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SNR Denton LLP on Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co.: Georgia Supreme Court Seems To Hold That Liability Insurance Disclaimer on One Ground Forfeits Other Grounds
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by Ronald D. Kent

By Ronald D. Kent, Partner, SNR Denton In Hoover v. Maxum Indemnity Co., the Georgia Supreme Court held that a liability insurance coverage disclaimer could not reserve a right to assert additional grounds later. If taken literally, this apparently... Read More

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Denton In Post v. St. Paul Travelers Insurance Co., 691 F.3d 500 (3d Cir. 2012), the Third Circuit, discussing a prior, nonprecedential Third Circuit case, Gallatin Fuels, Inc. v. Westchester...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

SNR Denton on Genovese v. Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co.: Florida Upholds Insurer’s Attorney-Client Privilege in Bad Faith Cases
Posted on 20 Apr 2011 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton Florida law on attorney-client privilege in bad faith cases has been in doubt, after the Florida Supreme Court made a false start and a change of direction. Other courts have disagreed... Read More

SNR Denton on Reasonableness of Insurer’s Delay in Offering Policy Limits Is Question of Fact: Allstate Insurance Co. v. Herron
Posted on 9 Jun 2011 by Ronald D. Kent

By Ronald D. Kent, Partner, SNR Denton In Allstate Insurance Co. v. Herron, [1] Allstate had offered its policy limits, but not until after expiration of a time-limit demand. A jury found that Allstate had acted reasonably, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed... Read More

SNR Denton on Toughened Federal Pleading Rules Apply to Conclusory Allegations of Bad Faith: Luna v. Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Co.
Posted on 1 Aug 2011 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton The Supreme Court has recently toughened federal pleading requirements, but those are usually thought of as impacting cases involving such subjects as securities fraud and antitrust,... Read More

SNR Denton LLP on Lennar Corp. v. Transamerica Insurance Co.: Whither Bad Faith in Arizona?
Posted on 15 Sep 2012 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton This commentary examines a potentially pivotal court decision in the law of bad faith and its implications. The Arizona Court of Appeals in Lennar Corp. v. Transamerica Insurance Co... Read More

SNR Denton on Fred Shearer & Sons, Inc. v. Gemini Insurance Co.: Oregon Allows Use of Extrinsic Evidence To Determine Whether a Defendant is Insured
Posted on 27 Dec 2011 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton An insurer's duty to defend is usually determined based on the facts alleged within the four corners of the complaint against the insured. Various jurisdictions allow or require consideration... Read More

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

SNR Denton LLP on Pedicini v. Life Insurance Co. of Alabama: Insurer Acted in Bad Faith by Refusing To Recognize Ambiguity of Policy Language
Posted on 13 Nov 2012 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton In Pedicini v. Life Insurance Co. of Alabama, 682 F.3d 522 (6th Cir. 2012), the Sixth Circuit held that the relevant language in a medical insurance policy was ambiguous and further... Read More

SNR Denton on In re County of Erie: Second Circuit Adopts Narrow Rule on At-Issue Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege
Posted on 20 Feb 2009 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

Attorney-client privilege plays a particularly important role in insurance bad faith cases. Those with bad faith claims against insurers commonly view the insurer’s communications with its lawyers and the lawyers’ work product as valuable... Read More

SNR Denton on Fred Shearer & Sons, Inc. v. Gemini Insurance Co.: Oregon Allows Use of Extrinsic Evidence To Determine Whether a Defendant is Insured
Posted on 27 Dec 2011 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton An insurer's duty to defend is usually determined based on the facts alleged within the four corners of the complaint against the insured. Various jurisdictions allow or require... Read More