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Texas Supreme Court Swings for the Fences in Case Regarding Fencing

In property claims, issues often arise regarding: (1) whether a given structure is a part of the dwelling; and (2) what coverage limits apply to certain structures. The Texas Supreme Court recently addressed these issues in Nassar v. Liberty Mutual,… Continue Reading →

Another Court Rules That Insured Can Assign Rights Under Homeowner’s Policy After Loss

After suffering a loss, it is quite common for homeowners to assign their rights under a policy to a contractor that repairs the damages. However, a conflict arises when a homeowner assigns their rights under a policy even though the… Continue Reading →

Victory for Florida Policyholders Destined to Be Short-Lived

Some commentators are suggesting that the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday in Sebo v. American Home Assurance Co. was an important “win” for policyholders. On some levels that is true, but the victory may prove fleeting. The Florida high court… Continue Reading →

Court Rejects Insured’s Attempt at “Selectively Reading” Property Policy to Cover Data Breach

Republished from Tressler’s Privacy Risk Report blog. In Camp’s Grocery, Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 4:16-cv-00204 (October 25, 2016), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama granted summary judgment to defendant State Farm and… Continue Reading →

Insured’s Attempt to Establish Coverage Under a Property Policy “Explodes” Before 10th Circuit

In Paros Properties LLC v. Colorado Cas. Ins. Co., rainfall caused a substantial flow of water, mud and debris onto an insured’s property, causing extensive damage. The insurer disclaimed coverage for damages related to the rainfall on the basis of… Continue Reading →

Eye of the Storm: Decision Presents Several Coverage Issues in Same Property Claim

A coverage dispute can sometimes become so complex that a host of issues have to be litigated. For instance, in a recent dispute between two insurers, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was tasked with addressing issues related to a… Continue Reading →

Insured’s Position On “Collapse” Issue Falls Down in Washington Court

In American Economy Ins. Co. v. CHL, LLC, an insured owned an apartment complex in Seattle. The insurer issued commercial property insurance for the building from 1999 to 2005. The policy provided coverage for losses caused by a “collapse.” The… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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