Property

  • September 27, 2022

    Seattle Cafe Drops 9th Circ. Virus Coverage Appeal

    A Seattle cafe ended its quest Tuesday for COVID-19 business interruption coverage, asking the Ninth Circuit to dismiss its case against Scottsdale Insurance Co. following a unanimous Washington Supreme Court decision in a similar case siding with insurers.

  • September 27, 2022

    La. Biz Sues Allianz Over $500K In Hurricane Ida Coverage

    A Louisiana torque wrench manufacturer accused Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Marine Insurance Co. of failing to cover more than $500,000 in Hurricane Ida damage, arguing Tuesday that the insurer handled its claim in bad faith.

  • September 27, 2022

    Church Lawyer Calls Hurricane Insurance Delays 'Deliberate'

    A New Orleans church sued its insurers including Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London in Louisiana federal court for "deliberate and unreasonable" delays in adjusting its claims for more than $2.7 million in 2021 storm damages from Hurricane Ida and Tropical Storm Nicholas, its lawyer told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2022

    Travelers Has No Duty To Defend Northrop Pollution Suit

    A New York federal judge found that Travelers Indemnity Co. has no duty to defend Northrop Grumman Corp. in a proposed class action brought by a group of Long Island residents and property owners over groundwater contamination.

  • September 27, 2022

    Property Owner's Quick Win Bid Flawed, Title Insurer Says

    A title insurer being sued by a property owner who accused the company of improperly denying coverage for a sale told a Virginia federal court it should reject the owner's motion for summary judgment, saying it lacked supporting evidence and the owner shouldn't be allowed to add evidence in an untimely filing.

  • September 27, 2022

    Insurers, Art Exhibitor Settle Forgery Coverage Fight

    An art exhibitor and a group of European insurers have settled their dispute over insurance payments amid an investigation into paintings seized by the Italian government in 2017 under suspicions of forgery, according to an order dismissing the case Tuesday.

  • September 27, 2022

    Insurer Fights Hartford's Bid For Defense Reimbursement

    A Hartford unit isn't entitled to reimbursement of what it has spent defending a contractor involved in litigation with Gallaudet University over a residence hall construction project, Ohio Security Insurance Co. told a D.C. federal court, saying it didn't receive timely notice of the initial claim.

  • September 26, 2022

    Vegas Mall Cites Vt. Decision In Virus Case At Nev. High Court

    The owner of a Las Vegas mall asked the Nevada Supreme Court to deny its insurer's bid to reverse a lower court's ruling allowing the mall's COVID-19 coverage suit to move forward, citing a first-of-its-kind ruling from the Vermont Supreme Court allowing a separate virus coverage suit to continue.

  • September 26, 2022

    Chubb Unit's $8.5M HVAC Fire Suit Partially Moves Forward

    An Ohio federal judge partially allowed a Chubb unit on Monday to move forward with its bid to recoup coverage paid to a Minnesota broadcaster for an $8.5 million HVAC fire, finding the parties disagree on whether the installer of the ventilation system knew or should have known it was defective.

  • September 26, 2022

    As Hurricane Nears, Another Fla. Insurer Goes Insolvent

    Another insurance company in Florida has gone insolvent, prompting state regulators to seek a court's approval to be appointed receiver for FedNat Insurance Co., just days before the state's first major hurricane of 2022 is expected to make landfall.

  • September 26, 2022

    Insurer Must Face Mold Claims In Suit Over Burst Pipe

    United National Insurance Co. cannot avoid mold damage claims raised by a former owner of a Wyndham Garden hotel seeking more than $20 million in total coverage, a Louisiana federal judge ruled, rejecting the insurer's argument that all mold caused by a pipe breach is excluded.

  • September 26, 2022

    Insurer Wants Out Of $950K UV Lamp Fire Suit Coverage

    A State National unit asked an Indiana federal court to find that it doesn't owe coverage to Daisy Nail Products Inc., arguing its policy doesn't cover the company's liability for a salon fire at the center of underlying lawsuits that sought more than $950,000.

  • September 26, 2022

    Travelers Can't Rescind Agency's Crime Policies, Gov't Says

    Travelers cannot revoke crime policies issued to an organization that oversees government benefit payments, the federal government told a New Mexico federal court, saying the insurer waived its right to rescission by waiting too long to raise the argument.

  • September 23, 2022

    Treasure Hunter Seeks Redo Of IP Suit Coverage Dispute

    An underwater treasure hunter requested that a Washington federal judge reconsider granting insurance coverage in an underlying lawsuit over his stalled hunt for gold from an early 20th-century Alaskan shipwreck.

  • September 23, 2022

    Ga. Comfort Suites Hotel Sues Insurer Over Trashed Room

    A Comfort Suites hotel sued its insurance company in Georgia federal court for refusing to fully cover its damages after a man barricaded himself inside a guest room and proceeded to destroy everything he could lay his hands on, including a sprinkler that caused extensive water damage.

  • September 23, 2022

    Calif. Panel Allows Consultant To Amend Virus Coverage Suit

    A California appellate panel affirmed the dismissal of a utility consultant's COVID-19 coverage suit, but allowed it to amend its suit, in a decision giving both sides something to praise.

  • September 23, 2022

    Settlement Delays Questions On Texas Insurance Doctrine

    A recent agreement between Allstate and a Texas homeowner to resolve a coverage dispute over a leaky roof has again delayed resolution of questions concerning a state doctrine regarding damages caused by covered and uncovered perils, experts say.

  • September 23, 2022

    California Jewelers' COVID-19 Coverage Suit Tossed

    Los Angeles-area jewelry stores were the latest businesses to have their case for COVID-19 loss coverage tossed by a California federal court judge who found, like many others before him, that the virus does not cause the physical damage needed to trigger coverage.

  • September 23, 2022

    Vt. Justices Revive Huntington Ingalls' Virus Coverage Suit

    The Vermont Supreme Court on Friday revived Huntington Ingalls' lawsuit seeking coverage for losses it suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, a first for a state high court, saying the shipbuilder has sufficient allegations to proceed past the motion-to-dismiss stage.

  • September 22, 2022

    Insurer Drops Suit Against Ex-Condo Board President

    An insurer voluntarily dismissed its case Thursday in Illinois federal court against a former condo board president who is suing his homeowners association, its board and others in an insured-versus-insured suit brought over mismanagement, bullying and theft claims, among other things.

  • September 22, 2022

    Costco Sues Liberty Mutual Over Slip-And-Fall Suit Coverage

    Liberty Mutual owes Costco coverage for costs related to a slip-and-fall lawsuit, the wholesale and retail giant claimed, arguing the insurer wrongfully refused to pay for its defense.

  • September 22, 2022

    Fla. Condos Sue Insurers Over Hurricane Irma Damage

    Two Miami-area condo associations sued their insurers Wednesday for allegedly not covering millions of dollars of damage from Hurricane Irma.

  • September 22, 2022

    Storm Damage Suit Against Nationwide Unit Moves Forward

    A Florida federal judge rejected a Nationwide unit's bid for summary judgment in a suit over Tropical Storm Eta damage, finding that Scottsdale Insurance Co. agreed to the policyholder's version of the facts and didn't properly challenge them when it had the chance.

  • September 22, 2022

    Clifford Chance Adds Ex-Sidley Partner To US Practice

    Top international firm Clifford Chance LLP announced on Thursday that a New York-based insurance and financial services partner has joined the firm as co-head of its U.S. insurance practice, adding his more than 23 years of experience in the industry to its team.

  • September 21, 2022

    8th Circ. Judge Blasts Casino Over Jurisdiction In Virus Suit

    An Eighth Circuit judge on Wednesday accused an Iowa casino operator of lying and wasting the court's time after its attorneys realized in March that there wasn't federal diversity jurisdiction in its COVID-19 coverage suit against Zurich American Insurance Co.

Expert Analysis

  • Insurers May Be Estopped From Relitigating Pandemic Issues

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    The doctrine of offensive collateral estoppel may support policyholders in pandemic-related litigation against insurers that have already lost lawsuits concerning similar issues, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes and Boone.

  • 3 Cybersecurity Questions To Ask Before A Remote Mediation

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    Lawyers preparing to mediate or arbitrate a case through videoconference should take steps to ensure they and their alternative dispute resolution providers are employing reasonable security precautions to protect digital client data and conform to confidentiality obligations, say F. Keith Brown and Michael Koss at ADR Systems.

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Questions Following 2 Recent Cyber Insurance Developments

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    A Minnesota federal court's recent decision in Target v. ACE and guidance from the New York State Department of Financial Services have furthered confusion surrounding how insurance policy language should be applied to the unique circumstances of cyber incidents, say Huiyi Chen and David Kroeger at Jenner & Block.

  • For Law Firm Digital Marketing, Less Is Sometimes More

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    Attorneys and law firms often look to cast the widest net possible and maximize online impressions, when they should be focusing their digital marketing efforts on fewer, better-qualified prospects, says Guy Alvarez at Good2BSocial.

  • 1 Year Into Pandemic, It's Time To Rethink Law Firm Billing

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    The particular tasks for which a law firm client can expect to be billed have become unpredictable in the era of COVID-19, making flat fees and other alternative fee arrangements more attractive for both in-house and outside counsel, says Jessica Hodkinson at Panasonic.

  • Rogue High Court Citation May Spark Legal Writing Changes

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    Justice Clarence Thomas’ unexpected use of a new citation format in the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Brownback v. King opinion is the most notable citation change in the court's writing in 25 years, and could inspire receptiveness for other innovations in legal writing and beyond, says Carrie Garrison at Porter Wright.

  • Ethics Tips For Attorneys Telecommuting Across State Lines

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    Attorneys working remotely from jurisdictions in which they are not admitted should take precautionary steps to avoid engaging in unauthorized practice of law, say John Schmidt and Michael Seaman at Phillips Lytle.

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • COVID-19 Insurance Issues To Watch In Civil Law Countries

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    A recent decision from a Spanish court of appeals shows that COVID-19 business interruption coverage disputes may not have outcomes that would be expected in common law countries, say Miguel Torres at Martínez-Echevarría & Rivera Abogados and José Umbert at Zelle.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

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