Property

  • February 12, 2024

    $1M Alcohol Spill Coverage Suit Not Federal Case, Co. Says

    A packaging company being sued by its insurer after expired alcoholic beverages seeped into a warehouse floor, causing more than $1 million in damage, told a Tennessee federal court it should toss the suit because it lacked jurisdiction.

  • February 12, 2024

    Travelers Says No Coverage For $1.8M Pollution Cleanup

    A Travelers unit said it has no duty to reimburse an oil and gas company over $1.8 million for costs it incurred cleaning up 1,600 barrels of spilled brine water, telling a Pennsylvania federal court the company failed to meet its policies' reporting requirements.

  • February 09, 2024

    State Farm Defends Pricing Setting Insured Says Shorted Her

    State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. renewed its bid to toss a Mississippi homeowner's proposed class action over allegations it intentionally underpaid fire damage claims, arguing it was correct to use a "new construction" setting in its pricing software that led to lower recoverable labor costs.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms Starr Can't Sue To Defend Coverage Denial

    The Second Circuit on Friday refused to revive Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s suit, which a district court had concluded the insurer used to defend its decision to deny a clothing company coverage for stolen and water-damaged goods.

  • February 09, 2024

    Ala. Insurer Gets Hurricane Sally Repair Coverage Suit Cut

    A Chubb unit successfully trimmed bad faith allegations from a lawsuit seeking coverage for a condominium complex that was damaged by Hurricane Sally in 2020, as an Alabama federal judge found that the condo never showed that its insurance claims were denied by the insurer.

  • February 09, 2024

    Insurer Settles $1.7M Fluorescent Sign Fire Damage Suit

    United Fire & Casualty Co. reached a settlement in its $1.7 million suit against a Texas sign-making company, resolving its bid to recover funds paid to a bed and breakfast after a fluorescent sign caught fire and damaged the property.

  • February 09, 2024

    Bad Faith Claim Rejected Again In Hurricane Ida Coverage Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge again refused to find that the insurer of a suburban New Orleans commercial property acted in bad faith in denying to cover $220,000 in damage Hurricane Ida allegedly caused in 2021.

  • February 09, 2024

    Court Says 'Catastrophe' Applies In COVID Reinsurance Cases

    A London court has allowed insurers to make claims under reinsurance contracts for business interruption losses claimed during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the outbreak of an infectious disease constitutes a "catastrophe" under the policy wording.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Adjuster No Longer To Pretend To Be Lloyd's Of London

    An insurance adjuster who hijacked the good name of British underwriting giant Lloyd's of London after blaming it for lost compensation agreed in Texas federal court to shut down businesses he opened in its name.

  • February 08, 2024

    8th Circ. Won't Revive Renter's Fire Loss Coverage Fight

    The Eighth Circuit refused Thursday to revive an Arkansas renter's fire coverage suit against her insurer, finding a district court was correct to permanently dismiss the case over what it said were willful failures to follow its orders and properly participate in discovery.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurance Orgs. Say Bill Would Prevent CFPB Overreach

    Bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has drawn support from insurance regulators and industry trade groups who say the bureau has encroached upon state-based insurance regulation despite clear statutory limitations.

  • February 08, 2024

    Esurance Pockets Totaled Vehicles' Sales Tax, Suit Says

    Auto insurer Esurance stole from customers by routinely failing to cover sales tax on totaled vehicles, a policyholder said in a proposed class action filed in New York federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Apt. Owners Can't Avoid Arbitrating Ida Damage, Insurers Say

    Seven New Orleans-area property owners must submit their Hurricane Ida damage claims to arbitration proceedings regardless of whether one of two foreign conventions applies to the case over the other, a group of 10 insurers told a Louisiana federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    'Family' Exclusion Nixes Coverage For Menards, 8th Circ. Says

    An Iowa Menards home improvement retailer doesn't have coverage under the insurance of a customer who launched an injury suit against it, an Eighth Circuit panel ruled in a published opinion, finding intrafamily immunity applied, even if the shopper was unrelated to the employee who allegedly dropped lumber on her.

  • February 07, 2024

    No Defense Owed For $500K Defects Dispute, Insurer Says

    A GBLI Global Indemnity unit does not owe coverage to a general contractor and subcontractor in connection with a Clearwater, Florida-area couple's bid for more than $500,000 in damages for construction defects, the insurer has told a Florida federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    La. Pizzeria, State Farm Settle Hurricane Damages Suit

    State Farm and a Louisiana pizzeria reached an agreement in their dispute over allegations that the insurer was artificially suppressing the cost of repairs and over-depreciating losses on claims connected to damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, the two parties told a Louisiana federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    No Coverage For Apt. Complex In Negligence Row, Court Told

    The owner and managers of a Kansas City, Missouri-area apartment complex can't get coverage for a proposed class action brought by its tenants over claims of putrid living conditions, an insurer told a federal court, claiming several exclusions in its policies bar any recovery.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Aircraft Co.'s Claims Narrowed In Hurricane Coverage Suit

    A Florida federal judge pumped the brakes on some of a Florida aircraft company's claims against its insurer related to its relocation in 2017 after Hurricane Irma, saying the company can't introduce previously concealed damages in the nearly $250,000 dispute. 

  • February 06, 2024

    Church Urges 5th Circ. To Affirm $2M Hurricane Coverage Win

    Church Mutual Insurance Co. may not like the $2 million judgment a Louisiana federal judge handed down over unpaid hurricane damages, but there's no ground to disturb the award, the First United Pentecostal Church in DeQuincy has told the Fifth Circuit.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

  • February 06, 2024

    Appeals Court Upholds Insurers' COVID-19 Coverage Win

    A Texas state appeals court upheld on Tuesday a decision that a pollution and contamination exclusion prevents coverage for Baylor College of Medicine's COVID-19-related losses.

  • February 06, 2024

    Complex Not Covered For $4M Shooting Claim, Insurer Says

    A Nationwide unit told a Georgia federal court it doesn't owe coverage to an Atlanta apartment complex for a tenant's bid to hold it liable for injuries she suffered during a shooting, claiming the complex waited nearly a year to notify the insurer.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fla. Legislative Session: Property Insurance Bills Roundup

    Florida lawmakers have put forward dozens of proposals to address insurance challenges in the state, from a bill that would expand coverage from the state's last resort insurer to another that contemplates mangroves as bulwarks against flooding.

  • February 05, 2024

    Insurer Owes $1.3M In Defects Row Defense Costs, Co. Says

    A Hartford unit owes a Chicago-area homebuilder more than $1.3 million in unpaid defense costs related to an underlying construction defect suit, the company told an Illinois federal court, claiming the insurer has refused to explain its coverage decisions.

  • February 05, 2024

    BNSF Railway Blamed For Triggering 2023 Wash. Wildfire

    A tenant who lost his belongings in a blaze last summer that destroyed 10 homes and burned more than 500 acres in Washington state blamed BNSF Railway in state court for negligently running a "fire prone train" through a hot, dry, overgrown area, igniting the Tunnel 5 Fire.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons On Notice From 7th Circ. Claims-Made Policy Ruling

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Hanover Insurance v. R.W. Dunteman contains broad lessons for policyholders — as many claims-made policies include similar aggregation and claims notice provisions as the one at issue — on how to preserve coverage, say Brian Scarbrough and Maura Smyles at Jenner & Block.

  • Fla. Insurance Suit Trends To Look Out For After Hurricane Ian

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    There will likely be tens of thousands of property insurance lawsuits filed in the wake of Hurricane Ian, and carriers and insureds will need to view claims through Florida's Valued Policy Law, the concurrent cause doctrine and anti-concurrent cause provisions, say David Levin and Spencer Leach at Baker Donelson.

  • Property Policies Could Cover Organized Retail Crime Losses

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    Following a recent surge in organized retail crime, policyholders can look to case law that suggests they may be able to skirt property policy loss exclusions if they can produce evidence of theft, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes Boone.

  • Policyholders Are Not To Blame For Social Inflation

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    As part of the controversial assertion that insurers are facing an unprecedented increase in claims costs due to so-called social inflation, a recent Law360 guest article argued that policyholders contribute to social inflation and are therefore responsible for remedying it, but these accusations are unsupported by empirical data, says Benjamin Tievsky at Pillsbury.

  • How A Publication Request Helped Shape COVID Case Law

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    More than a decade after MRI Healthcare v. State Farm was decided in a California state appeals court, the case influenced the early development of COVID-19 business interruption insurance law and shows how counsel can use publication requests to help shape the industry, say Josephine Petrick and Ashley Nakai at Hanson Bridgett.

  • A Recovery Option For Lenders With Planes Stuck In Russia

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    For aircraft lessors considering insurance coverage litigation to recover for losses of equipment leased to Russian airlines, negotiating an assignment of rights may provide a faster pathway to recovery, say David Klein and Jose Lua-Valencia at Pillsbury.

  • Policyholders Should Also Want To Fight Social Inflation

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    Effectively combating the ills of social inflation — the upward creep in insurance litigation and expected payouts — requires all stakeholders, not just insurers, to recognize the mutual interests between insurers and the risk pool of insureds, says Bryant Green at Zelle.

  • Property Claim Ruling Rightly Backs Texas Removal Policy

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Advanced Indicator v. Acadia Insurance, allowing the insurer to remove a property damage suit to federal court, ensures that abusive practices related to weather claims will continue to be thwarted per an important chapter of the Texas Insurance Code, says Karl Schulz at Cozen.

  • Trends And Opportunities In Canada's Insurance M&A Market

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    Laurie LaPalme and Derek Levinsky at Dentons discuss the results of a survey regarding Canada's insurance mergers and acquisitions market, and their expectations for the next year in this space — including an increased focus on accident and sickness insurance, and technology-focused assets.

  • 4 Themes From Policyholder Wins In COVID Coverage Cases

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    As COVID-19 business interruption coverage lawsuits wind their way through state and federal courts, the broader trends emerging from the policyholder victories can assist insureds and their counsel with strategic litigation decisions, says Nicholas Insua at Reed Smith.

  • Capturing Insurance Coverage For Climate Change Suits

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    As municipalities increasingly file suits seeking damages from oil companies in connection with climate change, the companies should consider filing actions to forestall insurer denials of commercial general liability coverage based on theories of novelty or inapplicable pollution exclusions, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

  • After Climate Rulings, Insurers May Go On Coverage Offense

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    As climate change lawsuits progress, coverage litigation quickly follows — as evidenced by two recently filed suits, Aloha Petroleum v. National Union Fire Insurance and Everest Premier Insurance v. Gulf Oil — and insurers will likely become more proactive in seeking to limit their exposure, say Jose Umbert and Hernan Cipriotti at Zelle.

  • Indirect Hurricane Ian Losses Could Be Covered By Insurance

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    Even companies indirectly affected by Hurricane Ian — for instance, by losses in their supply chain — should review their commercial property policies as they might benefit from specific insurance clauses covering these types of losses, says William Wagner at Taft.

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