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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)

SEC Regs Give Banks Chance To Step Up Cyber Safety Game

Just as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act forced financial institutions to undertake best practices in recordkeeping, the U.S... (more story)

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La. Hotel Owner Must Arbitrate Hurricane Ida Damage Claims

A Louisiana federal judge has ordered the owner of an extended-stay hotel near New Orleans to go to arbitration with a group of insurers over coverage for damage caused by Hurricane Ida, finding that the polic... (more story)

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)

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)

Travelers Can't Duck Payout In Warehouse Fire Reversal

A New York federal court has rejected Travelers' bid for additional discovery in a coverage dispute involving a textile importer whose goods were destroyed in a warehouse fire, after the Second Circuit vacated... (more story)

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)

Judge Reverses Self, Says Hurricane Ad Suit Should Continue

Reversing her earlier decision, a federal magistrate judge has issued a preliminary ruling in favor of a woman who alleges that troubled Houston law firm McClenny Moseley & Associates PLLC and associated compa... (more story)

Trade Group Tells NC Justices COVID-19 Losses Not Covered

A dozen North Carolina eateries are not owed coverage for pandemic-related losses, the American Property Casualty Insurance Association told the state's highest court, saying the policies at issue were never i... (more story)

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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)

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)

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)

Uber Says Insurers Failed To Cover Dozens Of Injury Suits

Uber's insurers failed to live up to their obligations to defend the company and its for-hire drivers in dozens of personal injury lawsuits, the ride-hailing giant claims in two suits filed in New York federal... (more story)

No Property Coverage For Maui Wildfire, Insurer Says

A condominium association and its property manager have no coverage for property damage claims stemming from the 2023 Maui wildfires, their insurer told a Hawaii federal court, arguing that a property damage e... (more story)

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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.

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.

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)

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

A nursing home company whose owner pleaded 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... (more story)

9th Circ. Urged To Rethink Hiscox Win Due To Hidden Ruling

A design and marketing company urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to review its decision that an insurer didn't have to cover an $850,000 arbitration award to a former CEO over alleged fraud, arguing that the... (more story)

Lumber Co., Insurer To Settle $4.9M Coverage Dispute

A subcontractor and its professional liability insurer have reached a settlement in principle on about $5 million in underlying claims over moldy, defective wooden framework the subcontractor supplied to a sen... (more story)

NY Judges Question Lehman's Bid To Undo CDS Trial Loss

A panel of New York appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared reluctant to undo a bench trial loss Lehman Bros.' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to clawback nearly half a billio... (more story)