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Duty to Indemnify – Bodily Injury and Property Damages – New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 18

By Martha Kersey, Esq. This chapter addresses an insurer’s obligation to indemnify its insured for damages for “bodily injury” and “property damages” under Coverage A of a commercial general liability policy. Coverage A of a standard commercial general liability (“CGL”...

McCarter & English on Duty To Defend Obligation Arises For Portee Claim In New Jersey Even In Absence Of Allegation Of Physical Injury

By Jason M. Alexander and David A. Thomas, Associates, McCarter & English, LLP The Supreme Court of New Jersey in Abouzaid v. Mansard Gardens Associates, LLC , 2011 N.J. Lexis 684 (June 21, 2011) held that a claim filed under Portee v. Jaffee , 84 N.J. 88 (1980) (an allegation of severe emotional...

Automobile Liability Insurance – New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 63

By Lane Finch, Member, Hand Arendall LLC "The automobile is so much a part of American life that there are few activities in which the 'use of an automobile' does not play a part somewhere in the chain of events."[1] In 2009 there were more than 5.5 million police-reported motor...

Medical Payments Coverage – New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition, Chapter 64

By Donald M. Carley, Associate General Counsel, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Chapter 64 provides an overview of one of the most overlooked coverages in the personal automobile insurance contract - the medical payments coverage. The coverage was first introduced in the late 1930s...

Court Holds That “Medical Monitoring” Qualifies As “Bodily Injury”

The question whether so-called “medical monitoring” qualifies as “bodily injury,” for purposes of triggering coverage under a liability policy, is one that has long been asked. But despite the popularity of the question, there are very few cases, even nationally, that have answered...

Appeals Court Pushes Back On Insurer’s Effort To Limit Construction Site Bodily Injury Claims

Insurers have long been writing endorsements to reduce their exposure for property damage caused by construction defects. These efforts have been taking place with First Manifestation, Loss in Progress and similarly named endorsements. Of course, insurers also face enormous exposure for bodily injury...

The Goofiest Coverage Case I Have Ever Seen

Some coverage decisions, addressing certain issues, never cease to amaze me. In fact, the more I see them the more my amazement grows. Acuity v. Reed & Associates, No. 15-2149, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109412 (W.D. Tenn. Aug. 19, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis...