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Reed Smith LLP on Insurance Coverage for Violations of Statutory Privacy Rights

In an Emerging Issues Commentary, Reed Smith LLPs Timothy Law and Toki Rehder advocate that given that insurance policies definitions of personal and advertising injury explicitly include the publication or making known of material that violates a persons right of privacy, insurers should cover damages...

An Insurer’s Inaction May Result in a Waiver of its Right to Rescind a Policy after an Insured’s Misrepresentation

You may hear the practice of law described as putting out fires, and your job as that of a fireman. We are frequently called in after the blaze at the corporation is out of control. Much as a fireman asks over and over, ‘Why do people smoke in bed?’, we ask ourselves, ‘Why did our corporate...

Does Your House have Mold from Leaking Plumbing? Better to be in Texas than in California

If your career path is in insurance or real estate litigation, you may become immersed in moldy law. Not moldy as in old, like those wonderful ancient law school real property topics of the Rule in Shelley’s Case and the Rule against Perpetuities, but claims involving black mold and other fungi...

New York ups the Ante by Allowing Consequential Damages against Insurers Who Breach Insurance Policies

We all remember that first lesson on breach of contract damages. Our first day in Contracts, our own version of Professor Kingsfield of The Paper Chase , glowering up at a classroom of 1Ls and picking on the meekest of us to explain those infamous words of Baron Sir Edward Hall Alderson in that most...

Special Event Insurance Policies Add to General Liability Insurance Coverage, but Watch Out for Those Participant Exclusions

So you have your tickets for Beyoncé’s “I AM…” concert. Or maybe you are planning to see Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band when they come to your favorite venue. Concert music not your gig? How about taking your kids to see Walking with Dinosaurs - the Arena Spectacular...

Pervasive Odor in Structure Suffering Sick Building Syndrome is Physical Injury under Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy so that Insurer’s Duty to Defend is Triggered

Three weeks ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in favor of an insured in a commercial general liability (CGL) insurer’s declaratory judgment action that had sought a declaration that the insurer did not have a duty to defend, nor a duty to indemnify, the insured...

Federal Court May have Upped the Ante Even More on Consequential Damages for Claims against Insurers for Breach of Contract

Earlier this year I discussed the companion cases of Bi-Economy Mkt., Inc. v. Harleysville Ins. Co. of N.Y. , 886 N.E.2d 127 (N.Y. 2008), and Panasia Estates, Inc. v. Hudson Ins. Co. , 886 N.E.2d 135 (N.Y. 2008), in which the New York Court of Appeals ruled that an insured could seek consequential damages...

Premium Payment for Cancelled Insurance Policy Does Not Create Reinstatement for Time Period Prior to Receipt of the Payment

Paying bills used to be so complicated, and so filled with the unknown. An insurance premium was past due and the insurer had sent a notice of cancellation. The insured wrote a check, stuck a stamp on an envelope, took it to the post office, and hoped that it arrived at the insurer’s office within...

Does an Excess Umbrella Insurer Have a Duty to Defend when a Primary Umbrella Insurer Refuses to Defend? A Wisconsin Appellate Court Punts

It’s late afternoon when the partner that you report to drops a file on your desk and informs you that the client needs an answer by the end of business tomorrow. The client is an excess insurer that wrote an umbrella insurance policy for a chain of coffee shops. The policy provides that the client...

Of Serbonian Bogs, Eggshell-Skulled Insureds, and Bad-Faith Insurers

“A gulf profound as that SERBONIAN Bog Betwixt DAMIATA and mount CASIUS old, Where Armies whole have sunk:” John Milton, Paradise Lost , Book II (1667) The Serbonian Bog, supposedly located in lower ancient Egypt near Palestine, was a place from which there was no way of extricating...

Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers - Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements

In his article appearing in the November/December 2009 issue of Coverage , “ Insurance 101 ─ Insights for Young Lawyers : Assessing Coverage Issues under Additional Insured Endorsements,” Seth Friedman observes that while additional insured endorsements can benefit both policyholders and...