General Liability

  • July 12, 2024

    Subcontractor Ducks Counterclaims In $1M Army Lab Suit

    The prime construction contractor for a U.S. Army lab failed to provide enough evidence to bring counterclaims against a subcontractor in its $1 million breach of contract suit, a Massachusetts federal judge has ruled.

  • July 12, 2024

    Biggest Colorado Decisions Of 2024: A Midyear Report

    The U.S. Supreme Court's quick reversal of Colorado justices' decision removing former President Donald Trump from the state's ballots and a Boulder County judge's ruling clearing the way for landmark climate litigation about major oil companies rank among the most important decisions affecting Colorado so far this year.

  • July 11, 2024

    The Top Property Insurance Decisions of 2024 So Far

    Two major state supreme court decisions on insurance coverage for pandemic losses and a Colorado ruling on whether policyholders can be excused for making late homeowners claims are among the top property insurance decisions of 2024 so far.

  • July 11, 2024

    9th Circ. To Weigh When Inter-Insurer Subrogation Is Allowed

    The Ninth Circuit next Thursday will hear oral arguments on whether an excess insurer can recoup from a primary insurer its $4 million share of a $5 million wrongful death settlement, even though the total settlement sum did not exceed the insurers' combined policy limits.

  • July 11, 2024

    Syracuse Diocese To Notice Creditors On Ch. 11 Releases

    Lawyers for the Diocese of Syracuse said they've come up with a process to collect creditor consent for third party releases in an already voted on reorganization plan, telling a New York bankruptcy judge Thursday the approach will hopefully head off confirmation issues after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down nonconsensual third party releases in Chapter 11 plans.

  • July 11, 2024

    Insurance Litigation Week In Review

    Foreclosure prevented a man's house fire windfall, a former Georgia insurance commissioner sought a lesser sentence for his kickback scheme, Kiwanis leaders and sex abuse survivors demanded coverage, and a federal judge extended a penile enlargement injury coverage suit.

  • July 11, 2024

    Climate Suit Report Highlights Carrier Greenwashing Risk

    A recent report highlighting global trends in climate change litigation points to a potentially significant source of exposure for insurers in the form of what are known as greenwashing suits against their insureds, and more direct risks against carriers themselves, experts say.

  • July 11, 2024

    Insurer Can Tap Trust Fund For Old Claims, Mass. Court Says

    A Massachusetts intermediate appellate court concluded Thursday that workers' compensation insurers who are no longer selling policies in the state but still paying benefits on older claims are entitled to seek partial reimbursement from an employer-funded state trust fund, reversing its own prior holding on the question.

  • July 11, 2024

    Connell Foley Attys Part Of NJ Insurance Trio At Kennedys

    Global law firm Kennedys CMK has brought on two former Connell Foley LLP attorneys and a former senior litigation counsel for an insurer to bolster its insurance coverage team in New Jersey, the firm announced Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    Mich. Asks Appeals Court To Rethink Nationwide's Tax Win

    Michigan insurance companies that are part of Nationwide are required to file taxes as individual entities and not as a unitary group, Michigan's tax department said, asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its opinion in the case.

  • July 10, 2024

    Co. Wants 'Duplicative' $18.8M Theft Coverage Suit Tossed

    A Georgia shopping center owner involved in coverage disputes with its insurer after suffering an $18.8 million theft and vandalism loss asked a Georgia federal court to dismiss or stay its insurer's case until its own prior Texas state loss coverage action against the carrier is decided.

  • July 10, 2024

    Insurer, Property Cos. Settle Lead Poisoning Coverage Suit

    An insurer for a Detroit property owner and manager told a Michigan federal court they have settled their coverage dispute over a woman's claims that her 2-year-old girl suffered lead poisoning at the property, which she said was left in a state of disrepair.

  • July 09, 2024

    Nonprofit's Insurer Needn't Cover Worker's Car Crash Row

    A nonprofit's insurer has no obligation to indemnify a worker who was sued by another driver after a December 2019 car crash, a Florida federal court ruled, rejecting the worker's personal insurers' bid to recover defense and settlement costs.

  • July 09, 2024

    CNA Seeks Toss Of Lockheed's Contamination Coverage Suit

    A CNA Financial unit urged a Maryland federal court to toss Lockheed Martin's suit accusing the insurer of wrongfully refusing coverage for underlying contamination suits, saying the very same issues are already pending before a New York federal court.

  • July 09, 2024

    Insurer Seeks $1.7M For Damaged Concert Gear

    An insurer is seeking to recoup over $1.7 million in damages it incurred after concert gear was damaged en route to New York from Belgium, telling a New York federal court Tuesday that a shipping company owed a duty to the cargo's owner to deliver its products safely.

  • July 08, 2024

    NC Tax On Premiums Lowered For Some Insurance Cos.

    North Carolina will reduce its tax on premiums paid in the state to some out-of-state liability insurance groups under a bill signed by Gov. Roy Cooper. 

  • July 05, 2024

    Insurers Allegedly Evaded Kiwanis Foster Home Abuse Claims

    Insurers owned by Travelers, AIG and other big-name insurance groups have been accused of dodging their duty to pay a multimillion-dollar judgment resolving child sex abuse survivors' claims against a foster boys home that was run by Kiwanis International, according to a new lawsuit in Washington federal court.

  • July 05, 2024

    How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

  • July 05, 2024

    Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

  • July 05, 2024

    High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

    The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

  • July 05, 2024

    5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

    When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

  • July 03, 2024

    Ind. Panel OKs Coverage For Taiwanese Chemical Co. Owners

    An Indiana appeals court ruled that a Taiwanese company's owners were additional insureds and that an insurer could not stack various policies' deductibles and retentions to reduce the coverage it owed for defense costs of a chemical exposure class action.

Expert Analysis

  • 7th Circ Joins Trend Of No CGL Coverage For Structural Flaws

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    The Seventh Circuit, which recently held potential structural instability did not count as property damage under a construction company's commercial general liability policy, joins a growing consensus that faulty work does not implicate coverage without tangible and present damage to the project, say Sarah Abrams at Baleen Specialty, and Elan Kandel and James Talbert at Bailey Cavalieri.

  • 7th Circ. Exclusion Ruling Will Narrow BIPA Coverage

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Thermoflex Waukegan v. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, holding that the access or disclosure exclusion applies to insurance claims brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, departs from the majority rule and opens the door to insurers more firmly denying coverage under general liability policies, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Revisiting Scalia's 'What's It To You?' After Kaiser Ruling

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser allows insurers to be considered "parties in interest" in Chapter 11 cases, they still need to show they would face an injury in fact, answering the late Justice Antonin Scalia's "what's it to you?" question, say Brent Weisenberg and Jeff Prol at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Calif. Long-Tail Ruling Continues Policyholder-Friendly Trend

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    The California Supreme Court's recent ruling in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Cement & Gypsum, rejecting horizontal policy exhaustion, was the latest in a string of its decisions involving insurance coverage for continuous or progressive injury claims that favor policyholders, say Billie Mandelbaum and David Goodwin at Covington.

  • NY Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q2

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    The second quarter of 2024 saw less enforcement activity in the realm of New York financial services, but brought substantial regulatory and legislative developments, including state regulators' guidance on cybersecurity compliance and customer service processes for virtual currency entities, say James Vivenzio and Andrew Lucas at Perkins Coie.

  • NJ Justices Clarify First-Party Indemnification Availability

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    In Boyle v. Huff, the New Jersey Supreme Court recently held that indemnification can be available in first-party claims, resolving an open question and setting up contracting parties for careful negotiations around indemnity clauses, says Todd Leon at Marshall Dennehey.

  • Takeaways From Justices' Redemption Insurance Decision

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Connelly v. U.S. examines how to determine the fair market value of shares in a closely held company for estate tax purposes, and clarifies how life insurance held by the company to enable redemption of a decedent’s shares affects that calculation, says Evelyn Haralampu at Burns & Levinson.

  • Insurers Have A Ch. 11 Voice Following High Court Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Truck Insurance Exchange v. Kaiser Gypsum — which reaffirmed a broad definition of "party in interest" — will give insurers, particularly in mass tort Chapter 11 bankruptcies, more opportunity to protect their interests and identify problems with reorganization plans, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • 8th Circ. Insurance Ruling Spotlights Related-Claims Defenses

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    The Eighth Circuit’s recent Dexon v. Travelers ruling — that the insurer must provide a defense despite the policy’s related-acts provision — provides guidance for how policyholders can overcome related-acts defenses, say Geoffrey Fehling and Jae Lynn Huckaba at Hunton.

  • Managing Legal Risks After University Gaza Protests

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    Following the protests sparked by the war in Gaza, colleges and universities should expect a long investigative tail and take steps to mitigate risks associated with compliance issues under various legal frameworks and institutional policies, say Wiley's Diana Shaw and Colin Cloherty.

  • An Insurance Coverage Checklist For PFAS Defendants

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    With PFAS liability exposures attracting increased media attention, now is a good time for companies that could be exposed to liability related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to review existing and past insurance policies, and consider taking proactive steps to maximize their likelihood of coverage, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: May Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses four notable circuit court decisions on topics from automobile insurance to securities — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including circuit-specific ascertainability requirements and how to conduct a Daubert analysis prior to class certification.

  • Key Insurance Considerations After $725M Benzene Verdict

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    The recent massive benzene verdict in Gill v. Exxon Mobil will certainly trigger insurance questions — and likely a new wave of benzene suits — so potential defendants should study Radiator Specialty v. Arrowood Indemnity, the only state high court decision regarding benzene claim coverage, says Jonathan Hardin at Perkins Coie.