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Peach Clobber: Georgia Appeals Court Knocks Out the “Assault & Battery” Exclusion

Another Court Uses the Presumption of Self-Defense to Find Coverage for an A&B Claim Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP As a short guy with glasses, not to mention at one point in time having a keen interest in the Dewey Decimal System, I've made it my business not to become familiar...

Don’t Mess With Texas’s Duty to Defend: High Court Continues To Adhere To Its Unique Rule That The Duty To Indemnify Is Broader Than The Duty To Defend

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP In New Jersey the Duty to Defend is the Duty to Depend, as coverage for defense costs is limited to claims that are ultimately covered under the policy. In California, and other states, the Duty to Defend is the Duty to Lend, as an insurer that defends can...

Jungleland: New Jersey and the Duty to Defend

Big Man ‐ ifesto From The Supreme Court Applying A Broad Duty to Defend Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP "There's an old joke - um... two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The...

Arizona Appeals Court Takes Different Tack In Addressing Independent Counsel Fees

Will The Decision Now Go From Phoenix, Arizona All The Way To Tacoma, Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.? "I say put money in thy purse." Othello Act 1, scene 3 Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP Don't be fooled by the Shakespeare quote. I'm not that smart. I wouldn't...

The Duty To Defend Is Coming To Town: 10th Circuit Uses “Extrinsic Evidence” To Sleigh Insurer

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP Some people get into bar fights. Others, such as those that are 5‟4" and wear glasses and a bowtie, are also involved in bar fights - they analyze the insurance issues that arise from them. We all have our roles to play. I love a good bar fight...

District Court Makes Illi-noise Whether Policy Language Can Alter A Long-Standing Duty To Defend Rule

Court Prevents Insurer From De-fending For Itself Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP This is the first issue of Binding Authority in over a month. That's a long time between issues, as the publication schedule in 2012 has generally been an issue every 7 to 10 days. But, simply put...

Wisconsin Appeals Court Puts The End In Defend: Insurer Can Settle The Only Covered Claim And Then Withdraw From The Defense

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP Overture, curtain, lights! This is it. We'll hit the heights! And oh, what heights we'll hit! On with the show, this is it! Consider this - An insurer is defending its insured in a case that has both covered and uncovered claims. The insurer settles...