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Federal Judge Approves $10.5M Settlement In Price-Fixing Suit Against Insurers, Brokers
Posted on 2 Aug 2013 by Mealeys

TRENTON, N.J. - The New Jersey federal judge overseeing the insurance brokerage antitrust multidistrict litigation on Aug. 1 approved a $10.5 million settlement between insurance companies and policyholders who accused the insurers of conspiring with... Read More

Federal Judge: Insurers Have No Duty To Defend Underlying Antitrust Class Actions
Posted on 7 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

NEW YORK - Underlying antitrust lawsuits against concrete manufacturer insureds fail to allege an advertising injury under commercial general liability insurance policies, a New York federal judge ruled Aug. 3, granting the insurers' motions for summary... Read More

Judge: Legal Basis For Insurer's Competition Law Claims Lacking
Posted on 28 Aug 2013 by Mealeys

SAN FRANCISCO - Rules governing bar members' conduct cannot form the basis of California unfair competition law (UCL) claims for unlawful conduct, and an insurer fails to tether the challenged conduct to any constitutional, statutory or regulatory... Read More

Judge Says Damage From Logging Mudslide Is Not Clearly Excluded
Posted on 24 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

SEATTLE - A Washington federal judge has denied cross-motions for summary judgment in a case disputing a denial of insurance coverage for mudslide damage triggered by logging uphill from the damaged property, saying Jan. 22 that genuine issues of material... Read More

Judge: Adjuster For Insurance Company Cannot Be Sued
Posted on 24 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

SEATTLE - A nondiverse insurance adjuster was fraudulently joined by a couple dissatisfied with the handling of their fire claim, a Washington federal judge said in an opinion filed Jan. 22, dismissing consumer and insurance claims against the adjuster... Read More

Court: Insurer's Low-Ball Offer For Third Party's Harms Not An Effort to Defraud
Posted on 21 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - An insurer's denial of liability and a low-ball settlement offer to an individual allegedly injured by its insured do not constitute an effort to defraud, a state court held March 18 in affirming dismissal of California unfair competition... Read More

Product Disparagement Claim Triggers Coverage, New York Panel Affirms
Posted on 18 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - An insurer has a duty to defend its health product manufacturer insured against an underlying product disparagement claim, a New York appeals panel affirmed Jan. 16 (Natural Organics Inc. v OneBeacon America Insurance Co., Nos. 2011-03269... Read More

California Top Court Remands Competition Law-Insurance Code Grant-And-Hold Cases
Posted on 12 Sep 2013 by Mealeys

LOS ANGELES - The California Supreme Court on Sept. 11 dismissed and remanded two California unfair competition law (UCL)-insurance code interplay cases, according to its docket. The court originally issued both cases grant-and-hold status pending the... Read More

California Court: Installment Fee Doesn't Violate Competition Law
Posted on 13 Dec 2012 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - An insurance company's fee for installment payments is a separate benefit from the premium for insurance coverage and is not unlawful, unfair or fraudulent under the California unfair competition law (UCL), a state appeals court panel... Read More

Judge: Tennessee Doesn't Recognize A Cause For Common-Law Bad Faith
Posted on 31 May 2013 by Mealeys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Saying that Tennessee does not recognize a common-law cause of action against an insurer for bad faith, a federal judge there dismissed an insured's counterclaims for coverage of a leaky hotel roof on May 29 (Westfield Insurance... Read More

Judge Grants Insurer Judgment On Vessel Owner's Competition Law Claims
Posted on 26 Sep 2012 by Mealeys

SAN DIEGO - A vessel owner cannot pursue restitution under the California unfair competition law (UCL), Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200 , because adequate remedy exists through a breach of contract claim and the policy's expiration moots his... Read More