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Wisconsin Appeals Court Puts The End In Defend: Insurer Can Settle The Only Covered Claim And Then Withdraw From The Defense

Randy J. Maniloff, White and Williams, LLP Overture, curtain, lights! This is it. We'll hit the heights! And oh, what heights we'll hit! On with the show, this is it! Consider this - An insurer is defending its insured in a case that has both covered and uncovered claims. The insurer settles...

Court Finds Coverage For Settlement Of Restitution Claim

Insurers often take the position that indemnification for claims for “restitution” are barred by public policy, and contend they have no obligation to reimburse a settlement of such claims. They often take this position even if the policy itself states that coverage can only be denied if...

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Provides a Lesson in Documenting the Settlement

A recent case from the Wisconsin Court of Appeals demonstrates the necessity of properly documenting the details of a settlement after agreement is reached on the amount. In Singler v. Zurich American Insurance Co. , 2014AP391, Robert Singler and Zurich American Insurance Co. agreed to settle Singler’s...

Appeals Court Makes New Law: Insurer Must Pay Interest On Settlement After 30th Day Without Payment

Singler v. Zurich American Ins. Co., No. 2014AP391 (Wis. Ct. App. Sept. 16, 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], involves Zurich’s eve-of-trial settlement of an automobile liability claim for $1.9 million. Zurich’s attorney told the plaintiff’s attorney that...

Dentons on Consequences of Inadequate Reservation of Rights

By William T. Barker, Partner, Dentons US LLP In Advantage Buildings & Exteriors, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., 2014 Mo. App. LEXIS 975 (Sept. 2, 2014), the court recognized that there was no coverage, but still held the insurer liable for bad faith failure to settle because it had failed...

Ten Most Significant Insurance Coverage Decisions Of 2014 – The Loudest Case Yet To Conclude That A Reservation Of Rights Letter Was Ineffective For Lack Of An Adequate Explanation

In Advantage Builders & Exteriors, Inc. v. Mid-Continent Casualty Co., -- S.W.3d – , 2014 Mo. App. LEXIS 975 (Mo. Ct. App. 2014), [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], Mid-Continent’s insured, Advantage Builders, was sued for construction defects. Mid-Continent undertook...

High Court Hands Excess Insurers A Big Bad Faith Stick Against Primaries

There is nothing out of the ordinary about suits by excess insurers, against an underlying primary insurer, alleging that the primary had an opportunity to settle a claim within its limit, did not do so, and, as a consequence, there was later a verdict that reached, but should not have, the excess insurer’s...

The Target Data Breach: Settlement Data Suffers From A Breach Of Common Sense

The mid-March settlement by Target, of the numerous data breach class actions filed against the retailer, following disclosure of millions of its customers’ debit and credit card numbers, will cost the company about $25 million. I had the privilege of publishing an Op-ed concerning the settlement...

Two Courts Hold That Adjuster Can Be Personally Liable For Wrongful Claims Handling Conduct

Needless to say, claims adjusters won’t be happy with the Texas federal court’s decision in Linron Properties v. Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co., No. 15-293 (N.D. Tex. June 16, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ]. The court held...

Supreme Court Allows Excess Insurer’s Bad Faith Claim Against Primary

Tapas: Small Dishes of Insurance Coverage News & Notes The Supreme Court of Hawaii held that “an excess liability insurer can bring a cause of action, under the doctrine of equitable subrogation, against a primary liability insurer who in bad faith fails to settle a claim within the limits...

PA Supreme Court Gives Policy Holders Right to Settle Without Insurer Approval

By Michael R. Kelley Insurance coverage counsel have been anxiously awaiting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. Am. Nuclear Insurers , 2015 Pa. Lexis 1551 (July 21, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance...

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds Insured Entitled to Settle Underlying Claim Even Absent Insurer Consent

In its recent decision in Babcock & Wilcox Co. v. American Nuclear Insurers , 2015 Pa. LEXIS 1551 (Pa. July 21, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, deciding a matter of first impression within the Commonwealth...

Babcock & Wilcox v. American Nuclear Insurers: Why Insurers Are The Real Winners In Pennsylvania High Court’s Adoption Of Arizona’s Morris Rule

Justice Stanley Feldman (Ret.) Of The Arizona Supreme Court -- Author of Morris -- Provides Comment [Disclosure: I, along with two colleagues, filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in Babcock & Wilcox Company v. American Nuclear Insurers, on behalf of an insurance industry...

Insurer’s Duty to Defend Did Not Arise until Insurer Was Provided with All Necessary Information to Determine the Existence of Coverage

Carrier’s Right to Control the Defense Includes the Right to Appoint Counsel of Its Choosing and to Settle Claims without the Participation of the Insured Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Kaufman & Broad Monterey Bay, Inc ., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16952 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 11, 2015) [subscribers...

PA Supreme Court Rules Insured May Enter Settlement Despite Insurer’s Objections

On July 21, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in The Babcock & Wilcox Company v. American Nuclear Insurers , No. 2 WAP 2014, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], adopted a variation of the test set forth in United Services Auto. Ass'n v...

Letter To The Editor: Bill Barker, Coverage Lawyer and Scholar, Says I Got It Wrong About Babcock & Wilcox

In the August 26th issue of Coverage Opinions I wrote that, despite the fact that the insurer in The Babcock & Wilcox Company v. American Nuclear Insurers (Pa. July 21, 2015), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance ], lost the case, the Pennsylvania...