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Presentation by Eithne McCarthy - the new Insurance Block Exemption Regulation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • April 22 2010

Eithne McCarthy, from the Financial Services Unit of the European Commission's Competition Directorate General (DG Comp), made a presentation on the new Insurance Block Exemption Regulation (BER) to the Law Society's Competition Section on 13 April 2010


Second Circuit: distinguishing between policy definitions subject to NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2)’s timely disclaimer requirement as an exclusion and those that are not
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 16 2010

In a decision issued on February 1, 2010, the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed that under New York law some policy provisions, although placed outside of the policy's "Exclusions" section, may nonetheless be considered an exclusion and, therefore, subject to the timely disclaimer and denial requirement of NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2


U.S. lawsuits based upon foreign toxic tort liability: a growing threat?
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 14 2010

In July 2009 in New Castle County in the State of Delaware, three separate plaintiffs filed civil suits against E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company, Inc. (“DuPont”) alleging that their work at a DuPont textile plant in Mercedes, Argentina from 1961 to 2002 caused them to be exposed to and inhale asbestos fibers


New York State Court denies motion to compel discovery of reinsurance and reserve information
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2010

In Mt. McKinley Ins. Co. v. Corning Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 20235 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 14, 2010), an insured (“Corning”) moved to compel discovery of reinsurance and reserve information from its insurers, arguing that this information was relevant, material and necessary to its coverage claim


The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation enters cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom’s financial regulator
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 24 2009

On Tuesday, July 21, 2009, the head of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation ("FLOIR"), Commissioner Kevin McCarty, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding ("MoU") with the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority ("FSA"), the United Kingdom’s regulator responsible for regulatory oversight of the insurance, banking and securities markets


NY court: insured may recover consequential damages absent insurer bad faith
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 23 2009

On December 15, 2009, New York's Appellate Division for the First Department held that an insured need not allege or prove that its insurer acted in bad faith in order to recover consequential damages stemming from the insurer's breach of the policy


Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court defines contours of statute regulating indemnification (but not insurance provisions) in lease agreements
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • May 18 2010

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that G.L. c. 186 15, which makes void any indemnification agreement or provision whereby a tenant is obligated to indemnify a landlord, in whole or in part, for the landlord’s own negligence, does not apply to insurance provisions in the lease agreement


California court refuses to extend coverage for fire intentionally set by child under homeowner’s policy
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 27 2010

Recently, a California Appeals Court denied coverage under a homeowner's policy for damages caused by a fire intentionally set by the insureds' son


Insured bears burden of proving allocation of jury award between covered and non-covered claims unless insurer controls defense
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 4 2009

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently answered the following question certified from the U.S. District Court in that state: Does the insured bear the burden of showing that a jury awarded damages for covered, as opposed to non-covered, claims when the answer is not clear from the award itself?


Southern District of New York confirms arbitration award dismissing fraud claims on summary judgment
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 3 2009

In a recent decision of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, TIG Ins. Co. v. Global Int’l Reins. Co., Ltd., No. 09 Civ. 1289 (Aug. 7, 2009), the court ruled that an arbitrator’s decision to ignore certain evidence is not a proper ground for vacating an arbitration award