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Seven Mississippi Rush: State’s Appeals Court Allows Excess Insurer to Get Two Hands on Negligent Defense Counsel

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP This is usually the part of Binding Authority where I say something silly - sometimes Sophomoric - and then attempt, with mixed results, to connect it to the coverage decision under review. Some of you have told me that this is also the only part of Binding...

SNR Denton on Weitz Co. v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Co.: Is an Insurer a Co-Client of Defense Counsel It Retains to Defend an Insured?

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton The Colorado federal district court in Weitz Co. v. Ohio Casualty Insurance Co. concluded that a Colorado liability insurer is not a client of defense counsel for its insured. That was correct on the facts before the court and its decision on the issue before...

Duane Morris: Key Ruling for Insurance Companies in Equitable Subrogation Action in U.S. District Court in Florida

In QBE Insurance Corporation v. Jorda Enterprises (Free Download), Judge Alan Gold of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted summary judgment to HVAC subcontractor Jorda Enterprises Inc., who was insured by The Hartford Insurance Company, in an equitable subrogation action...

Supreme Court of Washington Holds Carrier Cannot Sue Defense Counsel

In its recent decision in Stewart Title Guar. Co. v. Sterling Sav. Bank , 2013 Wash. LEXIS 769 (Wash. Oct. 3, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Supreme Court of Washington had occasion to consider whether an insurer can pursue a malpractice action against counsel in connection...