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Trust beneficiary has standing to sue life insurance carrier to collect policy benefits
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • September 14 2009

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin recently held that a beneficiary of a trust has standing to sue the life insurance carrier to collect policy benefits on an accidental death policy


Court finds that New York law governs reinsurance agreement, denies insured’s statutory claim for punitive damages and penalties against reinsurer
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 6 2009

Plaintiff Callon Petroleum Company ("Callon") commenced an action against National Indemnity Company ("NICO") to recover for a judgment Callon obtained against NICO’s cedent, Frontier Insurance Company ("Frontier"


Second Circuit upholds dismissal for advisor who recommended Bayou Group hedge fund
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 21 2009

In a highly anticipated decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed last week that investment advisor Hennessee Group LLC could not be liable on the claims asserted by one of its clients for recommending that the client invest in a hedge fund that turned out to be nothing more than a Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bayou Group LLC


Delaware court: right to advancement of defense costs for defamation suit can be modified based on changes in factual circumstances
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 28 2009

In a short letter-to-counsel opinion, Vice Chancellor John Noble of the Delaware Chancery Court held that a prior order granting advancement to two officers and directors can be modified based on changes in factual circumstances


NY appellate court: insurer’s disclaimer timely and proper despite lack of prejudice resulting from insured’s late notice of claim
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 22 2009

On July 10, 2009, the appellate division reversed the motion court’s ruling in Sevenson Envtl. Serrvices, Inc. v. Sirius Am. Ins. Co., Case No. 0226008 (4th Dept.), and held that (1) the insured’s 15-month delay in providing notice of the claim was unreasonable as a matter of law; (2) the insurer need not prove that it was prejudiced by the insured’s untimely notice to disclaim coverage; and (3) the insurer’s disclaimer of coverage on late notice grounds 24 days after receiving notice of the claim was timely as a matter of law


First Circuit: no coverage under claims made and reported policy if insured fails to report claim within policy period
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2009

The First Circuit recently held that an insured was not entitled to coverage under a Professional Liability claims made and reported policy where the claim is not both made against the insured and reported to the insurer within the policy period


D.C. Circuit remands Rule 151A to the SEC
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2009

This updates our January 28, 2009 posting


Sixth Circuit: insurer that defended insured in state court action need not defend insured in subsequent related arbitration; wording of arbitration claim precludes coverage
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 29 2009

Earlier this month, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court decision granting summary judgment to a professional liability insurer where it provided a defense in a state court action but denied coverage in a subsequent related arbitration


Massachusetts highest state court: pro-rata “time-on-the-risk” allocation method applies to ongoing environmental pollution occurring over multiple policy periods
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 4 2009

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that where an insured "incurs covered costs as a result of ongoing environmental contamination occurring over more than one year and the insurer provided coverage for less than the full period of years in which contamination occurred," the loss should be pro rated among all the insurers on the risk during the relevant period


Connecticut Appellate Court affirms summary judgment in favor of insurer due to insured’s failure to cooperate
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • October 7 2009

The Connecticut Appellate Court recently affirmed a lower court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an insurer based on its determination that the insured breached the insurance policy’s cooperation clause by failing to provide copies of requested tax returns