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  • August 22, 2023

    Judge Refuses To Reconsider Subcontractor’s Coverage Suit Over Worker Injuries

    NEW YORK — A New York federal judge on Aug. 21 rejected a subcontractor’s request to reconsider her ruling in favor of its insurer in its lawsuit seeking coverage for claims brought by two of its workers.

  • August 22, 2023

    Parties In Reinsurance Row Dispute Bifurcating Declaratory Judgment Claim

    LOS ANGELES — Parties in a dispute over reinsurance billings have filed responses in a California court disagreeing on whether a declaratory judgment claim should be bifurcated, with the plaintiff saying it does not object to bifurcation and the defendants opposing bifurcation but saying it would be appropriate for the court to decide some factual issues before a jury trial.

  • August 21, 2023

    Insurer:  No Coverage Owed For State’s Unfair Trade Practices Suit Against Puppyland

    TACOMA, Wash. — A commercial insurer filed suit in a federal court in Washington seeking a declaratory judgment that its policy does not cover the state of Washington’s unfair trade practices claims against Puppyland stores, contending that none of the underlying claims arises out of bodily injury, property damage, personal injury or advertising injury and “all claims arise out of conduct explicitly excluded from coverage under the liability portion of the policies.”

  • August 21, 2023

    Parties In Roof Collapse Coverage Suit Agree To Dismissal After Reaching Settlement

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The parties in a coverage dispute over a roof collapse that occurred at a vehicle manufacturer’s assembly plant during a re-roofing project have stipulated to the dismissal of the suit with prejudice after reaching a settlement.

  • August 17, 2023

    Reconsideration Warranted In Coverage Suit Over Worker Injuries, Subcontractor Says

    NEW YORK — A subcontractor asked a New York federal judge to consider her ruling in favor of its insurer in its lawsuit seeking coverage for claims brought by two of its workers, arguing that reconsideration is warranted to “correct a clear error” with the judge’s holding.

  • August 17, 2023

    Reinsurer Seeks Leave To Seal Agreements In Cleanup Costs Coverage Row

    PADUCAH, Ky. — Arguing that “the agreements are riddled with the sensitive competitive information,” a reinsurer in a coverage dispute filed an unopposed motion in Kentucky federal court seeking leave to seal redacted versions of a third-party administrative services agreement (ASA) and a reinsurance agreement.

  • August 16, 2023

    CGL Insurer: Baltimore City Employee Acted Intentionally; No Coverage Owed

    BALTIMORE —A commercial general liability insurer filed a complaint in a federal court in Maryland contending that there is no coverage owed for an underlying lawsuit alleging that a city employee who was working as a security guard at the Baltimore Convention Center observed and filmed minors while they were undressing in a dressing area during a dance competition that was being held at the center.

  • August 16, 2023

    Insurer: Insured Vs. Insured Exclusion Bars D&O Coverage For Crude Oil Entities

    DENVER — An insurer filed an amended complaint in a Colorado federal court seeking a declaration that it owes no directors and officers liability coverage for underlying indemnification demands and counterclaims that directors and officers brought against their former employers and its related entities that operate a crude oil purchasing business, arguing that the business and management indemnity policy’s insured versus insured exclusion barred coverage.

  • August 15, 2023

    CGL Insurers Dispute Coverage For Claims That Insured Contributed To Opioid Crisis

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Commercial general liability insurers filed suit in a South Carolina federal court seeking a declaration that they have no duty to defend or indemnify against governmental entities’ underlying lawsuits alleging that their insured caused or contributed the opioid crises by improperly marketing, distributing and selling opioid medications.

  • August 15, 2023

    Parties Argue Tolling, Accrual Of Illegal Exaction Claim In ACA Reinsurance Cases

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a U.S. Court of Federal Claims brief opposing dismissal, 10 group health plans alleging that the government illegally exacted contributions from them under the Transitional Reinsurance Program (TRP) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) argue that their claims are timely under “tolling principles that have long been applied by this Court.”

  • August 15, 2023

    Doctor Asks 4th Circuit To Set Aside $5.5M Conditional Judgment In FCA Suit

    RICHMOND, Va. — A physician and his wife urge the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to set aside a $5.5 million consent judgment entered by a district court against them after they entered into a settlement agreement with the federal government and state of North Carolina in a suit alleging violations of the federal False Claims Act (FCA) and North Carolina False Claims Act (NCFCA), arguing, in part, that the lower court erred by dismissing their motion to set aside the judgment without a hearing.

  • August 15, 2023

    Hotel Owners Seek Dismissal Of Insurer’s Coverage Suit Over Sex-Trafficking Claims

    HOUSTON — Hotel insureds asked a federal court in Texas to dismiss a commercial general liability insurer’s lawsuit seeking a declaration that it has no duty to defend and indemnify them against an underlying lawsuit alleging that a woman was abused and molested as a minor while in the insureds’ “care, custody or control,” arguing that the insurer’s lawsuit is not ripe for consideration and that the amended complaint does not invoke the federal court’s subject matter jurisdiction.

  • August 15, 2023

    Insurer Says District Court’s Ruling On Misrepresentations Must Be Reversed

    ATLANTA — A district court’s ruling that an insurer could not demonstrate reliance upon its insureds’ fraudulent misrepresentations regarding mold damage in an insured hotel must be reversed because the district court failed to view the evidence in the insurer’s favor as the nonmoving party, an insurer argues in a cross-appeal reply brief filed in the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

  • August 14, 2023

    In Post-Trial Briefs, Parties Spar Over Nonpublic Info On Captive Reinsurer

    WILMINGTON, Del. — Post-trial briefs have been filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery in a suit over a captive reinsurer that issued dividends totaling approximately $1.2 billion, with a hedge fund arguing that it is entitled to nonpublic information under Delaware law and a public holding company asserting several contentions against that premise.

  • August 10, 2023

    Disability Plan’s Termination Of Benefits Was Arbitrary, Capricious, Claimant Says

    PORTLAND, Ore. — A disability plan’s termination of long-term disability (LTD) benefits was arbitrary and capricious because the plan’s termination was not based on substantial evidence showing that the claimant was no longer disabled from performing the duties of his own occupation as a software development engineer, the claimant says in a complaint filed in Oregon federal court.

  • August 10, 2023

    LTD Benefits Owed Under Disability Plan, Claimant Says In Complaint

    BOSTON — A disability insurer wrongfully terminated a claim for long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the claimant remains disabled from performing the duties of any occupation as required by the disability plan, the claimant contends in a complaint filed in Massachusetts federal court.

  • August 09, 2023

    Amici File Supreme Court Briefs In Support Of Insured In Marine Coverage Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three amicus curiae briefs were filed in support of an insured asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a maritime insurer’s petition for writ of certiorari that was limited to the question:  “Under federal admiralty law, can a choice of law clause in a maritime contract be rendered unenforceable if enforcement is contrary to the ‘strong public policy’ of the state whose law is displaced?”

  • August 09, 2023

    Urban Outfitters Asks 3rd Circuit To Stay Appeal Of Coronavirus Coverage Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — URBN US Retail LLC (Urban Outfitters) asked the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to stay its appeal of a lower federal court’s dismissal of its coverage lawsuit arising from the COVID-19 pandemic until the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has decided two cases that involve “the same issues of insurance law.”

  • August 08, 2023

    State Farm: AI Claims Handling Allegations Don’t Establish Fair Housing Case

    CHICAGO — Property insurance lacks sufficient connection to the sale of a home for liability under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), an insurer tells a federal judge in Illinois in urging dismissal of claims alleging that the company employs a discriminatory artificial intelligence during the claims handling process.

  • August 07, 2023

    Health System Urges Magistrate Not To Reopen ‘Long-Deceased’ FCA Suit

    NEW YORK — A state health system urged a New York federal magistrate judge not to grant a whistleblower physician’s motion to reopen a federal and state false claims act violations suit alleging fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billing by the health system, asserting that there is no evidence that the alleged misconduct “deceived the Court” in the “long-deceased” case.

  • August 07, 2023

    No Coverage Owed For Underlying PFAS Contamination Suit, Insurer Says In Complaint

    HOUSTON — No coverage is owed to an insured for an underlying suit arising out of the contamination of containers with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) because the contamination occurred prior to the effective date of a primary pollution liability policy and an environmental excess liability policy, an insured maintains in a complaint filed Aug. 4 in Texas federal court.

  • August 04, 2023

    Insurer Files 4th Suit Seeking Asbestos Settlement Reimbursement From Reinsurers

    OMAHA, Neb. — An insurer that has invoked reinsurance contracts in seeking reimbursement for a settlement it reached with Montana regarding alleged asbestos exposures has filed its fourth similar lawsuit in Nebraska federal court.

  • August 03, 2023

    Parties Make Summary Judgment Arguments In Defense Costs Row Involving Reinsurer

    DETROIT — In competing Aug. 2 summary judgment motions in Michigan federal court in a dispute over defense costs, the parties urged different interpretations of the umbrella policies the reinsurance liability follows and the reinsurer argued that collateral and judicial estoppel apply.

  • August 02, 2023

    Insured Responds To Insurer’s High Court Appeal Of Marine Coverage Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Arguing that a maritime insurer relies on “irrelevant dicta in old maritime cases that say nothing about the enforceability of choice-of-law provisions dictating that a particular state’s law will apply,” an insured asks the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the insurer’s petition for writ of certiorari that was limited to the question:  “Under federal admiralty law, can a choice of law clause in a maritime contract be rendered unenforceable if enforcement is contrary to the ‘strong public policy’ of the state whose law is displaced?”

  • August 01, 2023

    Summary Judgment On False Claims Act Counts Disputed In Crop Insurance Case

    YAKIMA, Wash. — Opposing the government’s bid for summary judgment on counts asserted under the False Claims Act (FCA), a farmer argues in Washington federal court that the crop insurance row “stems from an essential misunderstanding of facts by the Plaintiff and conflation of various entities with” his “personal involvement.”

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