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Notable Illinois Insurance Coverage Decisions In 2015

Law360, New York (December 23, 2015, 11:22 AM EST) -- Jonathan L. Schwartz

Colin B. Willmott Although 2015 was overall a stable year for Illinois coverage jurisprudence, notable decisions provided important clarification of recent high court decisions and set the stage for potentially disruptive decisions in the near future. This article will focus on three issues decided by the Illinois state and federal courts in 2015: (1) policy rescission and the innocent insured doctrine, (2) consideration of extrinsic evidence in evaluating an insurer’s duty to defend and (3) coverage for Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations.

1) Policy Rescission and Innocent Insureds

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down a significant decision closing...

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