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Excess policy didn't follow form to primary's claims-made-and-reported requirement, so insured's failure to provide notice during policy period was no defense to coverage

USA - July 30 2015 Read your policies carefully: A "follow form" excess policy may not actually follow form in some surprising and significant ways. The insureds in…

Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, Christine Spinella Davis, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis

Texas or New York? With Texas law applying, court says late notice does not preclude coverage

USA - July 2 2015 In a unique conflict between a Texas statute and a New York choice-of-law provision contained in an insurance policy, a Texas bankruptcy judge…

Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, Christine Spinella Davis, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis

Request for injunctive relief, not damages, dooms defense claim

USA - December 5 2014 Be mindful of what relief the plaintiff seeks. Here, the relief sought in the underlying litigation was limited to an injunction; the plaintiff did…

Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis, Susan P. White

Hang tags are an advertisement, coverage required for copyright suit

USA - November 4 2015 Do hang tags on clothing forming the basis of a trademark and copyright infringement lawsuit constitute an advertising injury? A federal court in…

Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, Christine Spinella Davis, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis

Legal issues not proper expert testimony

USA - April 1 2015 As a good reminder concerning the boundaries for admissibility of expert opinions, a federal court in Texas recently granted a policyholder’s motion…

Amy B. Briggs, Donna M. Carlton, David B. Killalea, Stephen T. Raptis, Susan P. White