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Iowa Supreme Court upholds denial of coverage to life insurer for failure to disclose applicants’ HIV positive status
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 7 2010

In Farm Bureau Life Insurance Co. v. Chubb Custom Insurance Co. et al., the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed the district court’s ruling that Farm Bureau was not entitled to liability coverage in its disputes with two applicants that were HIV positive


Federal court in Ohio recognizes cause of action for insurer bad faith outside claim handling context
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • June 8 2010

"Although Ohio courts have generally found independent tort liability only in cases of improper processing and handling of claims," the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio held that a claim predicated on an insurer’s failure to refund unearmed premiums can support an independent claim for bad faith


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


Presentation on dispute resolution clauses
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 23 2010

Vince Vitkowsky of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP presented on Thursday concerning Dispute Resolution Clauses in reinsurance contracts, which specifically focused on arbitration clauses


Third Circuit holds that professional services exclusion in general liability policy applies to all allegations arising out of architect’s work and insurers had no duty to defend
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 6 2010

The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying New Jersey law, recently held that all claims against an insured architectural firm arising out of the firm’s architectural work on a parking garage that later collapsed are not covered under its general liability policies due to professional services exclusions


California federal court finds that issue of whether commutation terminated certain reinsurance contracts was for the arbitration panel to decide
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • February 12 2010

Petitioner Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("Sun Life") moved to confirm an arbitration award against Respondents Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Golden Eagle Insurance Corporation and San Diego Insurance Company


Connecticut Superior Court held that home seller’s misrepresentation regarding lead paint constituted “occurrence” and insurer had a duty to defend
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 1 2009

A Connecticut Superior Court recently awarded summary judgment against an insurer on the basis that a home seller’s misrepresentation regarding the existence of lead paint in the home constituted an "occurrence" under her insurance policy and, therefore, the insurer had a duty to defend the seller in a lawsuit alleging negligent misrepresentation and was liable for paying the stipulated judgment agreed to by the parties


NY appellate court affirms motion court’s dismissal of complaint seeking defense costs under directors' and officers' errors and omission policy for investigations that resulted in disgorgement of improperly acquired funds
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 2 2009

On December 1, 2009, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, unanimously affirmed Justice Marcy S. Friedman’s March 10, 2009 Decision and Order (entered March 13, 2009, Supreme Court, New York County), dismissing Millennium’s complaint as against defendant Select Insurance Company


Colorado district court denies insurer’s motion for summary judgment and finds issues of fact as to reasonableness of insurer’s denied claim for uninsured motor vehicle coverage
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 1 2009

In Eppich v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, No. 08-CV-01697-PAB-MEH (Sept. 30, 2009), the United States District Court for the District of Colorado held that an insurer failed to meet its burden on summary judgment of establishing that an accident caused by a motorcycle that was not "street legal" at the time it struck and injured a woman riding her bicycle on a trail fell within an uninsured motorist coverage’s exclusion for "land motor vehicles . . . designed for use mainly off public roads."