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Massachusetts court says subrogation waiver can survive project completion
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 7 2010

In a case of first impression, the Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that an insured's waiver of its carrier's subrogation rights can survive the completion of a construction project


Massachusetts Appeals Court affirms dismissal of action against business owner policy by mortgagee
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 8 2010

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently affirmed the Superior Court's granting of an insurer's motion to dismiss after finding that the standard mortgage clause in a business owner's policy did not confer coverage on a mortgagee for loss of rent where the mortgagor had executed an assignment of rent in the event of default


First Circuit remands D&O coverage dispute for allocation
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 2 2010

Reversing a district court holding to the contrary, the First Circuit has declared that Massachusetts public policy does not prohibit D&O carriers from insuring against damages allegedly incurred by one class of shareholders as a result of an unfair benefit conferred on another class of shareholders


Court finds insurers no longer required to advance defense costs for certain Stanford individuals due to money laundering exclusion
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • November 2 2010

After a preliminary injunction hearing, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas has determined that D&O insurers for the Stanford Financial Group and various related entities are no longer required to advance defense costs relating to criminal charges and civil litigation filed against Mark Kuhrt, Gilbert Lopez and R


Connecticut Supreme Court limits Attorney General’s power to disclose documents subpoenaed from insurer
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 13 2010

Last week, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a ruling in which it placed several restrictions on the uses that the Connecticut Attorney General (AG) may make of documents subpoenaed from a Florida-based insurer during an antitrust investigation


Ninth Circuit affirms ruling that reinsurer has no duty to contribute to settlement payment where reinsured excess policy was not triggered
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 2 2010

Texas Farmers Insurance Company ("Texas Farmers") issued claims-made insurance policies (transformed into occurrence-based policies through endorsement) to Kaiser Permanente, a medical facility, for the policy periods of 4999-4900, 4900-4901, and 4901-4902


Connecticut District Court: insurer's default judgment does not necessarily preclude litigation in subrogation action
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

A Connecticut District Court recently held that plaintiffs, who brought a subrogation action to recover a judgment entered in their favor in an underlying legal malpractice action against their attorneys, were entitled to litigate coverage issues even though the attorneys' insurer obtained a default judgment against the attorneys in a separate coverage action


West Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination by insurer in the settlement of property claim
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 12 2010

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia concluded that the West Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination by an insurer in the settlement of a property claim


New Jersey appellate court affirms denial of coverage for attorneys' failure to disclose potential malpractice claim
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 28 2010

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, recently affirmed a trial court's decision to deny coverage to an attorney and his law firm who had been sued in an underlying malpractice action


U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear dispute concerning preemptive effect of New York Convention on state law barring arbitration
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • December 29 2010

In a case we have been following on www.insurereinsure.com, Louisiana Safety Association of Timbermen Self Insured Fund v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari to hear a dispute between an insurance pool and its reinsurer concerning whether the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "New York Convention") preempts a Louisiana statute that bars enforcement of arbitration agreements in insurance or reinsurance contracts