Specialty Lines

  • January 29, 2024

    Protein Bar Co.'s Insurer Says Supplier Ruined $3M In Product

    An insurer for a Pittsburgh-based protein-bar maker said the company lost $3 million due to plastic and paper contaminants found in collagen supplied by a Michigan-based company, according to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania state court Friday.

  • January 29, 2024

    Escrow Agent Not Covered For Fraud Suits, Court Told

    An escrow agent no longer has coverage for four underlying suits accusing it of unlawfully withholding funds or distributing them to third parties who had no valid claim to the money, an insurer told a Florida federal court, saying its theft coverage extension endorsement has been exhausted.

  • January 26, 2024

    Auto Biz Says Insurer Can't Escape $500K Damage Claims

    A vehicle lift installer urged a Minnesota federal court to preserve its counterclaims in a coverage dispute over nearly $500,000 in claims stemming from fire damage and a tipped container, arguing that its insurer constructively denied most of the claim by repeating investigations and denying payments for over a year.

  • January 26, 2024

    Missing Comma Can't Impede Chubb Policy, 11th Circ. Told

    A French food wholesaler urged an Eleventh Circuit panel Friday to reverse a lower-court ruling that an insurance company does not have to cover a lawsuit for alleged negligent audits due to a policy clause's missing comma, arguing that the New Jersey law applied in the case favors broad interpretation.

  • January 26, 2024

    Insurer Pushes For Glass Co. To Cover $2.5M Defect Payment

    Crum & Forster is demanding that an Indian glass manufacturer reimburse it more than $2.5 million that the insurer paid a candlemaker for a product recall, telling a Texas federal court that the company sold the candlemaker defective glass containers.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Geico Seeks $3M From Med Cos. In Claimed No-Fault Scheme

    Geico told a New Jersey federal court it is seeking to recover nearly $3 million from a group of New Jersey medical providers and their owners and practitioners who the insurer alleges partook in a no-fault charge scheme that defrauded the insurer's policyholders since 2017.

  • January 25, 2024

    Excess Insurers Win In Construction Defect Coverage Suit

    A residential developer wrongly tapped into certain excess insurance, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that the $3.2 million its primary insurer spent on defense costs in underlying construction defect litigation didn't count toward triggering a $10 million excess policy.

  • January 25, 2024

    Mining Co. Not Covered For Wrongful Death Suit

    A mining company does not have coverage from its general liability or workers' compensation insurers for an underlying wrongful death suit, a Pennsylvania court ruled, finding that an exclusion applied for one policy and the underlying claims weren't within the scope of the other.

  • January 25, 2024

    Software Co. Settles Coverage Spat Over Wiretapping Suits

    A software company and its insurers reached an agreement in principle through mediation to resolve a coverage dispute over several wiretapping class actions, roughly three months after a California federal judge determined the insurers must defend it in four of the eight underlying suits.

  • January 25, 2024

    Class Seeks OK Of $24M Hidden Fee Deal With AIG Units

    A class of travel insurance buyers has asked a California federal judge to greenlight their nearly $24 million settlement resolving claims accusing three AIG units of stacking hidden fees on top of travel insurance premiums.

  • January 25, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Reverse 'Willy-Nilly' For Investment Firm

    A Sixth Circuit panel told investment firm Stout Risius Ross Inc. it wouldn't reverse a Michigan federal court's decision "willy-nilly" at oral arguments Thursday, when the firm sought to prevent partial reimbursement for underlying stock valuation litigation while its insurer continued to fight for total payback.

  • January 25, 2024

    Insurer Must Defend Managing Agent In Arbitration, Court Told

    Redpoint County Mutual Insurance Co. urged a Texas federal court to ensure that a Berkley unit provides coverage to a managing general agent in arbitration who is accused of causing Redpoint more than $2 million in damages.

  • January 25, 2024

    Advisory Firm Asks 6th Circ. To Ax Insurer's Win In SEC Case

    An investment advisory firm argued Thursday that a Tennessee federal court erred in deciding that its insurance policy excluded coverage for an underlying suit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, telling a Sixth Circuit panel that the exclusion rendered the policy illusory.

  • January 24, 2024

    BofA Fell For $2.1M Check Fraud Despite Red Flags, Suit Says

    A Kansas-based insurance exchange said Wednesday that Bank of America missed several "clear and conspicuous" indicators that a $2.1 million check purportedly submitted by its customer was actually fraudulent, instead providing the money to a medical group that illegally altered the check's address and date.

  • January 24, 2024

    Pot Insurance Suit Belongs In Federal Court, Judge Says

    A federal magistrate judge in New Mexico has recommended that a proposed class action over insurance coverage for medical cannabis not be sent back to state court, finding Wednesday that the federal court has jurisdiction to hear the suit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield and other insurers.

  • January 24, 2024

    4th Circ. Rejects Adviser's Bid To Revive Coverage Suit

    An AmTrust insurance unit wasn't required to cover an investment adviser for defamation suits under a professional liability policy issued to her former employer, a Fourth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, saying the adviser's failure to collect certain expenses under a primary policy doesn't obligate the excess insurer.

  • 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

    Kayne Anderson Loses Coverage Bid In $22M Copyright Row

    Investment adviser Kayne Anderson lost its bid for coverage for a collective $22 million in legal expenses and settlement costs after a California appeals court agreed that a copyright dispute over unauthorized copying of an energy news publication does not fall within its policies' scope.

  • 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 24, 2024

    Insurer Can't Duck $2M Nursing Home Judgment, Family Argues

    The insurer of a now-bankrupt Georgia nursing home can't escape its obligations to cover a $2.1 million default judgment won by the family of a woman who died in the home's care, the family has told a federal judge.

  • January 23, 2024

    Oil Co. Says Power Co. Owes $11M For Injury Defense

    An oil and gas company seeking up to $11 million in coverage from a power company for an underlying electic shock injury suit told a Wyoming federal court that the power company should've made it an additional insured on its policies, per the companies' agreement.

  • January 23, 2024

    College Wants 9th Circ. Opinion In $1.5M Fraud Coverage Spat

    A for-profit college that settled with the U.S. government after being accused of stealing money meant to fund veterans' education asked the Ninth Circuit to weigh in after a California federal court said its insurer didn't have to cover nearly $1.5 million in connected investigation defense costs.

  • January 23, 2024

    Berkshire Unit Seeks Partial Win In Senior Center Liability Suit

    A Berkshire unit is seeking a partial win against a senior care center over an underlying wrongful death suit, telling an Illinois federal court that it cannot be expected to defend the center when a self-insured retention has not been satisfied.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Insurance Ruling Provides Lessons On Cyberattack 'Twofers'

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    A recent Minnesota federal court decision, SJ Computers v. Travelers, illustrates how an insurance policy with separate limits for computer fraud and social engineering fraud applies to a cyberattack with both components, say Joshua Polster and Laurel Fresquez at Simpson Thacher.

  • D&O Insurer Challenges Amid Market, Economic Turbulence

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    The decline of record market capitalizations, compounded by high litigation and securities class action exposure, leaves directors and officers insurance carriers and issuers facing economic contraction as companies grapple with the institutionalization of environmental, social and governance investment priorities amid a new Cold War, say Nessim Mezrahi and Stephen Sigrist at SAR.

  • Risk Mitigation In Face Of Rising Legal Malpractice Claims

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    As the recent rise in frequency and cost of legal malpractice claims is expected to continue amid global high inflation and economic uncertainty, law firms and insurers would be wise to evaluate key risk areas and consider six steps to minimize exposure, say Nicole Shapiro and Cory Stumpf at Atheria Law.

  • 2 Illinois Cases Poised To Shape BIPA Litigation Landscape

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's anticipated rulings in Tims v. Black Horse and Cothron v. White Castle could alter the outlook for Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation, putting an end to companies' and insurers' willingness to pour money into expensive settlements, say Pamela Signorello and Megan Brown at Wiley.

  • What Del. Officer Exculpation Law Means For D&O Insurance

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    Following a recent Delaware code amendment to allow corporate exculpation of officers, businesses considering whether to update their articles of incorporation accordingly should factor in the potential benefits respecting the availability and cost of directors and officers insurance, say Bryan Coffey and Peter Gillon at Pillsbury.

  • 7th Circ. 'Reasonable Costs' Ruling Is A Win For Policyholders

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    The Seventh Circuit's decision in USA Gymnastics v. Liberty Insurance last month establishes useful precedent for policyholders, affirming and expanding on its rule that defense costs are presumed to be reasonable and necessary when insurers breach their duty to defend, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • Insurance Implications For Aircraft Grounded In Russia

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    Russia's invasion of Ukraine and new law that allows the government to ground planes leased from foreign companies threatens massive losses for insurers in the aviation insurance market and necessitates a closer look at which policy exclusions may apply, say attorneys at Hinshaw.

  • What Snap Removal Debate Means For Insurance Disputes

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    A potential circuit split regarding the permissibility of snap removal to federal court, which allows defendants to circumvent the forum defendant rule, is particularly a concern in insurance cases due to the difficulty of removing such cases, and the perception that some state courts are more favorable to policyholders, says Greg Mann at Rivkin Radler.

  • How D&O Insurers Can Limit Bankruptcy Exclusion Risks

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    Amid challenging economic conditions, directors and officers underwriters can't always rely on insolvency exclusions to protect against insured's bankruptcy claims, but there are ways to limit risk exposure, like by adding creditor exclusions or sublimiting coverage, say Kristine Christ at Crum & Forster, and Scott Schechter and Joshua DiLena at Kaufman Borgeest.

  • Questions Remain On Computer Fraud Coverage For Phishing

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    There are questions regarding the applicability of computer fraud coverage to phishing scheme losses in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Ernst & Haas v. Hiscox earlier this year, with a backdrop of differing case results and evolving fact patterns over the past few years, say Robert Callahan and Melissa D’Alelio at Robins Kaplan.

  • Insurers Must Be Vigilant About Cannabis Lounge Risks

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    Because cannabis lounges face a number of unique risks, such as overserving cannabis to patrons, insurers and risk management providers must be able to recognize and properly address the full range of potential liabilities, say Jonathan Isaacson and Adam Nicolazzo at Kaufman Dolowich.

  • Insurers Should Beware Risks From Digital Asset Losses

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    Personal lines insurers should not underestimate the potential severity of future exposure to digital asset loss claims, and should consider protecting themselves with new underwriting practices and policy exclusions, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • State Ransomware Payment Laws Raise Insurance Questions

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    Recent Florida and North Carolina statutory prohibitions on government agencies' ransomware payments will not just affect public entities' response to ransomware incidents, but also require consideration from insurers whose policies may cover ransom payments, say Ted Brown and Mallory Meaney at Wiley.