Expert Analysis

5th Circ. Data Hack Ruling May Increase Privacy Litigation

The recent Fifth Circuit decision in Landry’s v. Insurance Co. of the State of Pennsylvania, holding that an insur... (more story)

Where Insurance Coverage For Condo Collapse Gets Murky

Property and casualty coverage for the Champlain Towers tragedy may be complicated, since different versions of co... (more story)

Courts Should Heed Contract Law In COVID-19 Physical Loss

While a recent Law360 guest article urged courts to adopt the particle theory of coverage in deciding COVID-19-rel... (more story)

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Burlington Wants $750M Virus Suit Back In NJ State Court

Burlington Stores' suit against Zurich American Insurance over more than $750 million in pandemic-related losses belongs in state court, the retailer told a New Jersey federal court, saying the court should no... (more story)

Planet Hollywood Stands Behind COVID-19 Coverage Suit

Planet Hollywood has pushed back against Zurich American Insurance Co.'s bid to toss the restaurant chain's business interruption suit in Florida federal court over COVID-19 pandemic losses, saying it has plau... (more story)

Ross Keeps Billion-Dollar COVID Loss Suit Against Insurers

A California state judge has given Ross Stores Inc. the green light to pursue its COVID-19 business interruption claims against Zurich, AIG and other insurers, rejecting the carriers' dismissal motions and say... (more story)

Pa. Health Network Says Virus Losses Covered By Policy

American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Co. has not provided a reasonable explanation for why it refused a Pennsylvania-based health network's claims for COVID-19-related losses under its $1 billion insuran... (more story)

Trade Group Joins COVID Coverage Fray At Ohio High Court

A policyholder trade group has backed an Ohio audiology practice in a COVID-19 coverage suit before the state's Supreme Court, arguing the practice's inability to use its property due to an unsafe physical con... (more story)

London Insurer Hits Tanning Co. With COVID-19 Coverage Suit

A spa and beauty company can't recover for lost revenue from shutting down under COVID-19 closure orders, a London insurance syndicate said in a California federal suit, as there wasn't any physical damage and... (more story)

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Chubb Unit Fights Defense For Smithfield Foods Stench Suit

A Chubb unit asked the North Carolina Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that it must defend pork processor Smithfield in a nuisance suit accusing the company of foul practices at a hog farm, saying Smithfield... (more story)

Insurer Wants Amazon To Pay For Solar Generator House Fire

American Family Mutual Insurance Co. is seeking reimbursement from Amazon for the cost of repairing fire damage at a couple's home caused by a solar generator purchased through the e-commerce platform, accordi... (more story)

Pawnshops Seek 1 Deductible For Floyd Protest Damage

The owner of 14 pawnshops in Minnesota and Wisconsin is suing Affiliated FM Insurance Co., alleging that it charged separate $10,000 deductibles for each store after they were damaged during unrest following t... (more story)

Calif. Report Mulls Novel Insurance For Climate Change Fight

California's residents are struggling with higher insurance costs due to wildfires and rising temperatures, but some experts see hope in recommendations to the state insurance department for a first-of-its-kin... (more story)

2nd Circ. Sides With Reinsurers In Asbestos Coverage Suits

The Second Circuit on Thursday dashed Utica Mutual Insurance Co.'s efforts in two separate cases to obtain additional reimbursement for its coverage of a wave of asbestos litigation against a pump manufacturer... (more story)

Insurer Can't Escape Hotel Owner's $20M Burst Pipe Suit

A Louisiana federal judge rejected United National Insurance Co.'s bid to toss a Wyndham Garden hotel owner's suit seeking $20 million, saying the insurer failed to prove that the policyholder does not have th... (more story)

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Insurers Avoid Covering $177M Award To Jarden Stockholders

A primary insurer and five excess insurers don't have to cover Jarden LLC for a $177 million award in an appraisal proceeding brought by dissenting stockholders to its 2016 merger with Newell Rubbermaid Inc., ... (more story)

Insurer Says Ill. Produce Store's Policy Blocks BIPA Coverage

Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. filed suit Thursday asking a federal judge to declare it has no duty to defend two Illinois produce markets against underlying claims that their time-tracking practices vio... (more story)

Billabong Parent Co. Sues Insurer For Ransomware Coverage

As a sportswear company was dealing with a ransomware attack demanding about $25 million in bitcoin payments to unlock its systems, Great American Insurance Co. was dragging its feet during the ordeal, the com... (more story)

Insurance Brokers Should Expect Wave Of E&O Claims

Policyholders' unsuccessful COVID-19 business interruption suits and the pandemic-related move to remote work will likely result in a plethora of errors and omissions claims brought against insurance agents an... (more story)

Policyholders' Hack Coverage Hopes Surge With Landry's Win

The Fifth Circuit's ruling that an insurer must defend a hospitality company in a $20 million data breach suit brought by JPMorgan Chase Bank's payment processing arm was a booster shot for policyholders seeki... (more story)

Insurer Fights 5th Circ. Revival Of $6M Phishing Coverage Suit

An AIG unit told the Fifth Circuit on Friday that real estate software company RealPage isn't entitled to coverage for a $6 million loss in a 2018 phishing scam, saying the software company wasn't holding the ... (more story)