Thoughts From The HB Litigation Conference On BP Oil Spill, Developing Legal, Insurance Issues

By John L. Watkins, Shareholder, Chorey, Taylor & Feil Last week, courtesy of my friends at LEXIS, I attended the HB Litigation Conference in Atlanta on litigation and insurance coverage issues arising from the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The presenters included extremely...

5th Circuit Panel Unable To Resolve Dispute Over Hurricane Post-Loss Assignments

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) In light of the Louisiana Supreme Court's May 10 answer to a certified question regarding post-loss assignments, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 28 found that it is unable to resolve an appeal by more than 200 insurers challenging approximately 151,000...

Jury: Insured Incurred $4 Million In Covered Hurricane Wilma Damages Under Excess Policy

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on Jan. 30 found that a Florida property manager insured incurred $4 million in covered losses from Hurricane Wilma, rendering a verdict against the excess insurer following a 10-day trial (...

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Insurer's Motion To Stay Reinstated $92.9 Million Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 denied an insurer's motion to stay pending the filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari of a $92.9 million judgment that was reinstated against it in a class action lawsuit arising from hurricanes Katrina and...

5th Circuit: United States Not Immune From Liability For Katrina Flood Damage

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on March 2 affirmed a lower court's ruling that the United States is not immune from liability for certain plaintiffs' Hurricane Katrina flood damage under Section 702c of the Flood Control Act of 1928 and under the discretionary...

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Insurer's Appeal Of Reinstated $92.9 Million Judgment

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 25 denied an insurer's petition for a writ of certiorari challenging the Louisiana Supreme Court's finding that every member of a class of more than 18,000 insureds was entitled to recover the maximum $5,000 civil penalty based...

Judge: World Trade Center Properties Cannot Recover Against Aviation Defendants

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) World Trade Center Properties LLC and its holding companies’ $4.09 billion insurance recovery stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks corresponds to and offsets their maximum potential tort damages recovery of $2.8 billion, a New York federal judge...

2nd Circuit: $5M Contingent Payment Pursuant To Sept. 11 Settlement Not Triggered

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 9 found that a lower federal court erred in ordering the WTC Captive Insurance Co. Inc. to make a $5 million first contingent payment pursuant to the settlement of personal injury claims filed against the City of New York...

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Saudi Arabia’s Appeal Disputing Reopening Of 9/11 Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 30 refused to hear the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s appeal of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that a lower federal court erred in denying insurers’ motion to reopen a judgment that dismissed sovereign...