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Cumis counsel have obligations to insurers
  • Dentons
  • USA
  • February 3 2016

Defining the attorney-client relationship is critical both to the success of the representation and to the management of risk. It is generally well


This Year's Most Memorable Opinion Openers
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • December 18 2015

Appellate courts tend to avoid broadly sweeping language in their opinions. And rightly so, as appellate opinions are meant to bring clarity to a


Seventh Circuit slams STOLI scheme, permits insurer to retain premium and recover attorneys' fees
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • USA
  • October 28 2015

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion affirming summary judgment in favor of Ohio National Life


Florida court requires insurer to pay insureds' attorneys' fees despite jury finding of misrepresentation
  • Bressler, Amery & Ross PC
  • USA
  • October 27 2015

Over the years, Florida has been included among the jurisdictions described as "judicial hellholes" due, in part, to an aggressive trial bar


Independent counsel has obligations, ruling says
  • Dentons
  • USA
  • September 2 2015

It is well-settled law that attorneys can only be responsibleand potentially liableto their clients for errors or issues arising out of a


Keeping independent counsel independent: concerns and lessons from the J.R. Marketing decision
  • Jones Day
  • USA
  • August 24 2015

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. J.R. Marketing, LLC, No. S211645 (Cal. Aug. 10, 2015


Maryland District Court grants insurer’s motion to dismiss payee’s counterclaims and awards attorney fees in interpleader
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • USA
  • July 22 2015

On July 1, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland issued an opinion granting Connecticut General Life Insurance


US: turning the tables Hogan Lovells recovers more than $625,000 in attorneys’ fees from plaintiff’s counsel for frivolous bad faith suit
  • Hogan Lovells
  • USA
  • July 8 2015

It happens all too often, or at least it feels like it does. Your client is named as a defendant in a case that you know has no merit. You tell the


In the context of a bad faith claim, insurer’s defense that coverage denial was reasonable put at issue otherwise protected attorney-client and work product communications
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • July 2 2015

Recognizing the “conflicting policy concerns,” a federal court judge in South Carolina nevertheless ruled that an insurer affirmatively waived both


Court finds policyholder waived privileges by placing them “at issue” in coverage dispute
  • Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP
  • USA
  • May 20 2015

In a cautionary case for policyholders, a federal court in Florida found that an insured waived the attorney-client privilege and work product