ST. LOUIS — State insurance guaranty associations and banks filed opposition briefs on Nov. 5 in response to five summary judgment motions on key issues in a Missouri federal court dispute over the mishandling of funds belonging to insolvent funeral insurers (Jo Ann Howard & Associates P.C., et al. v. J. Douglas Cassity, et al., No. 09-01252, E.D. Mo.).
HELENA, Mont. — A professional liability insurer recently asked the Montana Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that held that a $10 million stipulated judgment against its insured was reasonable, contending that the lower court “applied an improper legal framework” to decide the reasonableness of the stipulated judgment (Draggin' Y Cattle Company, Inc., et al. v. Larry Addink, et al., No. 17-0731, Mon. Sup.).
SEATTLE — A Washington man on Oct. 4 filed a brief in state appellate court arguing that a trial court erroneously granted summary judgment to Travelers Commercial Insurance Co. with regard to his claim seeking coverage for injuries he sustained while riding his bicycle (Todd McLaughlin v. Travelers Commercial Insurance Company, No. 78534-6, Wash. App., Div. 1).
LAKELAND, Fla. — Whether a judge conducted the proper analysis in declining to strike a juror, granting directed verdict on causation in an automobile insurance case, and in not stopping extreme comments at closing arguments that changed how the jury viewed the case are before a Florida appeals court after briefing wrapped up recently (Jennie Buziak, et al. v. Amalia Diaz, Nos. 2D17-4689 & 2D18-0387, Fla. App., 2nd Dist.).
HAMMOND, Ind. — An insured alleges in a Nov. 5 complaint filed in an Indiana federal court that an insurer breached its contract and acted in bad faith when denying coverage based upon a condominium exclusion for cracking damage caused by the insured’s work (Gary Material Supply LLC v. Western World Insurance Group, No. 18-00421, N.D. Ind.).
COLUMBIA, S.C. — In South Carolina federal court, a bank sued for its role as trustee of a reinsurance trust for an insolvent insurer on Nov. 2 sought summary judgment against an insurer regarding claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and civil conspiracy because those claims are time-barred (Accident Insurance Company Inc. v. U.S. Bank National Association, et al., No. 16-2621, D. S.C.).
AUSTIN, Texas — No coverage is owed for a collapse that occurred during the construction of a hotel because the collapse is precluded by a policy’s earth movement exclusion, sewer exclusion and defects exclusion, an insurer argues in a Nov. 2 response to the insured’s motion for summary judgment (White Lodging Services Corp., et al. v. Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co., No. 17-277, W.D. Texas).
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Oct. 28 heard oral arguments in a coverage dispute over whether a pollution liability insurer owes coverage to an additional insured for underlying property damage claims arising out of a sewage backup (Steadfast Insurance Co. v. Greenwich Insurance Co., No. 2016AP1631, Wis. Sup.).
HOUSTON — On remand from the Texas Supreme Court, an insurer argues in a Sept. 13 brief that a jury’s findings that insureds materially breached their insurance policy obligations and prejudiced it excuse its further performance under the policy (State Farm Lloyds v. Candelario Fuentes, et al., No. 16-0369, Texas Sup.).
NEW YORK — In an Oct. 16 complaint filed in a New York federal court, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that two individuals “perpetrated multiple schemes to defraud their advisory clients, which were insurance companies and reinsurance trusts” (Securities and Exchange Commission v. Alexander C. Burns, et al., No. 18-09477, S.D. N.Y.).
CHICAGO — An insolvent insurer’s liquidator on Oct. 29 moved to remand a reinsurer’s Illinois federal court dispute seeking confirmation of an arbitration award for $437,000 in attorney fees and also filed its reply to a previous motion to dismiss or stay based on a lack of subject matter jurisdiction (Catalina Holdings [Bermuda] Ltd. v. Jennifer Hammer, No. 18-05642, N.D. Ill.).
NEW YORK — An insurance company on Oct 19 filed an amicus curiae brief in support of a rehearing by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals of its ruling that a reinsurer’s liability follows an insurer’s expense‐supplemental obligations under umbrella policies because the insurer says the decision is “contrary to bedrock principles of reinsurance law and sound public policy favoring settlements” (Utica Mutual Insurance Co. v. Clearwater Insurance Co., Nos. 16-2535 & 16-2824, 2nd Cir.).
LOS ANGELES — In an Oct. 18 complaint filed California federal court, insurers for subcontractors seek equitable reimbursement from contractors as additional insureds for defense costs incurred in 51 underlying construction defects cases (The Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut, et al. v. Pulte Group Inc., et al., No. 18-08994, C.D. Calif.).
LOS ANGELES — Insurance companies in an Oct. 17 complaint in a California federal court request equitable contribution from two other insurers of $1.3 million incurred in the defense of seven underlying construction defects actions (Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, et al. v. Lexington Insurance Co., et al., No. 18-08964, C.D. Calif.).
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — A surety alleges in an Oct. 26 complaint filed in a Tennessee federal court that two Tennessee citizens failed to indemnify $1.6 million to the surety for a university’s claims against a masonry subcontractor’s defective work (The Cincinnati Insurance Co. v. JDC Masonry Inc., et al., No. 18-462, E.D. Tenn.).
NEW YORK — In a New York federal case alleging mismanagement and misuse of $320 million in investments, a run-off insurer argues in an Oct. 29 opposition that reinsurers and related entities fail to address allegations of their active participation in a fraudulent conspiracy in their motion to partially dismiss claims (Senior Health Insurance Company of Pennsylvania v. Beechwood Re Ltd., et al., No. 18-06658, S.D. N.Y.).
DETROIT — A reinsurer and insurer in separate Oct. 12 briefs argue for and against bifurcated discovery in a breach of contract Michigan federal court case over coverage for asbestos claims (Amerisure Mutual Insurance Co. v. Transatlantic Reinsurance Co., No. 18-11966, E.D. Mich.).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A reinsurer and its affiliates in an Oct. 12 opposition brief ask that a California federal court deny classification in two putative class actions over a reinsurance participation agreement (RPA) of hundreds of California businesses that bought a workers’ compensation program (Shasta Linen Supply Inc. v. Applied Underwriters Inc., et al., Nos. 16-00158 & 16-01211, E.D. Calif.).
FARGO, N.D. — Whether a garage attached to a house by way of a deck constitutes an attached structure for insurance purposes is before the North Dakota Supreme Court after briefing wrapped up this summer (Scott A. Dahms, et al. v. Nodak Mutual Insurance Co., et al., No. 20180202, N.D. Sup.).
BOSTON — A group of insurers and two broker-dealers recently submitted arguments to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, disputing whether a district court’s decision that a specific litigation exclusion barred all of the broker’s coverage claims because they overlapped with previous cases filed against them should be upheld (UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico et al. v. XL Specialty Insurance Co. et al., 18-1148,1st Cir.).