Expert Analysis

Lessons For D&O Policyholders From Pharma Co. Ruling

A California federal court's recent decision in AmTrust v. 180 Life Sciences, requiring insurers to advance defens... (more story)

5 Tips For Policyholders Arbitrating R&W Insurance Claims

With more representations and warranties insurance disputes being arbitrated, policyholder counsel should note iss... (more story)

A Rare Look At Judicial Interpretation Of LEG Exclusions

A Florida federal court’s order last month in Archer Western-De Moya v. Ace American Insurance and an earlier deci... (more story)

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9th Circ. Sends COVID-19 Coverage Row Back To Tribal Court

A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously affirmed the Suquamish Tribal Court's jurisdiction over a COVID-19 coverage dispute, finding in a published opinion Thursday that although the tribe's insurers weren't present... (more story)

State Farm Must Face Bad Faith Claims In $3M Crash Row

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday clarified a prior ruling reviving bad faith claims against State Farm for rejecting an offer to settle a car crash injury suit that led to a $3 million verdict, saying the ... (more story)

The Ninth Circuit said Allstate cannot avoid a class action alleging the insurer inflated home insurance premiums for California homeowners by double-counting garage space. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
9th Circ. Backs Homeowners' Cert. In Allstate Overcharge Suit

Allstate will have to face a class action accusing it of artificially inflating home insurance premiums for thousands of California properties by double-counting built-in garage space, a Ninth Circuit panel ru... (more story)

Insurance Litigation Week In Review

The Texas Supreme Court found that a handful of insurers may be on the hook for a $220 million bankruptcy settlement, while another state Supreme Court said it will take on underpayment claims against Geico, a... (more story)

Auto Co. Says $50M Policy Endorsement Covers COVID Loss

An auto parts manufacturer is seeking $50 million in coverage for its COVID-19 pandemic-related losses in North Carolina federal court, claiming its policy's "unique" communicable disease provision was misrepr... (more story)

SVB Parent's Counsel Booted From Fraud Coverage Row

The bankrupt parent company of Silicon Valley Bank cannot use Farella Braun & Martel LLP as counsel in litigation over the parent company's claims that it alone must be covered for a fraud scheme that caused o... (more story)

Insurer Wins New Trial Due To Paralegal's Surprise Testimony

An insurer will receive a new trial in its coverage dispute with two homeowners over damage caused by a water supply line failure, a Florida state appeals court ruled, finding the insurer was prejudiced by the... (more story)

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Travelers, Fridge Co. To Settle $950K Dispute Over Ship Fire

Travelers and a refrigerator manufacturer told a Texas federal court that they have agreed to dismiss litigation over the insurer's bid to recoup $950,000 it paid to its insured to cover a ship fire, which Tra... (more story)

3rd Circ. Won't Rehear Pfizer Shareholder Suit Coverage Row

Pfizer won't get a second shot at arguing its insurer should indemnify it in a settlement stemming from a 2003 shareholder class action, with the Third Circuit on Wednesday declining the pharmaceutical company... (more story)

Company Escapes Coverage Row Over Lethal Ammonia Leak

A contractor's affiliate whose employee died in an ammonia leak at a North Carolina cold storage facility needn't face claims stemming from the accident, the North Carolina Business Court said in a lawsuit ori... (more story)

Insurer Misled Lockheed On Contamination Suit, Court Told

Lockheed Martin has told a Maryland federal court that its insurer "lured" it into believing for months that it would defend the company against claims that Lockheed's release of various toxic substances conta... (more story)

3rd Circ. Won't Reconsider Coverage Ruling For Deli Stabbing

The Third Circuit declined to review its decision that an insurer for a Philadelphia deli does not owe coverage for a $900,000 settlement reached with a man stabbed on the premises.

Colo. Justices To Hear If Insurers Can Withhold Some Payouts

The Colorado Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether the state's insurance code allowed Geico, following unsuccessful settlement attempts, to refuse paying noneconomic damages to a policyholder for ... (more story)

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11th Circ. Revives Alabama Life Insurance Class Action

An Eleventh Circuit panel on Friday revived a South Carolina man's Alabama class action alleging his life insurer's costs on his $100,000 policy weren't linked to life expectancy, though the policy said they would be.

BASF Says Insurers Owe Coverage For PFAS Suits

Major chemical manufacturer BASF Corp. told a South Carolina court Wednesday that 23 insurers should cover thousands of lawsuits that alleged a chemical the company produced for firefighting foam caused pollut... (more story)

Bay Club, its board members and Selective Insurance agreed to dismiss their coverage dispute after reaching a settlement in January. (
Club, Insurer Resolve Fiduciary Breach Coverage Row

A country club owner, various club board members and Selective Insurance Co. agreed to dismiss their dispute Thursday in Massachusetts federal court over coverage for breach of contract and fiduciary duty clai... (more story)

Insurer Gets BIPA Coverage Win After Ill. Appeals Court Ruling

An Illinois federal judge granted a win to an insurer in a coverage dispute with a condiment company over biometric privacy litigation, changing course Tuesday in response to a state appeals decision concernin... (more story)

Egg Co. Not Covered For Avian Flu Losses, Minn. Judge Says

A Markel unit does not owe coverage to an egg supplier for losses it sustained due to an avian flu outbreak in 2022, a Minnesota federal judge ruled Tuesday, finding that a communicable disease exclusion in a ... (more story)

Atty's Letter Is Not A Claim For Damages, Del. Justices Rule

An attorney's presuit letter claiming that Syngenta's herbicide Paraquat caused his clients' Parkinson's disease does not constitute a "claim for damages" under the company's insurance policies with a pair of ... (more story)

Ex-Bank CFO Cops To $700K Theft And Life Insurance Scam

An ex-Eastern International Bank chief financial officer has pled guilty to defrauding the bank out of more than $700,000 to pay his personal expenses, and he admitted to opening life insurance policies in the... (more story)