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Barry Zalma
When Is a Landslide a Fire? Ninth Circuit Finds Fire To Be Direct Cause of Landslide that Destroyed House

Those of us who live in the western United States see wildfires on a regular basis. Fire is a named peril and is covered by a simple fire policy and by a homeowners or commercial property policy. Landslides and mudslides that follow wildfires because...

Randy J. Maniloff
Emily Post Would Not Approve: He Really Said That? And Then That?

There is no other way to put it. Amica Mutual Ins. Co. v. Vernon, 14-235 (D. Idaho Apr. 17 2015), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], is a coverage case that grows out of a sad situation. The unfortunate story is told by the court...

Troutman Sanders
Carrier Held to Have No Duty to Defend or Indemnify Insured Massage Therapist Against Claim of Sexual Assault Because the Assault Was Not Allegedly Performed Within the Therapist’s Scope of Employment

Baek v. Continental Cas. Co. , 230 Cal. App. 4th 356 (2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In Baek, the general liability carrier for a massage business was held to have no duty to defend or indemnify a massage therapist...

Randy J. Maniloff
Lawyer Thinking About Work, On the Way To The Office, Is Not Working

Coverage Opinions Gets A Mention In The Wall Street Journal Law Blog Cases involving coverage under automobile policies do not usually get a lot of play in Coverage Opinions (what is “use of an auto” cases are sometimes an exception;...

Troutman Sanders
Recovery from General Liability Carrier Held to Reduce Underinsured Motorist Coverage and to Eliminate Any Obligation on the Part of the Injured Party’s Automobile Carrier

Elliott v. Geico Indem. Co. , 231 Cal. App. 4th 789 (2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In Elliott , the California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s ruling that a carrier’s underinsured motorist...

Vandeventer Black LLP
The Trouble With Certificates

By Douglas M. Palais Even though issuing certificates is an important part of the service that you provide to your customers, from an E & O standpoint, they must be handled with extreme care. The following points are not comprehensive, but demonstrate...