Expert Analysis

A Rare Look At Judicial Interpretation Of LEG Exclusions

A Florida federal court’s order last month in Archer Western-De Moya v. Ace American Insurance and an earlier deci... (more story)

Justices Stay The Course In Maritime Choice-Of-Law Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court's narrowly drawn decision in Great Lakes Insurance v. Raiders Retreat Realty, enforcing the... (more story)

Key Lessons After A Rare R&W Insurance Ruling

The recent New York state court decision in Novolex Holdings v. Illinois Union Insurance is noteworthy as one of t... (more story)

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Atty's Letter Is Not A Claim For Damages, Del. Justices Rule

An attorney's presuit letter claiming that Syngenta's herbicide Paraquat caused his clients' Parkinson's disease does not constitute a "claim for damages" under the company's insurance policies with a pair of ... (more story)

Colo. Justices To Hear If Insurers Can Withhold Some Payouts

The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the state's insurance code allowed Geico, following unsuccessful settlement attempts, to refuse paying noneconomic damages to a policyholder for ... (more story)

The Ninth Circuit said Allstate cannot avoid a class action alleging the insurer inflated home insurance premiums for California homeowners by double-counting garage space. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
9th Circ. Backs Homeowners' Cert. In Allstate Overcharge Suit

Allstate will have to face a class action accusing it of artificially inflating home insurance premiums for thousands of California properties by double-counting built-in garage space, a Ninth Circuit panel ru... (more story)

Mo. City Asks 8th Circ. To Revisit COVID-19 Coverage Ruling

A Missouri city urged the full Eighth Circuit Monday to reconsider a panel decision that denied its request for coverage for sales tax revenue losses resulting from shutdowns related to COVID-19, saying the pa... (more story)

Liberty Cuts Off Drivers' Rentals Too Soon, Suit Claims

Liberty Mutual systematically and arbitrarily ends replacement transportation coverage after seven days for policyholders whose vehicles are totaled in collisions, in violation of its own policy language, a pr... (more story)

Texas Justices Say $220M Cobalt Deal Is A Loss Under Policy

A $220 million settlement that now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc. reached with a group of investors constitutes a loss under the energy company's insurance policies, but the agreement is not binding... (more story)

State Farm Seeks Exit From Aircraft Designer's Explosion Row

An aircraft design company is not owed coverage for five underlying lawsuits surrounding an explosion at an aeronautical test site that killed one employee, State Farm has told a California federal court, argu... (more story)

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3rd Circ. Won't Reconsider Coverage Ruling For Deli Stabbing

The Third Circuit declined to review its decision that an insurer for a Philadelphia deli does not owe coverage for a $900,000 settlement reached with a man stabbed on the premises.

Insurance M&A Partner From Sidley Joins Kirkland

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has added a corporate partner in its insurance transactions and regulatory and financial institutions practice groups, bringing on a former Sidley Austin LLP attorney who said he "couldn't... (more story)

Grey Rock Gathering and Marketing LLC, which buys crude oil and stores it in tanks to be resold, sued Liberty Mutual in April, seeking coverage for damages caused by the contamination of its primary crude storage facility. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Oil Trader Says Cargo Storage Expenses Are Covered

An oil and gas trader slammed Liberty Mutual's attempt at an early win in a $2.4 million coverage dispute over losses related to a contaminated oil shipment, telling a New York federal court Thursday it is ent... (more story)

Agent Didn't Owe Mich. Co. Coverage Advice, Panel Says

An insurance agent did not have a duty to advise a business that was damaged in a 2020 dam collapse that its insurance coverage might be inadequate, a Michigan state appeals court ruled, finding there is no sp... (more story)

Fatal Crash Payout Flouts Insurance Law, NC Justices Told

North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance urged the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to undo a trial court's decision that it owes $50,000 to a policyholder whose car caused a fatal wreck, arguing that his l... (more story)

NC Justices Hint At Coverage For Firm's Driver Privacy Row

The North Carolina Supreme Court seemed skeptical Wednesday of an insurer's contention that mailers sent by a law firm to car crash victims based on public accident reports couldn't be considered coverage-trig... (more story)

5th Circ. Affirms Subrogation Loss In Fieldwood Energy Sale

The Fifth Circuit has ruled that a group of insurers that issued surety bonds to bankrupt Fieldwood Energy in a sale of its assets are not entitled to subrogation rights because the bankruptcy court's order st... (more story)

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Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the... (more story)

Insurance Co. Beats Claims Analysts' OT Exemption Suit

A life insurance company prevailed against disability claim analysts alleging they were wrongfully denied overtime pay, as an Illinois federal judge tossed their suit because the workers are administrative emp... (more story)

Bay Club, its board members and Selective Insurance agreed to dismiss their coverage dispute after reaching a settlement in January. (
Club, Insurer Resolve Fiduciary Breach Coverage Row

A country club owner, various club board members and Selective Insurance Co. agreed to dismiss their dispute Thursday in Massachusetts federal court over coverage for breach of contract and fiduciary duty clai... (more story)

State Farm Alleges Health Co. Violated Deal To Drop 366 Suits

Two State Farm units are accusing an automobile accident-focused healthcare center of wrongly pursuing 366 lawsuits against the insurer despite a settlement agreement State Farm said requires the facility to drop those suits.

Insurance Litigation Week In Review

From maritime contracts’ choice-of-law provisions to a question on how far an agency can steer companies from contracting with controversial groups, the past week saw two insurance-related cases before the U.S... (more story)

4th Circ. Won't Rethink Adviser's Defamation Coverage Denial

A Fourth Circuit panel declined to reconsider its decision that an investment adviser is not owed coverage under her firm's professional liability policy for an underlying defamation lawsuit.

8th Circ. Says Nursing Home Fraudster Owes Supplier $7.6M

A nursing home company whose owner pled guilty in January to employment tax fraud in a New Jersey federal case must shoulder a $5 million judgment plus interest and fees for bills it failed to pay a medical su... (more story)