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Washington Court Rules Pipe Burst at Vacant Building is Excluded

In Lui v. Essex Ins. Co., the insured owned a building containing tenant space. The insured’s last tenant was evicted from the building in December of 2010. In January 2011, less than 60 days after the eviction, a frozen sprinkler… Continue Reading →

Delaware Court Shoots Down Coverage Under Homeowner’s Policy for Paintball Injury

In State Farm and Casualty Company v. Jennifer Wilkerson, the insureds’ child was driven to the local Walmart, where he purchased a paintball gun. After buying the paintball gun, the child went to a local park where he shot the… Continue Reading →

Something Old, Something New: Well-Established First-Party Property Concepts Used in Computer Hacking Coverage Case

Republished from Tressler’s Privacy Risk Report blog. On May 20, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit affirmed a District Court decision finding coverage for a loss under a financial institution bond issued by BancInsure, Inc. (BancInsure)… Continue Reading →

Down the Slippery Slope of Bad Faith Discovery

In bad faith lawsuits, policyholders often seek discovery of other claims involving allegations of bad faith. Such discovery is not relevant and should be uniformly denied. The mere fact that some other claim resulted in a finding of bad faith… Continue Reading →

Insurers Must Analyze the Condition of Personal Property to Calculate Depreciation for ACV Purposes

A California trial court recently held that an insurer must use the “condition” of personal property as a factor in determining the depreciation value to calculate actual cash value (ACV). In The Doan v. State Farm Gen. Ins. Co., certain… Continue Reading →

NY Appellate Court “Waives” Goodbye to Insured’s Argument for Coverage From Wall Collapse

In Provencal LLC v. Tower Ins. Co. of NY, Tower Insurance Company of New York (Tower) issued a commercial property policy to Provencal LLC. Heavy rains caused the collapse of a retaining wall. At trial, the parties stipulated that the… Continue Reading →

5th Circuit Rejects Insured’s “Mini-Deductibles” Argument in Hurricane Loss

In Saratoga Resources, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., Lexington Insurance Company (Lexington) issued an insurance policy to Saratoga Resources, Inc. (Saratoga) that covered various oil and gas properties. In 2012, when Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana, many of Saratoga’s properties were… Continue Reading →

Another Court, Another Interpretation of “Collapse”

Paul and Annette Fabozzi procured a homeowner’s policy from Lexington Insurance Company. After renovating their home, the interior walls rotted so much that the home was on the verge of collapse. The Fabozzis sought coverage from the Lexington policy. Lexington… Continue Reading →

Marijuana Covered Under Property Policy: Insurers Must Consider Other Factors in Claims Adjusting

Proper claims handling requires comparing policy terms and conditions with particular facts giving rise to a claim. However, a recent decision finding that an insured’s marijuana stock is covered under a property policy offers a reminder that other circumstances should… Continue Reading →

Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Labor Costs May Be Depreciated in Determining Actual Cash Value

Recently, Minnesota’s highest court ruled in Wilcox v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. on whether or not labor can be depreciated in determining Actual Cash Value (ACV). Answering a certified question from the United States District Court of Minnesota,… Continue Reading →

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