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Dentons, U.S., LLC on Colony Insurance Co. v. Burke: Foster Child Is Not Entitled To Make Direct Claim on Liability Insurance State Purchased for Foster Parents
Posted on 17 Dec 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton LLP The Estate of Aurora Espinal-Cruz obtained a $20 million wrongful-death judgment against Deanza Jones, who had been Aurora's foster parent, after Jones's insurers had refused a $600,000 policy... 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Denton In Post v. St. Paul Travelers Insurance Co., 691 F.3d 500 (3d Cir. 2012), the Third Circuit, discussing a prior, nonprecedential Third Circuit case, Gallatin Fuels, Inc. v. Westchester...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 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

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 Metropolitan Property & Casualty Insurance Co. v. Stranczek: Business Pursuits Exclusion Does Not Depend on Subjective Profit
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 by LexisNexis Insurance Law Newsroom Staff

By William T. Barker and Daniel E. Feinberg, Attorneys, SNR Denton Homeowners' insurance commonly excludes coverage for the insured's "business pursuits," often said to be those involving (1) a continuous or regular activity, ... Read More

Bad Faith in the Context of First-Party Insurance – New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 55
Posted on 23 Jul 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton The insurer's duty of good faith, and the liabilities that flow from breach of that duty, play an important role in insurance law. The duty was first developed in the context of liability insurance to... Read More

SNR Denton on Texas Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ruttiger: Texas Limits Extracontractual Claims Regarding Workers Compensation Benefits
Posted on 20 Dec 2011 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Texas Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ruttiger ,[1] the Texas Supreme Court limited the estracontractual claims available to injured workers regarding payment of workers compensation benefits and foreshadowed... Read More

SNR Denton on Kartman v. State Farm: Claim Handling Class Actions and Bad Faith Without Coverage Take Another Hit
Posted on 6 Jan 2012 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton In Kartman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. [1], the Seventh Circuit reversed certification of a class action for allegedly improper adjustment of claims for hailstorm damage to insureds'... Read More

SNR Denton on Sanderson v. American Family Insurance Co.: “Fair Debatability” Not Threshold Defense in Colorado?
Posted on 30 Dec 2010 by William T. Barker and Ronald D. Kent

By William T. Barker & Ronald D. Kent, Partners, SNR Denton Sanderson v. American Family Insurance Co. [1] affirmed summary judgment for an insurer on bad faith, but asserted that the fact that the claim was “fairly debatable” was... 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 Lease Crutcher Lewis WA, LLC v. National Union Fire Insurance Co.: Failure To Honor the Made-Whole Rule Can Be Bad Faith
Posted on 23 Dec 2010 by William T. Barker

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton An insurer normally has subrogation or reimbursement rights when the losses it has paid are recoverable from a third party, but typically these rights are qualified by a requirement that its insured must be... 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