Case Study: ESAB Group V. Zurich Insurance

Law360, New York (September 25, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT) -- In ESAB Group Inc. v. Zurich Insurance PLC,[1] the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina's exercise of personal jurisdiction over Zurich Insurance PLC (ZIP) because the policy at issue provided for worldwide coverage.[2]

The court's decision has significant implications for insurance companies that offer such broad coverage.[3] Specifically, contracting to provide worldwide coverage may subject insurers to personal jurisdiction of the U.S. courts in states where the insured resides or the covered...
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