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AIG Must Defend Additional Insureds

That it took an appellate court to order AIG’s Lexington Insurance to honor its additional insured obligations is a measure of how frequently insurers attempt to dodge this important contractual obligation. The case of McMillin Management Services v. Financial Pacific Insurance, et al., in the Fourth District of the California Court of Appeal, was decided … Continue Reading

Travelers Fails to Pull a Rabbit out of its Hat and Must Defend its Insured

In a recent federal court decision out of Colorado, Travelers failed to convince the Court that it had no duty to defend its insured based on its IP exclusion (barring coverage for patent infringement claims).  Travelers’ subsidiary, Charter Oak, attempted to dodge coverage for its insured, Minute Key, Inc., under a liability policy.  Minute Key … Continue Reading

Renewal Notices Must Warn of Major Changes in Coverage

California Insurance Code §678 provides as to personal lines policies (such as homeowners, auto or personal liability): “(a) At least 45 days prior to policy expiration, an insurer shall deliver to the named insured…(1) an offer of renewal of the policy contingent upon payment of premium…stating…(A) Any reduction of limits or elimination of coverage…” Insurance … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Policyholder Right to Sue Recalcitrant Excess Insurer

A new opinion published on March 21, 2017 from the Ninth Circuit (Teleflex Medical Inc. v National Union, Case no 14-56366 ) affirmed a $6+ M judgment against AIG subsidiary National Union, who was excess a primary policy issued by CNA.  This is an excellent result for policyholders, and a warning to recalcitrant excess insurers. The Insured … Continue Reading

Bad Faith Actions for Excess Judgments….is There Trouble Brewing for Recalcitrant Primary Insurers

Can an excess carrier go ahead and fund an excess primary limits settlement and then assert a claim for bad faith against the primary insurer who previously refused to accept and fund a prior in-limits policy demand? On August 5, a Court of Appeal in Ace American Ins. Co. v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., Case … Continue Reading

Fourth Circuit finds Coverage for Information Breach under CGL Policy

For policyholders and attorneys that have feared the lack of coverage for data breaches under traditional policies (CGL, property), a recent ruling suggest that it is not time to write off those policies as a potential source of coverage. Yesterday, the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion upholding a trial court ruling that Travelers had a … Continue Reading

Liability Insurer Tries to Dodge Coverage Hiding Behind The Employee Exclusion

Not long ago an owner of a four-unit apartment building, fully insured with a Landlord/Tenants package policy and Umbrella coverage, tendered an injury lawsuit to his insurance company. The insured had hired a roofer to replace the roof. The roofer hired a worker to help and the worker fell from the roof just hours into … Continue Reading

Mergers Just Became Safer for California’s Corporate Policyholders

This morning the California Supreme Court announced the thoroughly sensible ruling that a corporation may transfer its rights under liability insurance policies without obtaining the consent of the insurance company.  Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court, Case No. S205889. In Fluor, the court held that a liability insurer could not invoke a policy’s anti-assignment clause to … Continue Reading
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