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SNR Denton on Santa’s Best Craft, L.L.C. v Zurich American Insurance Co.: Insurer May Reasonably Dispute Independent Counsel’s Fees Without Risking Estoppel

By William T. Barker, Partner, SNR Denton An Illinois insurer that breaches its duty to defend may be estopped to assert coverage defenses to the duty to indemnify. In Santa’s Best Craft, L.L.C. v Zurich American Insurance Co. , the insured denied that the insurer was entitled to question the...

Insured May Settle Claim Before Suit if Insurer Wrongfully Denies Coverage

By Jill Berkeley , Partner, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP In Selective Ins. Co. v. Cherrytree Cos. , 2013 IL App (3) 120959 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Illinois Appellate Court for the Third District drove the final nail in the insurer’s “if there...