Property

  • October 04, 2022

    Travelers Unit Settles With San Antonio Mall Over Fire Damage

    A Travelers insurance unit has reached a settlement with the owner of a San Antonio strip mall in a dispute over whether a vacancy restriction prevents coverage for a 2019 fire.

  • October 04, 2022

    La. Dental Clinics Lose COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge tossed a COVID-19 business interruption suit from dental clinic owners, finding their claims couldn't overcome binding precedent from the court.

  • October 04, 2022

    Hinshaw Adds Insurance Partner In Houston

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced it has added a partner to its global insurance services practice group in Houston, expanding the nationwide firm's Gulf Coast capabilities. 

  • October 04, 2022

    Fla. Condo's Multimillion Irma Bad Faith Suit Stays Alive

    A Florida condo association can continue with its bad-faith suit against an AIG unit over coverage for millions of dollars of damage from Hurricane Irma, a Florida judge decided Tuesday.

  • October 04, 2022

    Aon Wants Out Of Gartner's COVID Cancellation Dispute

    A broker has asked a New York federal court to dismiss claims that the company led global research firm Gartner to purchase event insurance that was insufficient to cover more than $340 million lost due to COVID-19 cancellations, arguing that the allegations are inadequate.

  • October 04, 2022

    Insurer Urges 11th Circ. To Affirm Pollution Exclusion Ruling

    An insurer asked the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a Georgia federal judge's finding that a pollution exclusion in a developer's commercial general liability policy bars coverage for an underlying suit alleging that a construction project caused sediment to run off onto a neighboring property

  • October 03, 2022

    Hilton Accuses Insurers Of Profiting From COVID-19 Pandemic

    The Hilton hotel empire sued its insurers in Nevada state court for COVID-19 business interruption coverage, accusing a long list of the world's largest insurance companies of profiting from the pandemic while stiffing policyholders.

  • October 03, 2022

    Ga. Community Association Seeks Storm Damage Coverage

    A Marietta, Georgia, community association said its insurer failed to cover roof damage caused by a tropical storm, demanding coverage in federal court.

  • October 03, 2022

    AIG Hit By $2M Property Damage Suit For Texas Winter Storm

    A family who said their home was wrecked by a 2021 winter ice and snow storm featuring unprecedented low temperatures and days of outages and rolling blackouts wants their insurer to pay for more than $2 million in damages, according to their Texas federal court complaint.

  • October 03, 2022

    Morrison Mahoney Elects 7 New Partners In Conn., Mass.

    Morrison Mahoney LLP elected seven new partners to the firm on Monday, adding two partners to its Hartford, Connecticut, office and five partners throughout Massachusetts.

  • October 03, 2022

    5th Circ. Says Liberty Mutual Flood Damage Suit Was Too Late

    The Fifth Circuit rejected a flood insurance appeal from a Baton Rouge homeowner, agreeing with Liberty Mutual that she filed her suit too late to move forward.

  • September 30, 2022

    Mo. Judge Tosses Restaurant Co.'s Virus Coverage Suit

    A Missouri federal judge tossed an international restaurant operator's COVID-19 business interruption suit against Employers Insurance Co. of Wausau, finding that the company didn't show a physical loss or damage required to trigger coverage under its "all risks" policy.

  • September 30, 2022

    Calif. Event Production Co.'s COVID-19 Coverage Bid Tossed

    An event production company lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage Friday as a California federal judge found that it wasn't eligible for losses from either government shutdowns or the presence of the virus on its property.

  • September 30, 2022

    CoreLogic Puts Ian Storm Damages Between $28B And $47B

    Hurricane Ian's devastating cost in Florida could amount to between $28 billion and $47 billion, the analytics company CoreLogic estimated, with most losses coming from wind damage to commercial and residential properties.

  • September 30, 2022

    JLL Signs New York Life At One World Trade Center

    New York Life Insurance Co. will relocate its Manhattan office next year to a 47,000-square-foot space subleased from Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. in the One World Trade Center building, according to a Friday announcement by JLL, which brokered the deal.

  • September 30, 2022

    Vineyard's Bankruptcy Stays $10M Fire Coverage Case

    The California winery at the center of a $10 million fire damage insurance dispute has filed for bankruptcy, staying an RLI unit's lawsuit seeking to avoid paying excess coverage on the vineyard's claim.

  • September 30, 2022

    Zurich Slips Orthopedic Institute's Virus Coverage Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge tossed an orthopedic care provider's COVID-19 business interruption suit against Zurich American Insurance Co., finding that the company did not show any physical loss or damage required to trigger coverage.

  • September 29, 2022

    Insurer Seeks To Toss Suit Over LA Luxury Home's Fire Sale

    A specialty insurer sought to dismiss a California federal lawsuit from a builder blaming it for a multimillion-dollar property price drop due to an inadequate wildfire damage payment, saying the builder was attempting to circumvent the court's order in a related case near trial by filing its complaint.

  • September 29, 2022

    Calif. Playground Misses Deadline In 2nd COVID Suit

    A California indoor playground missed a deadline to respond to a Travelers unit's attempt to toss its COVID-19 business interruption suit, months after doing the same in its first bid for coverage.

  • September 29, 2022

    NY AG Seeks Fast-Tracked Trump Fraud Trial Before 2024

    The New York attorney general Thursday pushed for trial to start before 2024 in a $250 million fraud case against Donald Trump, asking to keep the case before the same state court judge who held Trump in contempt over her subpoenas, due to his knowledge of the case.

  • September 29, 2022

    Senate OKs Temporary NFIP Reauthorization Bill

    U.S. Senators extended the National Flood Insurance Program on Thursday as part of a larger stopgap funding bill meant to keep the government running, averting a larger crisis as flood damage from Hurricane Ian comes into focus.

  • September 29, 2022

    La. Pizzeria Demands State Farm Pay For Hurricane Damages

    A longtime Lake Charles pizzeria amended its Louisiana federal complaint against State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., accusing it of artificially suppressing the cost of repairs and overdepreciating losses on claims connected to damages from Hurricanes Laura and Delta.

  • September 29, 2022

    Chicago Personal Injury Firm Loses COVID-19 Coverage Bid

    An Illinois federal judge sided with a Hartford unit in rejecting a Chicago personal injury firm's COVID-19 business interruption case, finding that a virus exclusion bars coverage.

  • September 28, 2022

    LSU Golf Club Insurers Putt Ida Suit To Federal Court

    Insurers for a golf club associated with Louisiana State University removed a case against them seeking Hurricane Ida damages to Louisiana federal court, according to papers filed Wednesday.

  • September 28, 2022

    Hurricane Ian Batters Florida Amid Insurance Market Woes

    Hurricane Ian's landfall in Florida on Wednesday appeared set to further strain the Sunshine State's imperiled insurance industry, as strong winds and flooding battered the state's southwest coast, and the storm stayed on a path leading toward the Orlando area.

Expert Analysis

  • State COVID Insurance Rulings Highlight Errors In Dismissals

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    Recent California and Vermont decisions in favor of policyholders, along with a $48 million jury verdict in Texas, underscore the error that courts are making by dismissing COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits at the pleading stage without consideration of the facts and evidence in each case, say Joseph Niczky and Michael Levine at Hunton.

  • Fla. Evidence Code Update Lowers Burden For Image Use

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    Florida's recent evidence code change permits judicial notice of images and certain other graphics, a hugely meaningful development for litigants across a wide range of practice areas, though the effect will likely be immediately felt in property insurance cases, say Eve Cann and David Levin at Baker Donelson.

  • Courts Are Not Shifting On COVID Biz Interruption Stance

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    Although a recent Law360 guest article suggested that the pendulum is about to swing in favor of policyholders seeking business interruption coverage for pandemic-related losses, the larger body of appellate case law — applying the laws of 25 states — continues to find no coverage, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • What Snap Removal Debate Means For Insurance Disputes

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    A potential circuit split regarding the permissibility of snap removal to federal court, which allows defendants to circumvent the forum defendant rule, is particularly a concern in insurance cases due to the difficulty of removing such cases, and the perception that some state courts are more favorable to policyholders, says Greg Mann at Rivkin Radler.

  • Questions Remain On Computer Fraud Coverage For Phishing

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    There are questions regarding the applicability of computer fraud coverage to phishing scheme losses in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Ernst & Haas v. Hiscox earlier this year, with a backdrop of differing case results and evolving fact patterns over the past few years, say Robert Callahan and Melissa D’Alelio at Robins Kaplan.

  • Storm Insurance Considerations For Cos. New To Florida

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    As more and more businesses migrate to Florida, commercial property owners and tenants should carefully consider specific contract terms in order to avoid insurance issues and litigation in the event of storm damage, say Philippe Lieberman and Marko Cerenko at Kluger Kaplan.

  • Business Insurance Considerations Amid Conflict In Ukraine

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    As the conflict in Ukraine continues to wreak havoc on global business operations and supply chains, companies should carefully assess all the various types of insurance coverage that may mitigate corporate losses, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Recent State Rulings Buck Trend In COVID Insurance Disputes

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    For the last two years, policyholders have been mostly unsuccessful in arguing that commercial property policies should cover losses suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a trio of recent state court decisions suggests that the pendulum may swing in policyholders' favor, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • NY Waterborne Property Ruling Is A Warning To Policyholders

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    A New York state court's recent decision in Mill Basin v. Markel, adopting an expansive interpretation of a waterborne exclusion, is a reminder to policyholders that courts may rule against them even when case law and insurance principles are seemingly in their favor, say Catherine Doyle and Caroline Meneau at Jenner & Block.

  • 2 Reasons Why Ill. Virus Coverage Ruling Is Significant

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    An Illinois federal court's recent decision in Dental Experts v. Massachusetts Bay Insurance is especially useful due to the scarcity of relevant pandemic-related business interruption case law involving first-party policies, and because it clarifies how the cause test should be applied in similar cases, say Christopher Kuleba and Adrienne Kitchen at Reed Smith.

  • Tracking Class Certification Changes, 1 Year After TransUnion

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    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court's TransUnion v. Ramirez decision, defense lawyers have invoked it as support for denying class certification or decertifying classes — but an analysis suggests that the main impact of the ruling has simply been closer scrutiny of class definitions by district courts, say James Morsch and Jonathan Singer at Saul Ewing.

  • What's At Stake In Fla. Insurance Appraisal Case

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    The Florida Supreme Court's decision in Weston Property & Casualty Insurance v. Riverside Club Condominium Association, determining whether trial courts should have discretion to sequence appraisal and fraud in insurance disputes, will influence how claims are handled on a national basis, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • Hurricane Insurance Prep Is Key For Fla. Condos And HOAs

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    As this year's hurricane season gets underway, Florida associations for homeowners, condos and communities should review their insurance policies and protocols in advance of potential inclement weather, says Kelly Corcoran at Ball Janik.