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  • 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

    Insurer Says Colo. Policy Spat 'Intertwined' With Atty Blunders

    The primary insurer for a Colorado climbing gear company said an excess insurer's bid to get out of liability for a climber's injuries should be heard in a Washington state malpractice suit, arguing in a motion that the policy dispute is "intertwined" with lawyer misconduct in the underlying product liability case.

  • January 19, 2024

    Club Shooting Victim Seeks Toss Of Insurer's Coverage Fight

    The victim of a 2019 shooting at a South Carolina nightclub urged a federal court Friday to toss a suit brought by the club's insurer over coverage for an $18.1 million default judgment, saying any ruling regarding the carrier's coverage obligations under the policy is moot.

  • January 19, 2024

    Insurance Mogul Fights Spending Clampdown In $524M Fight

    Embattled insurance mogul Greg Lindberg has pressed a North Carolina federal court to scrap a bid by an insurer, which won a $524 million judgment against him, to stop him from spending his money, arguing that the insurer had the same financial restriction overturned in a state court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Proposed $350B Federal Reinsurance Program Draws Scrutiny

    A proposed national reinsurance program lacks important details for legislation that would dramatically change the federal government's role in insurance markets, experts said, while offering competing ideas about whether such a program is needed at all.

  • January 19, 2024

    Md. Atty Seeks En Banc Review By 4th Circ. On Defense Costs

    A Maryland attorney asked the Fourth Circuit to reconsider a panel's decision saying he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer after being indicted on allegations he seized $13 million in Somalian government funds, arguing the decision undermines "the very purpose" of professional liability insurance.

  • January 19, 2024

    Insurer Resolves Damaged Goods Coverage Row Out Of Court

    An insurer abandoned its request in New York federal court for a second shot at freeing itself from defending a warehouse over a stored merchandise dispute, instead resolving the issue outside of court and stipulating the case's dismissal after months of delays.

  • January 19, 2024

    Progressive Hit With $5M Data Breach Class Action

    Progressive Casualty Insurance Co. was hit with a data breach class action in South Carolina federal court accusing the insurer of leaving customers' personal information vulnerable to hackers and risking them more than $5 million in damages.

  • January 18, 2024

    Title Co. Says It's Owed Defense In $700K Wire Mishap Suit

    A title company told a Florida federal court that Nationwide unit Scottsdale Indemnity Co. wrongfully refused to cover its defense in a suit over nearly $700,000 in property sale proceeds the company is accused of wiring to a third party instead of the seller.

  • January 18, 2024

    Yacht Owner Demands Insurer Cover $240K Engine Rebuild

    The owner of a $3.5 million yacht told a Florida federal court Thursday that its insurer breached its contract by failing to pay for more than $240,000 in water damage to its engine.

  • January 18, 2024

    Contempt Looms For Husband In IP Fight Over Insurance Co.

    The North Carolina Business Court has demanded that the husband of an insurance agency owner return her business assets as required by a previous order or face civil contempt proceedings as part of an intellectual property lawsuit embroiling the couple.

  • January 18, 2024

    Realty Co. Seeks $8.2M For Failed Merger Defense Costs

    A Hartford unit owes over $8.2 million in damages stemming from a merger gone awry between its insured and real estate giant Simon Property Group, the insured said in a complaint removed Thursday to a Delaware federal court, maintaining that it properly exhausted all other limits of coverage.

  • January 18, 2024

    Insurers, Flooring Co. Notch Partial Win Over Gym Fire Suit

    A high school that accused a flooring company of causing a gym fire cannot seek damages related to gym improvements, higher insurance costs and mental anguish, a Louisiana federal court ruled, stopping short of deciding whether the school retains standing to sue the company or the company's insurers to begin with.

  • January 18, 2024

    Burger King Franchisee Says It's Owed Defense For BIPA Suit

    A Burger King franchisee said its umbrella insurance carrier owes coverage for a class action accusing the franchisee of violating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, telling a federal court that the insurer has ignored it since receiving notice of the underlying action.

  • January 17, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm Says Travelers Must Cover Employee Theft

    Seattle law firm Karr Tuttle Campbell has sued Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut in Washington federal court, accusing the insurer of violating the state's consumer protection law by denying coverage after a former firm employee allegedly made $136,000 in unauthorized charges on a credit card.

  • January 17, 2024

    Insurer Owes $900K In Coverage For Mold Cleanup, Court Told

    A contractor told a North Carolina federal court that its insurer wrongly denied coverage for nearly $900,000 in mold remediation expenses it incurred on a building project, asserting that the insurer conflated its standalone environmental legal liability policy with a different policy.

  • January 17, 2024

    1.3M Loan Holders Hit By Cyberattack, Revised Action Says

    A data breach class action claim against Fidelity National Financial and LoanCare LLC was revised on Wednesday after a Florida federal judge found that the original seven-count complaint, filed in late December, constituted an impermissible “shotgun pleading."

  • January 17, 2024

    Feds Ask Justices For Narrow Ruling In NRA Case

    The federal government filed an amicus brief in a First Amendment dispute between the National Rifle Association and a former New York state official, urging Supreme Court justices to reject some of the gun rights group's broader arguments because they raise "harder questions."

  • January 17, 2024

    No Coverage For HOA In Trade Secret Theft Suit, Court Told

    An Illinois homeowners association and its property managers are not entitled to coverage for an underlying action brought by the development's golf course operator accusing the association of downloading proprietary information, an insurer told a federal court, saying the incident doesn't meet the policy's definition of an occurrence.

  • January 17, 2024

    No Coverage For New York Ghost Gun Suits, AIG Unit Says

    An AIG unit told a New York federal court it should have no duty to cover a firearm retailer in three lawsuits by the state attorney general and municipalities alleging that the retailer knowingly sold unfinished components that would be assembled into so-called ghost guns.

  • January 16, 2024

    5th Circ. Revives Southwest Airlines' Cyber Coverage Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday revived Southwest Airlines' coverage fight against Liberty Insurance over costs stemming from a 2016 computer network failure, saying the district court was wrong in finding that the costs fall outside the coverage range of an excess cyber risk insurance policy.

  • January 16, 2024

    Sports Co. Wants Coverage Apart From CEO Accused Of Rape

    A sports equipment company asked a Washington federal judge Tuesday not to conflate it with its CEO when determining whether to allow an insurer to escape defending the leader and his company against underlying sexual assault allegations.

  • January 16, 2024

    Insurance Adjuster Says Ex-Employees Stole Clients, Intel

    An insurance adjuster accused five ex-employees of colluding with a competitor to steal the company's clients, telling a Mississippi federal court that the employees breached their agreements with the company — including noncompetes — to benefit the competitor.

  • January 16, 2024

    Cement Co. Rips Insurer Bid To Slip Demurrage Fee Coverage

    A Houston-based cement supply company challenged Liberty Mutual's attempt to avoid paying coverage for more than $780,000 in demurrage charges incurred during cleanup of a shipping mishap, telling a Louisiana federal court the charges are a proper expense under a so-called sue and labor clause.

  • January 16, 2024

    Coverage Case Over Defective Miami Highway Heads To Trial

    A joint venture tasked with a Miami bridge and highway project will have its day in court against an insurer that refused to cover more than $3.6 million in construction defects, a Florida federal court found.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Practical Tips For Managing Bank D&O Liability Risk

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    With the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank potentially inspiring regulators to increase scrutiny of management at similar institutions, banking directors and officers should mitigate personal liability risks through keen attention to sound banking practices and regulators' announced priorities, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • 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.

  • Del. Ruling Could Affect D&O Claims Beyond SPACs

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    A Delaware state court recently held in Clover Health v. Berkley Insurance that directors and officers of a post-merger entity were insured persons under a special-purpose acquisition company's D&O policy, a ruling that could have potential ramifications for future D&O claims in Delaware outside of SPAC deals, say Geoffrey Fehling and Janine Hanrahan at Hunton.

  • A Missing Issue In 'Blank Space' Insurance Ruling

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    As Norwegian Hull Club v. North Star heads to trial in Florida federal court, the most interesting part of the court opinion denying summary judgment is the argument it doesn't address — contra proferentem, which could have been used to resolve the case's blank space ambiguity in the policyholder's favor, say Jeffrey Mikoni and Scott Greenspan at Pillsbury.

  • High Court Ax Of Atty-Client Privilege Case Deepens Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent dismissal of In re: Grand Jury as improvidently granted maintains a three-way circuit split on the application of attorney-client privilege to multipurpose communications, although the justices have at least shown a desire to address it, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • The Wide Oversight Implications Of Del. McDonald's Ruling

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    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent ruling that a McDonald's officer had oversight obligations on par with directors has wide-reaching implications for Delaware corporate law, including precedent for the court to hear sexual harassment claims, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How Courts Are Clarifying D&O Policies' Bump-Up Provisions

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Komatsu Mining v. Columbia Casualty provides long-awaited appellate guidance on the inadequate consideration provision in directors and officers insurance — and the Fourth Circuit may provide more in its forthcoming ruling in Towers Watson v. National Union Fire Insurance, says Andrew Paliotta at Cozen O’Connor.

  • Crypto Coverage After FTX Fall: Crime And Custody Coverage

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    Cryptocurrency firm FTX's recent implosion provides a case study for potential crypto exposure under traditional insurance policies, and suggests carriers should ask some basic underwriting questions, including whether a company engages in transactions involving cryptocurrencies or holds digital assets in custody, says Anjali Das at Wilson Elser.

  • Wis. High Court Ruling May Open Door To Coverage Exception

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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dostal v. Strand finding that an insurer had to defend a civil action following the defendant's criminal conviction on the same facts nonetheless may suggest an exception to the complaint test for determining an insurance company's defense obligation, say David Hollander and Clementine Uwabera at Stafford Rosenbaum.

  • Crypto Coverage After FTX Fall: Accountant And Atty Liability

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    The recent fall of cryptocurrency firm FTX highlights complexities regarding accounting and tax reporting for digital assets, and reveals lawyers’ potential liability exposure when providing services to crypto firms — as a result, insurers may face unintended vulnerabilities related to this nebulous landscape, say Anjali Das and Farzana Ahmed at Wilson Elser.