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Insurance Update
September 21, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

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, the

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The Value of Risk Transfer Consulting in Real Estate Transactions and Construction Projects
September 14, 2022 | Michael A. Kotula | Robert A. Maloney | Insurance Coverage

Michael Kotula and Robert Maloney published the article, “The Value of Risk Transfer Consulting in Real Estate Transactions and Construction Projects,” in the Fall 2022 issue of USLAW Magazine.

The article discusses the nuances of the liability and insurance coverage issues that go along with risk transfers.

Read the full article here.

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What Snap Removal Debate Means for Insurance Disputes
September 6, 2022 | Greg E. Mann | Insurance Coverage

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 in

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Lead Paint Litigation Raises Coverage Questions for Policyholders
September 2, 2022 | Robert Tugander | Insurance Coverage

State and local governments have been pursuing “public nuisance” claims against companies responsible in some way for societal problems. We’ve seen cases against manufacturers and distributors of guns, lead paint and opioids. And this theory is being tested in climate change cases against energy companies.

As new legal theories and trends emerge, so do insurance

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New York Insurance Coverage Law Update
August 26, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

Southern District Holds That Claim For Unjust Enrichment Not Covered Claim For “Property Damage”

The owners of a Manhattan apartment hired Zale Contracting to renovate their apart-ment.  After the apartment’s sprinkler system failed, Zale, with the owners’ consent, allegedly repaired the damage caused by the failure and purchased and installed new materials, resulting in additional

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Insurance Update
August 22, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

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,

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New York Insurance Coverage Law Update
July 28, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

Second Circuit Holds That Insurer Precluded From Relying On Exclusions Because Unreasonably Delayed Disclaiming While Basis Was, Or Should Have Been, Apparent

In December 2015, Luis Alberto was working on a construction project at a building owned by the insured when a wall collapsed, causing him to fall to his death.  In December 2017, Alberto’s

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Insurance Update
July 20, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

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 has

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The Title Reporter — Summer 2022
July 6, 2022 | Michael J. Heller | Matthew V. Spero | Real Estate, Zoning & Land Use | Insurance Coverage

Here is what we cover in this issue of The Title Reporter: A Legal Update for the Title Insurance Industry

  • An appellate court in New York has ruled that an exclusion in a title insurance policy precluded coverage of a claim asserted by the policyholders.
  • A federal district court in Illinois has rejected
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New York Insurance Coverage Law Update
June 28, 2022 | Insurance Coverage

Northern District Holds That Late Notice Bars Coverage Under Property Policy

In late 2016, a roofing contractor stepped through the insured’s roof resulting in damage to the roof and internal water damage.  The insured did not file a claim with its property insurer until early 2018, more than a year later.  The insurer, Acadia Insurance

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