BP Oil Spill Could Be Worse Than Any Hurricane Damage and Much More Widespread - Even Florida's East Coast of Could Be Impacted

By Chip Merlin, Managing Partner, Merlin Law Group I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with others about the current situation. Indeed, my father...

Mealey's Reports: Excess insurers say no coverage is afforded for gulf oil spill

HOUSTON – (Mealey’s) Transocean Ltd.’s excess insurers filed a complaint for declaratory judgment Friday in a Texas federal court, seeking a ruling that no additional insured coverage is owed to BP plc. with respect to pollution claims arising out of the explosion of BP’s oil...

Insurers Encourage Green Building with Endorsements and Discounts

Insurers and regulators are addressing Green Building issues at breakneck speed. With state regulators approving new policy endorsements and insurers offering Green Building discounts, insuring properties that are “green” is here to stay. On April 29, 2010, the Pennsylvania Insurance...

Looking Forward and Looking Back - Some Climate Change Response Perspectives and Predictions

By J. Wylie Donald, Partner, English & McCarter Another year done, another time to look back and to look forward. In the climate change space, the increasing tempo of regulation was halted, but that does not mean that there were not significant events. We catalog a few with accompanying predictions...

Two Key Rulings Pending in Global Warming Suits

By John G. Nevius, Esq., P.E. On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, two separate oral arguments were held that will help determine the future of climate-change litigation - and whether and how insurance coverage is available to defend against certain climate-change claims. The first oral argument involved...

Attorneys May Seek Guidance from Insurance Coverage Attorneys In Order to Better Assist Their Clients

By John L. Watkins, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP As an insurance coverage lawyer, I am often asked to assist other lawyers in dealing with insurance issues that affect their clients. Insurance coverage is not intuitive. In many instances, counsel may not realize that a claim or dispute is...

Environmental Insurance Defined

Anthony Saunders is an insurance broker and specializes in the identification of environmental liabilities and creating environmental sustainability through insurance covers. Why? Without environmental insurance, the costs of rectifying unabated pollution weigh too heavily on society's ability to...