Specialty Lines

  • February 12, 2024

    Geico Says Medical Fraudsters Nabbed $1.1M In Auto Benefits

    Several unlicensed individuals submitted hundreds of fraudulent charges for services provided to Geico-insured car accident victims, the insurer has alleged in New York federal court, claiming it lost more than $1.1 million in the no-fault insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms Starr Can't Sue To Defend Coverage Denial

    The Second Circuit on Friday refused to revive Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s suit, which a district court had concluded the insurer used to defend its decision to deny a clothing company coverage for stolen and water-damaged goods.

  • February 09, 2024

    4th Circ. Atty Fraud Ruling Limits Criminal Defense Coverage

    The Fourth Circuit pushed criminal matters to the outer margins of professional liability insurance as it finalized its decision affirming a Maryland attorney is not entitled to coverage of defense costs from charges that he defrauded financial institutions.

  • February 09, 2024

    New York Teacher Pays $75K For Mock Slave Auction Harm

    A northern New York teacher will pay $75,000 for holding a mock slave auction of Black students in her classroom, settling a federal suit over a lesson a 10-year-old student's mother said emotionally damaged her son.

  • February 09, 2024

    Adviser Asks 4th Circ. To Rethink Defamation Coverage Denial

    An investment adviser asked the Fourth Circuit to rethink its decision affirming a lower court’s ruling that she was not entitled to coverage under her firm's professional liability insurance policy, saying that the opinion "defies any logic" and contradicts settled South Carolina law.

  • February 09, 2024

    Liberty Mutual Bailed On Wire Fraud Coverage, Agency Says

    Liberty Mutual wrongly denied crime coverage to an insurance agency after it lost more than $228,000 because of wire fraud, the agency alleged in a suit filed in Virgin Islands federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Adjuster No Longer To Pretend To Be Lloyd's Of London

    An insurance adjuster who hijacked the good name of British underwriting giant Lloyd's of London after blaming it for lost compensation agreed in Texas federal court to shut down businesses he opened in its name.

  • February 08, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Hiscox's Win In Design Co. CEO Fraud Row

    Hiscox Insurance Co. does not have to cover a design and marketing company's $850,000 arbitration award to a former CEO over alleged fraud, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, finding that the arbitrator's decision qualified as a final adjudication that triggered a fraud exclusion in its policy.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Rejects $60M Liposuction Death Coverage Plea

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed on Thursday a district court's decision rejecting a man's request to recover a $60 million judgment from a medical practice's insurer for a liposuction-related death, finding that the practice's coverage was already diminished to the point of exhaustion.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurance Orgs. Say Bill Would Prevent CFPB Overreach

    Bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has drawn support from insurance regulators and industry trade groups who say the bureau has encroached upon state-based insurance regulation despite clear statutory limitations.

  • February 08, 2024

    Broker Hit With Suit Over Data Breach Affecting 1.5 Million

    A California insurance broker is facing a proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court accusing the company of failing to keep the health and personal information of more than 1.5 million customers safe from exposure in an August cyberattack.

  • February 08, 2024

    NYC Jet Skier's Death Suit Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A jet ski tour company's row with the estate of a customer who died while on a tour does not qualify for defense or indemnity coverage, the company's insurer argued to a New York federal court, asserting that the company's alleged errors and omissions preclude coverage under its policy.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurer Improperly Settled Shooting Claims, Court Told

    A Seattle-based housing provider said its primary insurer improperly tendered policy limits to settle two underlying claims alleging the provider was liable for deadly shootings near its apartment buildings in Georgia, telling a Washington state court that its insurer's actions have diluted its coverage for other claims.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer Ducks Some Coverage Of Dredge Tank Defect Suit

    A Wisconsin federal judge Wednesday ruled partially in favor of an insurer seeking a declaration that it needn't cover a metal fabricator's defense in an underlying arbitration over allegedly defective dredge tanks.

  • February 07, 2024

    Insurer's Suit Over Class Action Coverage Early, Covisint Says

    An insurer's lawsuit seeking to dodge coverage for an underlying shareholder class action alleging an unfair merger should be dismissed, former Covisint executives told a Michigan federal court, saying the issue of coverage is not ripe for dispute.

  • February 07, 2024

    NC Panel Reverses Doctor's Malpractice Coverage Win

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision that found a doctor was entitled to defense coverage under his medical malpractice policy for a state medical board investigation, ruling that the doctor failed to timely notify the insurer of the investigation and therefore did not deserve coverage.

  • February 07, 2024

    Travelers Must Cover $2M Tainted Benzene Load, Co. Says

    A multinational chemical company accused Travelers in New York federal court of unreasonably denying coverage for over $2.1 million it lost from a contaminated benzene shipment, saying the insurer must also cover costs incurred from suing at-fault parties since it further evaded its subrogation obligations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Life Insurance Managers Botched Policy Surrender, Suit Says

    A group of financial insurance advisory companies mishandled the surrender of a life insurance policy and caused the beneficiary to lose more than $300,000 in benefits, the beneficiary told a New Jersey federal court.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

  • February 06, 2024

    AIG Owes Coverage In $5.4M Contamination Suit, Co. Says

    A Houston-based plastics manufacturer told a Texas federal court that an AIG unit must defend and indemnify it in a $5.4 million lawsuit over contaminated plastic containers, saying the insurer has failed to tender defense costs despite agreeing to defend the company almost a year ago.

  • February 06, 2024

    Insurer Says Claims NJ Diocese Knew Of Abuse Bar Coverage

    An insurer doesn't have to indemnify the Diocese of Trenton in over 200 lawsuits alleging sexual molestation by diocese clergy, it told a New Jersey federal court, maintaining that the underlying suits asserted that the diocese had knowledge of the incidents.

  • February 06, 2024

    Chubb Unit Must Cover Lightning-Struck Yacht, Court Told

    A yacht's former owner told a Florida federal court that a Chubb unit breached its contract by not paying for damage that occurred after the $13.5 million vessel was struck by lightning while headed for repairs for flooding caused by a toilet valve malfunction.

  • February 06, 2024

    Wealth Co. Says Insurers Owe Coverage In Meth Suits

    A Seattle wealth management company told a Washington state court that its insurers have improperly withheld defense coverage for underlying suits alleging a trust beneficiary harmed his condominium neighbors by using and manufacturing meth.

  • February 05, 2024

    Insurer, Pharmacy Settle Horse Death Coverage Dispute

    A coverage dispute between an insurer and a veterinary pharmacy over defense and indemnity for an underlying action involving the deaths of two horses was settled between the two parties Monday in Texas federal court.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fla. Legislative Session: Property Insurance Bills Roundup

    Florida lawmakers have put forward dozens of proposals to address insurance challenges in the state, from a bill that would expand coverage from the state's last resort insurer to another that contemplates mangroves as bulwarks against flooding.

Expert Analysis

  • A Guide To Extrinsic Evidence In Determining Duty To Defend

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    As the eight-corners rule for the duty to defend is increasingly riddled with exceptions to its strict formulation of confining the analysis to only the language of the insurance policy and the underlying complaint, Richard Mason at MasonADR discusses the newest notable decisions and offers strategies for attorneys litigating the duty to defend.

  • What Insureds Should Look For In Excess Policies

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    A recent California appellate court decision, Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Cement, demonstrates how courts will protect policyholder expectations against primary insurance carriers' actions that might restrict available excess coverage, and highlights how insureds should be diligent in reviewing excess policies on primary erosion, say Courtney Horrigan and Elizabeth Taylor at Reed Smith.

  • Political Risk Insurance May Help Cos. Hurt By Russian War

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    As Russia’s war on Ukraine causes severe economic fallout, it’s crucial that U.S. companies with operations in the region understand what losses might be covered by their political risk insurance policies, and take steps to ensure that all available coverage is preserved and maximized, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes and Boone.

  • Recent Rulings May Support False Claims Act Coverage

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    Following a banner year for U.S. Department of Justice recoveries in False Claims Act cases and with FCA investigations likely to grow, companies and executives facing FCA exposures may find support in recent policyholder-friendly decisions for both their underlying defense and related insurance claims, says Geoffrey Fehling at Hunton.

  • Anticipating Cyberinsurance Wartime Exclusion Questions

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    Amid threats that Russia and Moscow-sponsored groups may increase malicious cyberattacks, businesses can mitigate risk by analyzing how war and hostilities exclusions apply to their insurance policies and maintaining a comprehensive record of government cyberattack warnings, say Steven Stransky at Thompson Hine, David Finz at Alliant and Rick Yocum at TrustedSec.

  • Check Your Policy Fine Print For Cyberwarfare Coverage

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    Given increasing risks of cyberwarfare following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and with a recent policyholder-friendly ruling in Merck v. ACE from a New Jersey state court, those insured should take notice of certain insurers' expansive changes to war exclusions to broadly include cyberattacks, say Philip He and Colin Kemp at Pillsbury.

  • How To Negotiate Better D&O Coverage For Antitrust Matters

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    In light of the Federal Trade Commission's recent indication that it will ramp up antitrust enforcement, Geoffrey Fehling and Christopher Dufek at Hunton discuss several issues corporate policyholders should review when placing and renewing directors and officers insurance coverage.

  • New 'Bad Faith' Claim Law Holds NJ Insurers Accountable

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    New Jersey’s recently enacted Insurance Fair Conduct Act, giving policyholders a bad faith cause of action for claims involving uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage, is an important step toward countering unfair insurer advantage and expanding consumer protections, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Insurance Implications Of Texas '8 Corners' Rulings

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    Two recent Texas Supreme Court opinions resolve a long-pending question by reaffirming the so-called eight-corners rule as the primary means for determining an insurer's duty to defend, which should provide greater consistency between future state and federal decisions, says Susan Kidwell at Locke Lord.

  • Why I'll Miss Arguing Before Justice Breyer

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    Carter Phillips at Sidley shares some of his fondest memories of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer both inside and out of the courtroom, and explains why he thinks the justice’s multipronged questions during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments were everything an advocate could ask for.

  • Examining Event Cancellation Coverage As COVID Lingers

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    Recent pandemic-related postponements from the NBA, NFL and Grammys, coupled with COVID-19 being excluded from new event cancellation policies, highlight the need for event organizers to explore cancellation risks and how specialty coverage can serve as a tool for mitigation, say Jorge Aviles and Andrea DeField at Hunton.

  • What Cos. Should Know About D&O Policy Landscape In 2022

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    Directors and officers liability insurance issues are likely to evolve this year against the backdrop of a new COVID-19 variant, rising inflation and other developments, particularly with regard to antitrust-related enforcement, special purpose acquisition companies, pandemic-related liability and cybersecurity, says Christina Lincoln at Robins Kaplan.

  • Securing Coverage For Investors' Political Risk Claims In 2022

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    While recent world events highlight the need for foreign investors to protect themselves from losses related to political instability, businesses should be aware of the ways political risk insurers may seek to deny or delay payment of claims, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.