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Connecticut jury awards $14.7 million against insurer for violation of Unfair Trade Practices Act in auto body shop class action lawsuit

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 8 2010

In a class action lawsuit brought by various auto body shops and the Auto Body Association of Connecticut, a Connecticut jury recently rendered a $14.7 million verdict against an insurance company for allegedly violating the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act

Court denies Wells Fargo’s motion to dismiss on statute of limitations grounds

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 10 2010

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss a class action brought by a class of purchasers of mortgage pass-through certificates

Circular letter regarding contract certainty issued for comment by the New York Insurance Department

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 14 2010

The New York Insurance Department (the “Department”) recently issued a draft Supplement No. 1 to Circular Letter No. 20 (2008) (“CL No. 20”) regarding insurance contract certainty for propertycasualty insurance policies and reinsurance contracts

Massachusetts court says subrogation waiver can survive project completion

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 7 2010

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that an insured's waiver of its carrier's subrogation rights can survive the completion of a construction project

Cigarette Rule update - still smokin’ in Connecticut

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 2 2010

In a February 8, 2010 blog post, which can be found here, we reported on a then-recent jury verdict in which a Connecticut jury awarded nearly $15 million to a class of automotive body shop plaintiffs based on the jury's finding that the insurance company defendant violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act

U.S. Supreme Court rules that court lacks the authority to determine whether an arbitration agreement is unconscionable

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 21 2010

In Rent-A-Center, West, Inc., v. Antonio Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed the issue of whether, under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”), a federal court has the authority to address a party’s claim that an arbitration agreement is unconscionable, where the agreement explicitly delegates that decision to the arbitrator

Third Circuit revives limited portions of in re: insurance brokerage antitrust litigation (MDL 1663)

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 18 2010

Nearly three years after a federal district court dismissed with prejudice a nationwide class action alleging antitrust and RICO claims against insurers and brokers in connection with contingent commission arrangements, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has revived a limited swath of plaintiffs' claims

New York Insurance Department to hold hearing on August 20, 2010 on whether to expand the Export List under Regulation 41

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 28 2010

A public hearing on August 20, 2010 will explore the possibility of increasing insurance capacity in New York by easing access to unauthorized insurers

SEC issues first progress report on convergence of global accounting standards

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • Global, USA
  • -
  • November 29 2010

Earlier this year, the leadership at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") directed its staff at the Office of the Chief Accountant to develop a Work Plan to consider the convergence of the U.S

Georgia Federal District Court finds that hot tub water is “intended for bodily consumption”

  • Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 11 2009

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend under a CGL policy and umbrella policy against claims relating to a hotel guest’s alleged contraction of Legionnaire’s Disease from a dirty hot tub