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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


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


Oklahoma federal court holds claim for misrepresentations in home sale not covered by homeowners’ liability policy
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • January 6 2010

The United States District Court for Oklahoma recently ruled that homeowners’ liability policies (primary and excess) did not cover a homebuyer’s lawsuit against the insured sellers for misrepresenting the condition of the home’s fireplaces


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


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


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


Delaware Supreme Court: under certain circumstances, a D&O insurer may reasonably withhold its consent to settle
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2009

In an August 10, 2009 decision, the Delaware Supreme Court held that under certain circumstances, a D&O insurer may reasonably withhold its consent to settle a claim


California federal court rules that “insured v. insured” exclusion does not preclude insurer’s payments of defense costs in claim brought jointly by insureds and non-insureds
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 1 2009

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, applying California law, has held that an “insured v. insured” clause exclusion in a D&O policy for claims asserted by an insured against an insured did not preclude the insurer from paying for the entire defense costs incurred by insured and non-insured claimants


Update from RAA Re Contracts Conference presentation on extra contractual obligations and losses in excess of policy limits
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 23 2010

We have been tracking developments at the RAA Re Contracts Conference, which took place this week in New York, as previously reported on www


Chinese drywall - second bellwether trial complete
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • March 29 2010

As reported here, the first federal trial in the nationwide Chinese drywall controversy began on February 19th, 2010 in New Orleans, La