Property

  • January 25, 2024

    Insurer Says Contractor Not Covered In Oil Refinery Fire Suits

    A petrochemical contractor is not entitled to coverage for a number of suits over an incident at an Arkansas oil refinery in which a hazardous substance was released and caught fire, an excess insurer told a Texas federal court Thursday, saying the contractor's two-year delay in providing notice bars coverage.

  • January 25, 2024

    La. Auto Dealer, Insurer Settle $1.2M Ida Coverage Row

    A car dealer agreed to permanently end its bid for more than $1.2 million in Hurricane Ida-related coverage from its insurers, telling a Louisiana federal court that it had reached a settlement with its insurers.

  • January 25, 2024

    No Sanctions For Receivership Settlement Delays, Judge Says

    A Michigan federal judge approved a business interruption coverage settlement concerning a Detroit property in receivership, allowing the property's owner to dodge a bid for sanctions brought by the receiver over delays in signing the agreement.

  • January 25, 2024

    State Farm Beats Suit Alleging Excessive COVID-Era Premiums

    A California federal judge on Thursday said State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. did not collect excessive premiums during the COVID-19 pandemic, handing the insurer an early win in a proposed class action brought by a cafe owner.

  • January 25, 2024

    Power Co. Can't Dismiss Explosion Fraud Claim, Insurers Say

    Two insurers for an infrastructure technology company urged an Ohio federal court not to toss their bid to recoup $18.7 million in damages for a manufacturing facility explosion, maintaining that state law supports their ability to bring both a breach of contract and fraud claim.

  • January 25, 2024

    NJ Justices Keep Up Trend Of Virus Suit Wins For Insurers

    In turning back an Atlantic City casino's $50 million bid for pandemic loss coverage, New Jersey's top court kept in line with the vast majority of courts deciding such suits, while shutting the door to Garden State policyholders seeking virus coverage, experts say.

  • January 24, 2024

    Apartment, Insurers Settle Stalled Construction Coverage Row

    A Tampa, Florida, apartment complex owner and its insurers settled their dispute in federal court over coverage for delayed construction after mediation, they said Wednesday in a joint settlement notice.

  • January 24, 2024

    NY Developer Says Court Lacks Jurisdiction In $1.7M Fire Suit

    A real estate CEO accused of lying on his insurance application asked a New York federal judge to dismiss an insurer's case disclaiming $1.7 million in fire damage coverage for a 19th century estate his business owned in Albany, saying the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • January 24, 2024

    Samsung, Best Buy Owe Insurer In Microwave Fire, Court Told

    Samsung and Best Buy should reimburse State Farm for a $231,000 payment covering damage to a home in a fire that State Farm claims was caused by a defective microwave, the insurer alleged in a complaint removed to Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 24, 2024

    Accused Fraudster Hurting Policyholders, NC Justices Told

    Four insurers told the North Carolina Supreme Court that a former insurance mogul facing criminal fraud charges is still running his businesses, contrary to a contract and lower court order, renewing their request for clarity on what parts of an appellate court's opinion the high court will review.

  • January 23, 2024

    Insurer Tells Wash. High Court No Coverage For Faulty Roof

    Farmers Insurance Exchange told the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that a "resulting loss exception" to a defective work exclusion in a condominium complex policy should not allow it to recover for condensation damage to its roof resulting from inadequate ventilation.

  • January 23, 2024

    NC Poultry Plant Sanctioned For Last-Minute Document Dump

    The North Carolina Business Court has sanctioned a chicken plant for disclosing key evidence on the eve of an insurance fraud trial stemming from a 2017 fire, finding the late document dump was caused by "extreme negligence."

  • January 23, 2024

    Insurer Says No Coverage Of $1M Suit By NYC Four Seasons

    A construction company working on a Four Seasons Hotel in midtown Manhattan told a New York federal court that insurers should pay to defend it in a $1 million suit brought by the hotel alleging damages to its guest rooms, while its insurer said Tuesday that it wants the case dismissed.

  • January 23, 2024

    Progressive Customers Fire Back At Proposed Dismissal

    Progressive customers in a consolidated proposed class action surrounding the exposure of nearly 350,000 users' personal data to unauthorized actors urged an Ohio federal judge to reject the insurer's dismissal bid, arguing in part that the motion couldn't get around Progressive's own admission to the leak of information.

  • January 23, 2024

    Condo Assoc. Says Insurer Played Favorites In Fee Dispute

    A Virgin Islands condominium association told an Illinois federal court that an AIG unit played favorites in a fee payment dispute between its insureds, refusing to cover more than $500,000 in legal fees for the association while fully funding its opponent.

  • January 23, 2024

    Condo Assoc. Says Insurer Can't Limit Bombing Coverage

    A Nashville, Tennessee, condominium owners association said it's entitled to $10.7 million from its insurer to repair property that was damaged in a bombing in December 2020, telling a federal court that an exclusion for buildings designated as historic structures does not apply to limit recovery.

  • January 22, 2024

    La. Landlord Says Insurer Must Face Hurricane Damage Suit

    A suburban New Orleans commercial property owner asked a Louisiana federal judge to allow its case over more than $220,000 in damage from Hurricane Ida in 2021 to continue, poking holes in its insurer's request to toss the case.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insurer Says No Coverage For $2.5M In Car Wash Break-Ins

    An insurer and a car wash owner filed competing motions for full or partial summary judgment in a $2.5 million California federal court suit over insurance coverage for a series of thefts and break-ins at the car wash in 2018 and 2019.

  • January 22, 2024

    Colo. Contractor Seeks Defense For $2M Defects Arbitration

    A Colorado general contractor is suing five insurers over their refusal to defend the company in arbitration proceedings over construction defects at a senior living community, telling a Colorado federal court they owe coverage under policies issued to its subcontractors.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insurer Settles $10M Coverage Fight With Contractor, Condo

    A Tokio Marine unit reached a settlement with a contractor and a West Hollywood condominium association, ending the parties' California federal court dispute over coverage for an estimated $10 million in replacement costs for defective plumbing and mechanical work.

  • January 22, 2024

    Condo To Tell 6th Circ. Insurer Must Cover Resident Suits

    A Detroit condominium association said it will urge the Sixth Circuit to reverse a Michigan federal court's ruling that its insurer does not owe it coverage for underlying suits over damaged fences, defamation and legal fees.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Nev. Justices Dismiss Hilton Insurers' Appeal In Virus Suit

    The Nevada Supreme Court said it can't review a rejected bid to dismiss Hilton's state court suit seeking more than $1.7 billion from its insurers for COVID-19 losses, granting Hilton's request to toss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

  • January 19, 2024

    4th Circ. Lets Insurer Fly The Coop In Vulture Infestation Row

    A Maryland strip mall that was pecked by turkey vultures did suffer an "infestation," a Fourth Circuit panel found Friday, affirming a lower court's judgment in favor of an insurer, finding the bird damage constituted an excluded event.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Ruling Highlights Need For Specific Insurance Disclaimers

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    New York coverage counsel responsible for writing disclaimer letters should heed a recent appellate decision, Bahnuk v. Countryway Insurance, in which the letter sent to the plaintiff was deemed to be insufficiently specific, leaving the insurance company on the hook for coverage, says Dan Kohane at Hurwitz Fine.

  • 5 Tips For Filing Gov't Notices After Insurance Producer M&A

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    As insurance producer acquisition activity picks up in 2023, requiring a daunting process of notifying information changes to each Department of Insurance where the entity is licensed, certain best practices will help buyers alleviate frustration and avoid administrative actions and fines, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.

  • Policyholder Lessons From Sandy No-Coverage Decision

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    A New York federal court recently decided that in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Madelaine Chocolate knew Great Northern Insurance’s all-risk policy offered no coverage for storm surge — an important reminder that policyholders should review policy language for ambiguities or anti-concurrent causation clauses, say Dennis Artese and Joshua Zelen at Anderson Kill.

  • Insureds' Notice Pleading May Be Insufficient In Federal Court

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    A recent New Jersey federal court ruling in Bauman v. Hanover Insurance held that bare-bones notice pleading was insufficient and dismissed the policyholder's coverage complaint, a reminder that courts may require more than an expression of general disagreement with an insurance company's denial letter to proceed with the case, says Eugene Killian at The Killian Firm.

  • 5th Circ. Offers Expert Opinion Guidance For Insurance Cases

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    A recent Fifth Circuit decision in Majestic Oil v. Lloyd's of London provides insight into how Texas' concurrent causation doctrine could affect insurance cases where the cause of damage is at issue, and raises considerations for litigants faced with new or revised expert reports after the deadline has passed, say Brian Scarbrough and Cianan Lesley at Jenner & Block.

  • A Look At Florida's Aggressively Pro-Insurer Tort Reform

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    Florida's new tort reform law is an unwarranted gift to insurance companies that seeks to strip policyholders of key rights while doing little to curb excessive litigation, say Garrett Nemeroff and Hugh Lumpkin at Reed Smith.

  • Navigating High Court's Options In Insurer Choice Of Law

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    Depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court approaches the question of when insurers may invoke choice-of-law clauses in maritime contracts to dodge state-specific liability, the Great Lakes v. Raiders Retreat Realty decision may mean significant changes not only for admiralty law disputes, but for the insurance industry more broadly, say Lara Cassidy and Adriana Perez at Hunton.

  • How Cannabis Cos. Can Comply With NJ Industrial Site Law

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    As New Jersey’s recreational cannabis market flourishes, manufacturers that may be subject to a state environmental law must take extra precautions to mitigate potential liabilities and costs, including for historical contamination, says Matthew Karmel at Offit Kurman.

  • As EVs Surge, Regs For Charger Warranties Remain Murky

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    Even as electric vehicles move rapidly into the mainstream, extended warranties for EV chargers do not always fit clearly into existing regulatory categories — but how such contracts are classified can have serious implications for the companies that issue and sell them, say attorneys at Locke Lord.

  • Tips For Plaintiffs Attorneys Ahead Of Expanded Fire Season

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    With the expansion of fire season — both in length of time and geography — plaintiffs lawyers can expect fire-related litigation to increase this coming year and need to prepare themselves and their clients for claims that are complex, time-consuming and costly, says Gerald Singleton at Singleton Schreiber.

  • Establishing A Record Of Good Faith In Mediation

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    Viacom v. U.S. Specialty Insurance, and other recent cases, highlight the developing criteria for determining good faith participation in mediation, as well as several practical tips to establish such a record, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Using ChatGPT To Handle Insurance Claims Is A Risky Move

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    ChatGPT gets some insurance law questions surprisingly wrong, and while it handles broader coverage concepts significantly better, using it to assist with coverage questions will likely lead to erroneous results and could leave insurers liable for bad faith, says Randy Maniloff at White and Williams.

  • Insureds Must Prep For Drought-Related Service Interruptions

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    Amid the ongoing U.S. water crisis, corporate policyholders must prepare for the emerging risk of service interruption property damage and time element loss, including through careful examination of their current and renewal property policies, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes Boone.

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