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Warning: Broad definition of “cannabis” calls into question “hemp exception” to new ISO cannabis exclusions

USA - November 14 2019 Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) recently released five new cannabis-related endorsements, each of which, when included as part of a business…

Michael H. Sampson

"The" insured versus "any" insured: the Pennsylvania Supreme Court limits the application of the employer’s liability exclusion

USA - May 28 2015 Drawing heavily from an amicus brief authored by Reed Smith Insurance Recovery Group ("IRG") attorneys in Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court…

Caitlin R. Garber, Michael H. Sampson

Pennsylvania courts struggle with insurance coverage for defective product claims

USA - January 28 2013 In 2012, Judge Wettick of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas issued two decisions that have the potential to significantly limit the…

Traci S. Rea, Douglas E. Cameron

Pa. Supreme Court agrees that policyholders may assign their bad faith claims

USA - December 17 2014 This week, in a 5-1 decision resolving a certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held…

Luke E. Debevec, John N. Ellison, Brian T. Himmel, Michael H. Sampson

In Pennsylvania, insurance companies have no legal right to reimbursement of defense expenses

USA - September 8 2010 Insurance companies often have a contractually based "duty to defend" liability claims, such as those alleging that the policyholder caused bodily injury or property damage, when those claims are covered or potentially covered by the insurance policy.

Douglas E. Cameron, Whitney D. Clymer, John N. Ellison, Courtney C. T. Horrigan, Timothy P. Law