MIAMI — Insureds on Sept. 12 sued their insurer in a Florida court, alleging that it breached an insurance policy when it denied their claim seeking coverage for damage caused by Hurricane Irma (Avrohom Liberman, et al. v. Heritage Property and Casualty Insurance Company, No. 95590062, Fla. Cir.)
LOGAN, Utah — With primary briefing complete and scheduled Oct. 22 oral arguments approaching, the parties in an insurance coverage dispute over punitive damages for a carbon monoxide poisoning incident submitted supplemental briefs at the direction of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals addressing the diversity of the parties and suggesting that a party that has known issues on appeal be dismissed from the case (Interstate Fire & Casualty Co., et al. v. Apartment Management Consultants LLC, et al., No. 18-8058, 10th Cir.).
BOSTON — The First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral argument on Oct. 8 in an insurance dispute in which plaintiffs contend that their insurer “mistreated” them by failing to address their claim and then providing false information regarding the payment of the claim “in deliberate bad faith” (River Farm Realty Trust, et al. v. Farm Family Casualty Insurance Company, No. 19-1188, 1st Cir.).
SEATTLE — In a recently filed reply brief, insureds ask the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a lower federal court’s ruling in favor of insurers in a coverage dispute over an underlying $3.5 million arbitration award arising from property damage that occurred on 11,000 acres of forest lands (Campbell Global LLC, et al. v. American States Insurance Company, et al., No. 18-35337, 9th Cir.).
PHILADELPHIA — An insurer on Sept. 9 asked the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse a federal court’s ruling that it has a duty to defend two construction defect actions, disputing the finding that there are sufficient allegations of products-related tort claims such that there may have been an “occurrence” (Nautilus Insurance Company v. 200 Christian Street Partners LLC, et al., Nos. 19-1507 and 19-1506, 3rd Cir.).
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An appellee recently asked a Florida appeals court to affirm a lower court’s finding that an insurer is liable for attorney fees that were incurred by its insured in a lawsuit arising from a car accident, calling “meritless” all of the insurer’s arguments on appeal as to why her proposal for settlement was not enforceable (Nationwide Insurance Company of America v. Jessica Muro, Nos. 4D18-2824 and 4D18-0907, Fla. App., 4th Dist.).
JASPER, Ala. — In response to an insurer’s motion to dismiss, a woman argues on Oct. 3 that an Alabama federal court should deny the motion and exercise its supplemental jurisdiction over her lawsuit against the city of Jasper and its employees over sexual misconduct in a jail allegations as well as her claim as judgment creditor as an assignee of the insurer’s rights under reinsurance agreements (Whitley Goodson v. J.C. Poe Jr., et al., No. 19-1399, N.D. Ala.).
DENVER — Parties in an insurance breach of contract and insurance bad faith lawsuit stemming from an automobile insurance dispute recently asked a 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel to determine whether a federal district court erred in issuing rulings on certain jury instructions relating to her claims and in prohibiting a claimant from submitting evidence from an underlying arbitration proceeding (Luzetta Murphy-Sims v. Owners Insurance Co., No. 18-1392, 10th Cir.).
BOSTON — An insured in an Oct. 1 motion opposes an insurer’s motion to dismiss its bad faith lawsuit alleging that the insurer has made no payment on almost half of its 228 claims for a total of $39.6 million in damage caused by Hurricane Maria, arguing that the motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction “is an exercise in misdirection away from” its contacts with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Capital Crossing Servicing Company LLC v. MAPFRE Praico Insurance Company, No. 19-11157, D. Mass.).
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Shareholders and officers of an insolvent insurer “disguise” their first amended complaint as one for civil conspiracy to deprive constitutional rights but are actually attempting to “collaterally attack” the insurer’s liquidation proceedings, the Puerto Rico insurance commissioner and others argue in an Oct 1. motion to dismiss in Puerto Rico federal court (Victor J. Salgado and Associates Inc., et al. v. Javier Rivera-Rios, et al., No. 19-1663, D. Puerto Rico).
NEW YORK — A runoff insurer in a Sept. 23 opposition asks a New York federal court not to dismiss its third-party complaint against a defendant for aiding and abetting a Ponzi-like scheme in which fraudulent misrepresentations were made to gain investment control and discretion over $320 million of the runoff insurer’s reserves because the defendant “attempts to minimize his role” in the scheme and “makes a concerted effort to dispute the factual allegations against him” (In re Platinum-Beechwood litigation, No. 18-6658; Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re Ltd., et al., No. 18-6658; Martin Trott, et al. v. Platinum Management [NY] LLC, et al., No. 18-10936, Melanie L. Cyganowski v. Beechwood Re Ltd., et al., Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re Ltd., et al., and Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. PB Investment Holdings Ltd., et al., No. 18-12018, S.D. N.Y.).
JASPER, Ala. — In a woman’s lawsuit against a city and its employees over sexual misconduct allegations in a jail, the city’s insurer on Sept. 19 seeks dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction of a claim that the woman is a judgment creditor as an assignee of the insurer’s rights under reinsurance agreements (Whitley Goodson v. J.C. Poe Jr., et al., No. 19-1399, N.D. Ala.).
UTICA, N.Y. — A reinsurer on Sept. 27 filed several motions for judgment as a matter of law on an insurer’s claim for breach of a 1973 certificate and the insurer’s other contract claims and affirmative defenses in their New York federal court dispute over coverage for settlements of asbestos claims (Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Century Indemnity Co., No. 13-995, N.D. N.Y.).
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Pending the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a case concerning the issue of standing under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, a captive reinsurer and other defendants on Sept. 25 asked a New York federal court to stay a lawsuit accusing them of a scheme to cheat home health aides out of lost wages and benefits (Ynes M. Gonzalez de Fuente, et al. v. Preferred Home Care of New York LLC, et al., No. 18-6749, E.D. N.Y.).
AUSTIN, Texas — A reinsurer, as a debtor, argues to a Texas federal bankruptcy court in a Sept. 23 reply brief that a medical malpractice insurer has failed to cooperate with resolution of its guaranty claim and, thus, the court should grant the reinsurer’s motion for an estimation of that claim (In re: Capson Corp., et al., Nos. 19-10890, 19-10893 & 19-10894, W.D. Texas Bkcy.).
MIAMI — In a lawsuit filed Sept. 20 in Florida federal court, the manufacturer of prepackaged vegetable trays seeks a ruling that an insurer owes coverage to the manufacturer as an additional insured for claims arising out the contamination of produce used in the vegetable trays (Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. v. AMCO Insurance Co., et al., No. 19-23917, S.D. Fla.).
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Two defendants filed separate objections on Sept. 5 to a South Carolina federal magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny them summary judgment on various claims, including ones for violations of Sections 1962(d) and 1962(c) of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act, filed by a special deputy receiver in a lawsuit alleging a scheme to defraud a multiple-employer self-insured health plan with fraudulent letters of credit (LOC) (Michael J. FitzGibbons, et al. v. Alton Atkinson, et al., No. 17-2092, D. S.C.).
TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington federal bankruptcy judge properly used its power under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to approve two settlements between Chapter 11 debtor Fraser’s Boiler Service Inc. and several asbestos liability insurers, the debtor argues in a Sept. 9 brief on appeal by nonsettling insurers in federal court (Fraser’s Boiler Service, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, et al, No. 19-35269, 9th Cir.).
SAN FRANCISCO — An insolvent surety “offers little authority” to show that a continuing agreement of indemnification (CAI) did not imply a duty to inform homebuilders of claims made against surety bonds, the homebuilders argue in a June 28 reply brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, asking that entry of summary judgment to the surety be reversed (Western Insurance Co. in liquidation v. Frontier Homes LLC, et al., No. 19-55101, 9th Cir.).
ATLANTA — An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel will consider whether an insurance policy covers cleaning costs required to remediate dust damage from nearby roadwork after briefing wrapped up earlier this year (Mama Jo’s Inc. d/b/a Berries v. Sparta Insurance Co., No. 18-12887, 11th Cir.).