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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

Insurer not liable for coverage for attorney malpractice claim due to business enterprise and status exclusions
  • Bressler, Amery & Ross PC
  • USA
  • May 7 2015

In Lee & Amtzis, LLP v. American Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co., 2015 NY Slip Op. 02919 (N.Y. App. Div. 1st Dep’t April 7, 2015), an intermediate New York

Loss reserves set by insurer after litigation threat are protected work product
  • Jenner & Block
  • USA
  • March 25 2015

In Schreib v. American Family Mutual Insurance Co., No. C14-0165JLR (W.D. Wash. Dec. 15, 2014), the district court held that individual case reserves

Attorney-client privilege
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC
  • USA
  • February 20 2015

In Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea, copy attached, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that an insurer does not waive the attorney-client

New Arizona Court of Appeals decision: insurer only waives privilege if it affirmatively asserts it acted in good faith because it relied on counsel’s advice
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • USA
  • February 3 2015

In Everest Indem. Ins. Co. v. Rea, the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer's admission that it consulted with counsel in making

Dancing the witness-advocate line
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • USA
  • January 30 2015

When is a lawyer more than just a lawyer? It’s a question that insurers are facing with increased frequency as their outside counsel straddle the