Johan Conrod on Legally Obligated and Plain Meaning for Remediation Costs in Chinese Drywall Insurance Litigation

(Please visit the site to view this video) From the insurance coverage disputes arising from the Chinese drywall litigation came a ruling by Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Va. recognizing that remediation costs are not covered absent a legal obligation but, for now...

Videocast - Michael Ryan of Krupnick Campbell on Chinese Drywall Remediation and Insurance Coverage

(Please visit the site to view this video) Michael Ryan of Krupnick Campbell Malone Buser Slama Hancock Liberman & McKee spoke on remediation protocols during HB Litigation Conferences' recent conference on Chinese drywall litigation and insurance coverage. Ryan represents plaintiffs in this...

New Developments In Chinese Drywall Claims

The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese mines and became contaminated with other potentially dangerous minerals. The product was used mainly...

Chinese Drywall — Update On Litigation, Settlements And Insurance Claims

By Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus, Attorneys at Law The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese mines and became contaminated with other potentially...

For Insurers In Pennsylvania, Courts Continue to Sing The Praises Of Kvaerner And Gambone

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Karen Carpenter, on life as an insurer in Pennsylvania handling construction defect claims: Everything I want the world to be Is now comin' true especially for me And the reason is clear, it's because Gambone is here It's the...

If You Build It, He Will Come (And Sue You)

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP 3 rd Circuit Addresses Construction Defect Coverage Under New Jersey Law The recent construction of New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey - home of the Giants and Jets - has brought back talk of the longstanding urban legend that Teamsters Union...

Holy Mau: Florida Federal Court Rejects Continuous Trigger for Chinese Drywall Claims

I am serious. And stop calling me Shirley. By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP Chinese drywall -- litigation over the smell of a rotten egg, uh, rolls on. For some insurers, Chinese drywall is a potentially large exposure. With that said, and since Chinese drywall coverage decisions...

2 Key Rulings Pending In Global Warming Lawsuits

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...

John Watkins On Assistance Insurance Coverage Lawyers Can Provide To Other Attorneys

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 covered...

Taber Estes Thorne & Carr Adds Litigator Greta A. Matzen

DALLAS - The Dallas-based law firm of Taber Estes Thorne & Carr PLLC has announced the addition of Greta A. Matzen as a partner. A former senior litigation counsel for a large commercial insurer, Matzen's commercial litigation practice focuses on complex insurance coverage issues. She...

High Court Refuses To Review Ruling In Asbestos Coverage Dispute

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 3 denied a petition for writ of certiorari filed by an insured seeking review of whether an insurer is collaterally estopped from enforcing an arbitration clause in a settlement agreement pertaining to asbestos-related injury claims ( George...

SNR Denton On Kartman v. State Farm: No Bad Faith Liability Unless Some Benefits Improperly Delayed Or Denied

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Kartman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. , the Seventh Circuit reversed certification of a class action for allegedly improper adjustment of claims for hailstorm damage to insureds' roofs. In the process, it added weight to the already...

Covington & Burling LLP: Electronic Discovery in Insurance Coverage Litigation

By P. Benjamin Duke and Mari K. Bonthuis, Attorneys, Covington & Burling LLP Almost a decade after the first groundbreaking court decisions on electronic discovery, no insurance litigator can claim to be unaware of his or her obligations with regard to the collection and production of electronically...