Blogs from the ILC Advisory Board: Richards v. Sequoia Insurance Co.: Liability Insurer Not Obliged to Compensate Insureds for Defending Themselves While Insurer Is Considering Whether To Provide Defense

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Richards v. Sequoia Insurance Co. ,[1] insured attorneys, who were instructed to arrange for their own defense pending Sequoia's coverage decision, retained counsel on the basis that the insureds would do most of the investigation, legal research,...

Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP: Comparing Illinois versus California Bad Faith Law

By Jill Berkeley, Partner, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP As policyholder counsel in Illinois, we often must explain to our colleagues in California why there is no "bad faith" cottage industry among the Illinois bar. Taking the words right out of my mouth, a California court in a recent...

Ten Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2013 – Missouri Supreme Court: Policy Limits “Do Not Matter”

Trend: Harsh Consequences For Breach Of The Duty To Defend I’ve always found it interesting that some very important coverage issues elude judicial review, while inconsequential ones get answered. Riddle me this: Why has the question whether bat guano is excluded by the pollution exclusion...