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American Bar Association Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Mid-Winter Meeting
Posted on 14 Apr 2011 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton This meeting occurred in Tucson, Arizona, March 2-5, 2011, and was attended by over 350 registrants from both sides of the coverage bar (and some judges, professors, mediators, and providers of litigation... Read More

A Win For Insurers: Nevada Supreme Court Adopts “Cumis” Rule
Posted on 21 Oct 2015 by Randy J. Maniloff

Tapas: Small Dishes of Insurance Coverage News & Notes Answering a Certified Question from a Nevada District Court, the Supreme Court of Nevada held as follows in State Farm v. Hansen, No. 64484 (Nev. Sept. 24, 2015), [subscribers can access an... Read More

"Non-Trivial Probability" of Excess Judgment Obligates Insurer to Pay for Independent Defense Counsel
Posted on 17 Jul 2014 by Neal Gerber Eisenberg

The court in Perma-Pipe, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation , Case No. 13 C 2989, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54867 (N.D. Ill. April 21, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], held that a CGL insurer breached its duty to... Read More

Insurer Has No Duty to Pay for Independent Counsel and May Reassert Its Right to Control the Defense When the Insurer Withdraws the Reservation of Rights Triggering the Insured’s Right to Independent Counsel
Posted on 4 Mar 2014 by Troutman Sanders

Swanson v. State Farm General Insurance Co., 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 759 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], presented an issue of first impression regarding whether an insurer has a duty to provide an insured with independent counsel... Read More

Nevada Adopts Cumis Independent Counsel Rule; Holds Reservation of Rights Is Not a Per Se Conflict
Posted on 3 Nov 2015 by Andrew B. Downs

The Nevada Supreme Court has adopted the "Cumis" independent counsel doctrine first adopted in California more than 30 years ago. In State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen , 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74 (9/24/2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced... Read More

Arizona Appeals Court Takes Different Tack In Addressing Independent Counsel Fees
Posted on 12 Dec 2011 by Randy J. Maniloff

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... Read More