Stemming from Pollution Incidents, Fifth Circuit Holds
- Repeated Fuel Thefts by Truck Drivers Who Exploited Programming
September 24, 2020 |
Greg Mann was published in The CLM, “Malicious Prosecution Claims: Trend or Anomaly?”
The article discusses recent decisions that have created a new wrinkle in the insurance coverage debate.
Click here to read the article.Read More
August 21, 2020 |
The duty to defend takes center stage in this month’s Insurance Update, and particularly, when extrinsic evidence may be considered in assessing that duty.
As it’s back to school time (whether virtually or in person), we thought we’d begin with a short quiz.
Which of the following circumstances gives rise to an insurer’s duty toRead More
July 15, 2020 |
We bring you our July Insurance Update.
Perhaps the biggest news this month comes out of Michigan.
At a Zoom hearing on July 1, a Michigan Circuit Court judge became the first to hand down a decision on whether business interruption losses caused by COVID-19 are covered. In Gavrilides Mgmt. Co. v. Michigan Ins. Co.,Read More
June 20, 2020 |
“Intent” is the main theme of our June Insurance Update.
Policyholders will often point to allegations of negligence in attempting to secure coverage for claims involving the policyholder’s intentional conduct. But it’s the facts, not the labels, that determine coverage. And we discuss several decisions in our update emphasizing this point. Whether in the contextRead More
May 21, 2020 |
We bring you our May Insurance Update.
We begin with three state high court decisions.
Last month, we discussed the Texas Supreme Court’s reaffirmance of the eight corners rule. This month, the Texas Supreme Court carves out an exception to that rule.
Presented with a certified question involving the significance of “those sums” language onRead More
April 27, 2020 |
Our April 2020 Insurance Update can be found here.
We begin with a recap of some of the COVID-19 business interruption claims filed against insurers. For more on COVID-19, please be sure to visit our Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are some of the insurance articles you will find there.
Proposed COVID-19 Bills Targeting Insurers: Do They PassRead More
March 20, 2020 |
First and foremost, we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
As you probably have noticed, Rivkin Radler has issued a series of bulletins over the past several days to help our clients navigate through this difficult time.
In addition to these bulletins, we will also continue to provide our monthly newsletters. Here is whatRead More
February 18, 2020 |
Courts have been busy deciding insurance disputes. As a result, our February Insurance Update is quite robust.
Here are the headlines from this month’s update:
Whether Intentional Assault Is an “Accident” Depends on Insured’s Viewpoint, Delaware Supreme Court Rules
- Illinois Supreme Court Applies Auto Policy’s “Unambiguous” Anti-stacking Clause
- Eighth Circuit Rejects Coverage for “Dome-Outs”
January 21, 2020 |
Our January Insurance Update is packed with cases.
We begin with state high court decisions addressing: (1) water and weather exclusions; (2) the validity of consent-to-settle provisions; and (3) whether an insurer breaches its duty to its insured by settling for policy limits without obtaining a liability release for the insured.
We then move onRead More
December 17, 2019 |
Readers of our monthly insurance newsletter may be familiar with the Sanders case. That’s the case that addresses the proper trigger for a malicious prosecution action. Since a wrongful conviction can lead to steep damages, which policy is on the hook for those damages can be an important issue for insurers. Earlier in the year,Read More
November 19, 2019 |
Our November Insurance Update is here.
We report on two cases featured in past updates that have now made their way up to state supreme courts.
In Vanderbilt, the Connecticut Supreme Court upholds an intermediate appellate court’s broad application of the “occupational disease” exclusion. The court ruled that the exclusion is not limited only toRead More
October 15, 2019 |
Our October Insurance Update is now available.
We discuss a case with an unfortunate, but familiar story. A group of masked bandits, who notoriously carry out their misdeeds at night, ransacked a home looking for whatever valuables they could find. Based on the trail of destruction left behind by these intruders, however, the homeowner couldRead More
September 16, 2019 |
Our September Insurance Update features several state and federal appellate court rulings.
We kick off this month’s issue with a decision that liability insurers will appreciate. Courts differ as to whether coverage defenses based on lack of consent require an insurer to demonstrate prejudice. The California Supreme Court explains that while prejudice may be requiredRead More
August 21, 2019 |
Rob Tugander and Greg Mann published an article in the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Summer 2019 Newsletter entitled, “Sanders v. Illinois Union: The Start of a New Trend on Malicious Prosecution Trigger, or Simply an Outlier.”
Click here to read the article.Read More
August 19, 2019 |
Our August Insurance Update is now available.
In November 2017, we reported on a California federal district court opinion regarding the TV series Dig, a production based out of Jerusalem. The show’s producers moved the series out of Jerusalem after Hamas had fired rockets into Israel. The relocation was costly and the producers sought reimbursementRead More
July 16, 2019 |
Our July Insurance Update is now available. Strap in, because we’re headed on a cross-country journey.
We start out in New York where the Court of Appeals hands down an important ruling involving no-fault payments to non-physician controlled medical services corporations.
We then cross the bridge into New Jersey where that state’s Supreme Court considersRead More
June 19, 2019 |
Our June insurance update is now available. Packed with cases, our update touches upon a variety of issues.
We start off with two state high court decisions. One deals with faulty work, the other considers whether a third-party claims administrator must answer to a claim for bad faith.
Sticking with bad faith, a Delaware courtRead More
May 17, 2019 |
Just like the abundance of rain we’ve had so far this spring, we’ve seen a recent downpour of coverage disputes. And just like the April showers that brought us May flowers, those coverage disputes have now blossomed into some interesting decisions. Our May Insurance Update discusses some of the best picks:
- The insured sells
April 17, 2019 |
Our April Insurance Update is here. It addresses the following questions:
- A claimant offers to settle within policy limits, and then revokes the offer 41 days later. Claimant goes to trial and gets an excess judgment. Has the insurer breached its duty to settle? The Georgia Supreme Court decides and clarifies its precedent on
January 9, 2019 |
We hope you had an enjoyable holiday and that your new year is off to a good start.
Here’s a quick look at the cases discussed in our January Insurance Update.
- Nevada Supreme Court Says Insurer That Has Not Acted in Bad Faith May Still Be Liable for Any Consequential Damages Caused By the
November 16, 2018 |
It was a bountiful month in terms of insurance decisions. And as a result, our November Insurance Update is like a “Thanksgiving Day feast.” With a healthy serving of decisions from state high courts, intermediate appellate courts, and federal circuit courts, our update touches upon first-party issues, third-party issues, and a case insurance brokers willRead More
October 17, 2018 |
Our October Insurance Update is packed with interesting cases.
We begin with a pair of cases addressing whether the insured’s liability was because of property damage. One case deals with future lost profits, the other concerns the failure to award a college degree.
In our next pair of cases, the homeowner’s insurer properly denied coverage. Did theRead More
May 25, 2018 | |
The insurance industry is becoming the next frontier for cybersecurity regulations. On May 8, 2018, South Carolina became the first state to adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC’s) regulations specific to insurers and brokers, and the Rhode Island Legislature is currently considering a similar bill.
The NAIC, the leading national regulatory support organization, inRead More
July 13, 2017 |
The Trump Administration created new uncertainty in a recent Court filing by declaring its intentions to rewrite an Obama-era regulation designed to dramatically expand the number of workers covered by federal overtime rules. Employers have been left in limbo since last November when a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction that prevented the U.S.Read More
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