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For Insurers In Pennsylvania: Courts Continue to Sing The Praises of Kvaerner And Gambone

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, it’s because Gambone is here It’s...

California Supreme Court Steps Away from Foster-Gardner Doctrine

By Andrew B. Downs, Shareholder, Bullivant Houser Bailey PC In a retreat from its 1998 decision in Foster-Gardner, Inc. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. , 18 Cal.4th 857, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the California Supreme Court has held that an administrative adjudicative...

If You Build It, He Will Come (And Sue You)

By Randy Maniloff, Partner, White and Williams LLP 3 rd Circuit Addresses Construction Defect Coverage Under New Jersey Law The recent construction of New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey – home of the Giants and Jets – has brought back talk of the longstanding urban legend that...

Insurance 101—Insights for Young Lawyers: Advertising Injury Coverage for Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement and Related Unfair Competition

By Richard Porotsky, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP In his article appearing in the November/December 2010 issue of Coverage , Insurance 101—Insights for Young Lawyers: Advertising Injury Coverage for Claims of Intellectual Property Infringement and Related Unfair Competition, author Richard...

Business Insurance Law and Practice Guide

Business Insurance Law and Practice Guide is a comprehensive guide for both insurance companies and attorneys who advise businesses of all sizes. It provides detailed treatment of many different types of insurance, including liability, directors' and officers' liability, excess, property, financial...

McCarter & English LLP on Barrett v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa.: Georgia Court Interprets Pollution Exclusion in Favor of Coverage

By Nicholas Insua, Associate, McCarter & English, LLP In Barrett v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. , No. A10A1125, 2010 Ga. App. LEXIS 448 (Ga. Ct. App. May 11, 2010) the Court of Appeals of Georgia recently rejected an insurance carrier’s argument that a commercial...

Peach Clobber: Georgia Appeals Court Knocks Out the “Assault & Battery” Exclusion

Another Court Uses the Presumption of Self-Defense to Find Coverage for an A&B Claim Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP As a short guy with glasses, not to mention at one point in time having a keen interest in the Dewey Decimal System, I've made it my business not to become familiar...

Coverage for Cyber Risks

By Louis A. Chiafullo and Brett D. Kahn, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP In their article appearing in the May/June 2011 issue of Coverage , "Coverage for Cyber Risks," Louis Chiafullo and Brett Kahn first observe that the costs arising from data breaches are escalating exponentially...

Nevada Court Denies Insured’s Demand for Refund of Advance Premium

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision Crestdale Associates, Inc. v. Everest Indemnity Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84380 (D. Nev. Aug. 1, 2011) , the United States District Court for the District of Nevada addressed the issue of whether an...

McCarter & English on CGL Coverage for Advertising Injury: New Jersey Appellate Panel Weighs in on Blast Fax Coverage

By Louis A. Chiafullo and Brett D. Kahn, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP The New Jersey Appellate Division's recent decision in Penn National Company v. Group C Communications may help policyholders secure coverage for Advertising Injury liability. The opinion helps to explain the meaning...

Application of Exclusion to Drywall Claim Does Not Render Coverage Illusory

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has held on several occasions that the pollution exclusion applies to Chinese drywall claims. See, e.g., CDC Builders, Inc. v. Amerisure Mut. Ins. Co., 2011...

Third Circuit Finds Additional Insured Coverage Based on Peculiar Risk Doctrine

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision Lafayette College v. Selective Insurance Company , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 22721 (3d Cir. Nov. 10, 2011) , the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, addressed under...

Construction Defects as an ‘Occurrence’: State Legislatures Weigh In

By Edwin L. Doernberger and Theresa A. Guertin, Attorneys, Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. In their article appearing in the November/December 2011 issue of Coverage, "Construction Defects as an 'Occurrence': State Legislatures Weigh In" by Edwin L. Doernberger and Theresa A....

Faulty Workmanship is Not an “Occurrence” But the Damage it Does Is an Occurrence

By Barry Zalma, Attorney and Consultant The Wisconsin Court of Appeal was called upon to resolve a dispute that arose out of damages suffered by VPP Group, LLC the grew from construction work being performed by contractors on a building owned by VPP. VPP was insured by Acuity. Acuity paid the damage...

McCarter & English LLP on Chinese Drywall Litigation and Insurance Coverage

By Nicholas Insua, Jason Alexander & Michael Smith, Attorneys, McCarter & English, LLP In their commentary, "Update: Chinese Drywall Litigation Continues," Nicholas Insua, Jason Alexander & Michael Smith of McCarter & English, LLP, first note that the housing boom of the...

Illinois Court Addresses Liquor Liability Exclusion

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Netherlands Insurance Co. v. Phusion Projects, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5222 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 17, 2012) , the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois had occasion to consider...

Reed Smith LLP on Developments and New Directions in Coverage for Claims Related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

By John S. Vishneski, III and Robert Deegan, Attorneys, Reed Smith LLP The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the "TCPA"), 47 U.S.C. § 227, et seq . , protects consumers from unwanted calls, faxes, and text messages. This commentary first looks at insurance coverage claims relating...

Massachusetts Court Holds No Coverage for Withheld Employee Tips

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Berkshire-Cranwell Limited Partnership v. Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93635 (D. Mass. July 6, 2012) , the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts...

11th Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applies to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Scottsdale Insurance Co. v. Pursley, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 17437 (11 th Cir. Aug. 20, 2012) , the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, had occasion to consider...

Jing on Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects: Developments in Federal & State Law

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 the scope of the standard form insuring agreement...

Florida Court Holds E&O Insurer Has Duty to Defend Civil Conspiracy Claim

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co. v. Hamic, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150067 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 18, 2012) , the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had occasion to consider whether a...

Missouri Federal Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Inapplicable to Exposure to Fumes

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in United Fire & Casualty Co. v. Titan Contractors Service, Inc ., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10716 (E.D. Mo. Jan. 28, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, applying...

Claims for Defective Solar Panels Are Covered by CGL Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging the panels are defective and need to be replaced. As will be explained below, these kinds of claims are covered by general liability insurance (CGL), the type of policy purchased by virtually any business...

Farella Braun + Martel LLP: Claims For Defective Solar Panels Could Be Covered By General Liability Insurance

Several solar panel manufacturers and their distributors have been sued in class actions alleging that certain models of panels are defective and need to be replaced. Class actions can be very expensive to defend, and the ultimate liability can also be significant, depending on the number of panels at...

Broad Interpretation Given To Liquor Liability Exclusion: New ISO Exclusion Not Needed

The Liquor Liability Exclusion, contained in commercial general liability policies, has been under attack. In general, some courts have held that the exclusion does not apply to the failure to prevent the excluded conduct. In other words, say a bar patron is served alcohol, gets in his car and causes...