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SNR Denton US LLP on Does Pennsylvania Law Impose Liability for Bad Faith Without a Duty to Provide Coverage?
Posted on 6 Nov 2012 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton In Post v. St. Paul Travelers Insurance Co., 691 F.3d 500 (3d Cir. 2012), the Third Circuit, discussing a prior, nonprecedential Third Circuit case, Gallatin Fuels, Inc. v. Westchester... Read More

The Rising Costs of Disaster: How to Obtain Protection for Flood Related Incidents
Posted on 3 Aug 2011 by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

By Dana Windisch Chilson , Associate, and Kelly Horein, Summer Associate, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC As flooding in the United States continues to escalate, so do the costs associated with the phenomenon. Recent flooding of the Mississippi River... Read More

Going to Pot: How to Lose Fire Insurance Coverage
Posted on 7 Apr 2015 by Barry Zalma

Members of the public think that the covenant of good faith and fair dealing only applies to the insurer and the insured can do whatever they want and hide important information from the insurer to avoid increased premium or loss of coverage. In Michigan... Read More

SNR Denton US LLP on Miller v. Safeco Insurance Co. of Am.: Insurer May Not Enforce Exclusions in Newly Issued Property Insurance Policy If Insured Not Notified of Those Exclusions Before Discovering the Loss
Posted on 5 Nov 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton LLP The Millers purchased a home with severe preexisting water and mold damage which they and their home inspector failed to detect. In Miller v. Safeco Insurance Co of Am., the Seventh Circuit held that... Read More

Insurance Implications in the Wake of Hurricane Irene
Posted on 29 Aug 2011 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

After Hurricane Irene, individuals and businesses will face property losses and interruption of business and will look to insurers for coverage of these multi-faceted losses. To remain up-to-date on the coverage issues raised by Hurricane Irene and similar... Read More

Can Murder Ever Be Accidental? – Tenant is Not an Insured
Posted on 5 Aug 2015 by Barry Zalma

By definition liability insurance never applies to an intentional act. When a person rents a room in her house to a convicted felon with a history of violence and then gives the tenant a gun to use as he desires, she cannot claim that when the felon kills... Read More

Earthquakes, Floods, and Disasters Near and Far: Policyholders Should Look For Cover In The Coverage
Posted on 23 Mar 2011 by LexisNexis Community Staff

By Sherilyn Pastor, Ira Gottlieb, and Nicholas M. Insua, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP The recent devastating and tragic earthquake in Japan and flooding in the northeastern United States should serve to remind businesses of the ever-present... Read More

Mortgagee Not Required to Buy Liability Insurance for Borrower
Posted on 14 Apr 2015 by Barry Zalma

Insurance companies only sell the insurance requested by the insured not the insurance that the insured should have purchased. Mortgagees, who require insurance on the property that was security for a loan require that the mortgagor purchase hazard insurance... Read More

Sweet Carolina For Policyholders: Good Times Will Never Seem So Good For Construction Defect Claims
Posted on 27 Oct 2011 by Randy J. Maniloff

South Carolina Supreme Court Withdraws Crossmann Communities and Allows Coverage for Consequential Damages of Construction Defects - Court Adopts Time on the Risk Allocation Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP The Supreme Court of South... Read More

Continuous Trigger: The ShamWow of Coverage Issues – Sucking Insurers Dry of Much More Than Would Seem Possible
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Randy J. Maniloff

Federal Court Rejects Continuous Trigger for Construction Defects Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP We've all had a waiter use a towel to hold a plate and then put it down in front of us with the warning to be careful because the... Read More

High Fire Season Followed by El Niño Sets California Policyholders On Collision Course With Property Insurers
Posted on 12 Nov 2015 by Richard Robinson

Regular readers of the SFGate website saw two familiar headlines on September 10, 2015. The first – “Northern California wildfire explodes in size” – would not have been unusual on any summer day in California, particularly in... Read More

Jing on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects: Developments in Federal & State Law
Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

Jing on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects: Recent Developments in Federal and State Law by Audrey J. Jing of Kelley, Drye & Warren LLP examines the current split among jurisdictions as to whether a claim for defective workmanship falls within... Read More

Sheehan Construction Company, Inc. v. Continental Casualty Co.
Posted on 25 Oct 2010 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

The Indiana Supreme Court has issued its much anticipated decision in Sheehan Construction and held that faulty workmanship constitutes an “occurrence.” T he court held that it was aligning itself “with those jurisdictions adopting the... Read More

Texas Supreme Court Blows Away Coverage For Hurricanes
Posted on 22 Jun 2015 by Randy J. Maniloff

Tapas: Small Dishes of Insurance Coverage News & Notes Texas Supreme Court Blows Away Coverage For Hurricanes Coverage for hurricanes was all the talk in the few years following Katrina. Much of the action focused on Louisiana and Mississippi... Read More

For Insurers In Pennsylvania: Courts Continue to Sing The Praises of Kvaerner And Gambone
Posted on 27 Dec 2010 by Randy J. Maniloff

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LL 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... Read More