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First Circuit narrows scope of attorney work product privilege
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 27 2009

In a case concerning an IRS audit -- but having potentially far-reaching implications for all manner of litigation and discovery -- United States v. Textron, Inc., No. 07-2631 (1st Cir. Aug. 13, 2009), the First Circuit en banc recently held that the “attorney work product” doctrine protects only documents prepared for use in litigation


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses summary judgment and holds against insurer in bad faith action related to uninsured motorist claim
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 27 2009

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed an award of summary judgment that had been in favor of an insurer in a bad faith action regarding an uninsured motorist claim, and found against the insurer


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


First Circuit: no coverage for false arrest suit where arrest and conviction occurred prior to the policy period
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • August 4 2009

The First Circuit recently upheld a trial court’s ruling that an insurer need not defend or indemnify the defendants in a wrongful conviction claim where the wrongful acts occurred prior to the policy period


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


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


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


New York federal court vacates prior order finding that arbitration must start anew
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • USA
  • July 30 2009

In early January, www.insurereinsure.com reported on In the matter of the Petition of Ins. Co. of North America, et al. against Public Service Mut. Ins. Co., No. 08-cv-7003 (S.D.N.Y.), in which the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that an arbitration must start anew because a member of the arbitration panel resigned for health reasons prior to the rendering of an award