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  • May 20, 2024

    5th Circuit Refuses To Rehear Dispute Over $1M Settlement Of Canceled Music Festival

    NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied an insurer’s petition to reconsider its reversal of a lower federal court’s summary judgment ruling in its favor in the insured’s lawsuit seeking coverage for an underlying $1 million class action settlement arising from the insured’s refusal to refund ticket sales for the South by Southwest festival that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, refusing to disturb its finding that the policy’s contract and professional services exclusions do not bar coverage.

  • May 20, 2024

    Massachusetts Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Restaurants’ Coronavirus Coverage Suit

    BOSTON — A Massachusetts appellate panel on May 20 affirmed a lower court’s grant of an insurer’s motion to dismiss a coverage lawsuit arising from the coronavirus pandemic, concluding that the restaurant insureds failed to demonstrate that the coronavirus physically altered or affected their insured property in any way.

  • May 20, 2024

    U.S. High Court Denies Insurer’s Certiorari Petition In Arbitration Dispute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 20 denied a commercial property insurer’s petition for writ of certiorari seeking review of the Alabama Supreme Court’s dismissal of its appeal of a lower court’s order denying its motion to invoke the policy’s appraisal procedure in a Hurricane Sally coverage dispute.

  • May 16, 2024

    Panel Amends Opinion After Insureds Seek Clarification In COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    SAN FRANCISCO — The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 15 filed an amended memorandum indicating that its reversal of a lower federal court’s denial of leave to amend a claim under an insurance policy’s Crisis Event provision applied to two sets of insureds in a coronavirus coverage dispute.

  • May 16, 2024

    Judge Cleans Up Docket, Closes Hurricane Coverage Suit Against Insolvent Insurer

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana federal judge on May 15 issued an order administratively closing a homeowner’s breach of contract and bad faith suit over Hurricane Laura damage after the case had been stayed for almost a year due to the insurer’s insolvency, finding that “[n]early four years have passed since Hurricane Laura and the court wishes to clean up its docket.”

  • May 15, 2024

    New Jersey Panel Reverses Ruling In Insurer’s Favor In Storm Damage Dispute

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appeals court reversed a lower court’s summary judgment ruling in favor of an insurer in an insured’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit arising from storm damage claim, concluding that a construction company’s invoices sufficiently established a prima facie showing of disputed facts as to how much property damage was “causally related” to a fallen tree limb, preventing summary judgment.

  • May 15, 2024

    Coverage For Water Damages Limited To $10K Under Homeowners Policy, Panel Says

    HOUSTON — No additional coverage is owed under a homeowners policy for water damages caused by water pipes that burst as a result of power outages and freezing temperatures in the wake of Winter Storm Uri in Texas because the policy’s water damage endorsement clearly limits coverage under the policy to $10,000, the First District Texas Court of Appeals said May 14 in affirming a trial court’s ruling on breach of contract and extracontractual claims.

  • May 14, 2024

    Ohio Panel: No Coverage Owed For Settlement Of Claims Insured Financed Terrorists

    CINCINNATI — An Ohio appeals panel held that a lower court correctly granted summary judgment in favor of insurers in their lawsuit seeking a declaration that they have no duty to indemnify their mutual insured against an underlying settlement of a lawsuit alleging that it illegally financed terrorist groups in the Republic of Colombia.

  • May 13, 2024

    Judgment Granted For Guaranty Association In Bad Faith Suit Over Hurricane Damage

    LAFAYETTE, La. — A Louisiana federal judge granted the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty’s (LIGA) motion for summary judgment in a bad faith and breach of contract suit filed against a now-insolvent homeowners insurer over purported hurricane damage, finding that LIGA, which was substituted as a defendant for the insurer after it became insolvent, established that it was prejudiced by a lack of notice regarding the alleged damage.

  • May 10, 2024

    3rd Circuit Denies Ralph Lauren’s Motions To Remand Coronavirus Coverage Suit

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 9 denied Ralph Lauren Corp.’s motions seeking to vacate and remand a New Jersey federal court’s ruling in favor of its insurer in a coronavirus coverage dispute.

  • May 08, 2024

    Insurer Establishes Jurisdiction, Panel Says, Reverses Ruling In Storm Damage Suit

    NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 7 reversed a lower federal court’s judgment dismissing an insurer’s petition to appoint an umpire for lack of diversity jurisdiction and remanded the case for the lower court to consider the insured’s additional subject matter jurisdiction arguments, finding that the insurer’s petition establishes an amount in controversy of more than $75,000.

  • May 07, 2024

    Insurer’s Unopposed Motion To Compel Arbitration Granted In Hurricane Ida Dispute

    NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in Louisiana granted an insurer’s motion to compel arbitration and stay a skilled nursing facility insured’s breach of contract and bad faith lawsuit seeking coverage for Hurricane Ida damage, ordering the parties to arbitrate the claims in accordance with the policy’s arbitration provision.

  • May 06, 2024

    5th Circuit Affirms Rulings In Insurer’s Favor In Suit Over Hailstorm Damage

    NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on May 3 affirmed a lower federal court’s ruling in favor of an insurer in a breach of contract and bad faith coverage dispute arising from hailstorm damage, finding that the lower court “correctly identified and applied governing law” in denying the insureds’ breach of contract, extracontractual and additional attorney fee claims and dismissing as moot their claim under the Texas Prompt Payment Claim Act.

  • May 06, 2024

    Iowa Majority Reverses No Coverage Ruling In Suit Arising From Derecho Damage

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A majority of the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling in favor of an insurer in a breach of contract lawsuit seeking coverage under a force-placed insurance policy for property damage caused by a derecho, finding that the plaintiff is an intended third-party beneficiary under the policy because the contract manifested an intent to benefit him.

  • May 03, 2024

    Louisiana Panel Affirms Ruling In Suit Arising From Hurricanes Laura, Delta

    LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana appeals panel affirmed a lower court’s ruling in favor of  a church, its attorneys and its property insurer in a pro se litigant’s lawsuit alleging that they settled a hurricanes Laura and Delta property damage action in bad faith, finding that the lower court did not abuse its discretion in denying the appellant’s motion to recuse.

  • May 03, 2024

    Georgia Panel Affirms Directed Verdict In Insurer’s Favor In Storm Damage Dispute

    ATLANTA — A Georgia appeals court affirmed a lower court’s directed verdict in favor of a homeowners insurer in a breach of contract lawsuit arising from storm damage, finding that the state high court’s ruling in White v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. supports its reading of the insurance policy and forecloses the insureds’ assertion that their policy included a “broadly applicable two-year suit limitation as a matter of law.”

  • May 03, 2024

    Insureds Defend Their Appeal To N.C. Supreme Court In Coronavirus Coverage Suit

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Restaurant insureds defended their appeal asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court’s reversal of a lower court’s grant of partial summary judgment in their favor in a COVID-19 coverage dispute, asserting that a “careful examination makes clear that its policy as interpreted under North Carolina’s specific laws provides coverage for its losses.

  • May 03, 2024

    Judge: Insured’s Attachments To Complaint Contradict Physical Dispossession Claims

    CHICAGO — A federal judge in Illinois granted an insurer’s motion to dismiss an insured’s lawsuit alleging that the insurer wrongfully denied coverage for losses that its predecessor-in-interest incurred from governmental shutdown orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, finding that the insured’s physical dispossession allegations are contradicted by its own attachments to its complaint that demonstrated that the shutdown orders did not completely bar employees from accessing the company’s facilities.

  • May 01, 2024

    10th Circuit: Insurer’s Coverage Denial For Steel Collapse Not In Bad Faith

    DENVER — A 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 30 affirmed a Wyoming federal judge’s finding that a building owner insured is owed no coverage under an insurance policy’s additional abrupt collapse coverage, finding that the building owner did not show that the insurer or its claims service manager acted in bad faith.

  • April 30, 2024

    Policy Limit Paid For Hurricane Damage; Breach Of Contract, Bad Faith Claims Fail

    NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana federal judge on April 29 granted a homeowners insurer’s motion to dismiss breach of contract and bad faith claims brought by an insured whose home was damaged during Hurricane Ida because the insurer paid the policy limits owed to the insured and the insured failed to include any facts in support of the claims.

  • April 30, 2024

    Jury Finds Insurer Violated Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act In Irma Suit

    MIAMI — A Florida federal jury held that a homeowners insurer did not act in bad faith but that it did violate Florida’s Unfair Claim Settlement Practices Act in a coverage dispute over property damage to a 28,000-square-foot ocean-front home caused by Hurricane Irma.

  • April 26, 2024

    Insurer Seeks Texas High Court Review Of Majority’s Reversal In Tornado Dispute

    AUSTIN, Texas — A homeowners insurer asked the Texas Supreme Court to review a Texas appellate court majority’s reversal of a lower court’s judgment against insureds in a coverage dispute arising from tornado damage, challenging the majority’s conclusion that the term “windstorm” in the policy’s “Windstorm or Hail Deductible” is ambiguous and that the insureds’ construction of it was not unreasonable.

  • April 24, 2024

    3rd Circuit Lifts Stay In Ralph Lauren’s Appeal Of Coronavirus Coverage Dispute

    PHILADELPHIA — The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued an order lifting a stay of Ralph Lauren Corp.’s appeal of a New Jersey federal court’s ruling in favor of its insurer in a coronavirus coverage dispute, referring the insured’s motion to vacate and remand to the motions panel.

  • April 24, 2024

    Following Texas High Court’s Answer, Panel Affirms Judgment In Favor Of Insurer

    NEW ORLEANS — The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held that it is required to affirm a lower federal court’s judgment in favor of an insurer in an insured’s lawsuit alleging that the insurer violated the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (TPPCA) following the Texas Supreme Court’s answer “yes” to a certified question in finding that the TPPCA prohibited the insured from recovering attorney fees because the insurer voluntarily paid the full appraisal award for the insured’s tornado damage plus any statutory interest.

  • April 23, 2024

    D.C. Panel Affirms No-Coverage Ruling For Restaurants’ Losses Arising From Pandemic

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia appeals court affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit brought by 10 restaurants and bars seeking coverage for their lost business income arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that the virus did not cause a tangible change or alteration to the insureds’ property to establish “direct physical loss or damage” to trigger coverage.

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