Mealey's Insurance Pleadings

  • January 23, 2024

    Dismissal Stipulated In Asbestos Coverage Dispute Involving Guaranty Association

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Remaining defendant insurers stipulated to dismissal in a South Carolina federal court of cross-claims by or against two defendant insurers that were previously dismissed from a receiver’s asbestos coverage suit against insurers and the South Carolina Property and Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association.

  • January 23, 2024

    Homeowner Sues Insurer, Guaranty Association, Seeks Coverage For Hurricane Damage

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Florida homeowner sued his now-insolvent insurer and the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association (FIGA) in a Florida state court, asserting claims for breach of contract and violations of Florida law for failure to adequately cover purported losses related to Hurricane Ian.

  • January 23, 2024

    CGL Insurer Seeks Panel Rehearing Of Coverage Dispute Arising From Bodily Injuries

    CHICAGO — A commercial general liability insurer on Jan. 22 filed a petition for panel rehearing asking the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling earlier this month that held that it has a duty to defend against an underlying bodily injury lawsuit arising from a construction site accident, challenging the panel’s ruling that an operations exclusion relieves a commercial auto insurer from defending their mutual insured.

  • January 23, 2024

    Insurer Removes Insured’s Complaint Seeking Coverage For Contamination Costs

    TACOMA, Wash. — An insured alleges in an amended complaint, recently removed to Washington federal court, that its insurer breached its contract, acted in bad faith and violated Washington law by denying coverage for environmental liabilities and defense costs incurred as a result of contamination allegedly caused by the insured’s marine operations.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insured: High School Shooting Suits Seek Damages Caused By Multiple Occurrences

    PONTIAC, Mich. — A public school district insured sued its insurer in a Michigan court, seeking a declaratory judgment that underlying lawsuits arising from a high school shooting seek damages for “bodily injury” that was caused by multiple “occurrences” under the policy and, therefore, the insured is not limited to $5 million in commercial general liability and excess coverage.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insurer Asks 5th Circuit To Reconsider Affirmation Of $502,172 Bad Faith Judgment

    NEW ORLEANS — An insurer on Jan. 19 asked the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling that there was no reversible error in a jury’s conclusion that it acted in bad faith and underpaid its church insured for property damage that was caused by Hurricane Laura, challenging the panel’s ruling that affirmed the trial court’s $502,172.16 award in favor of the insured for damages, penalties and fees.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insolvent Insurers’ Owner Opposes Injunction After Ordered To Pay $576M Judgment

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The owner of insolvent insurers filed a brief in a North Carolina federal court, opposing an insurer’s motion for an injunction to prevent the owner from transferring assets after a North Carolina federal judge issued a judgment requiring the owner to pay more than $576 million pursuant to a personal guaranty for a reinsurance agreement.

  • January 22, 2024

    Insureds Failed To Show Valid Basis For N.C. High Court Review, Insurer Argues

    RALEIGH, N.C. — An insurer argued to the North Carolina Supreme Court that an appeals court’s ruling that affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a clothing retailer insured’s lawsuit seeking coverage for its losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic “presents no precedent-setting error that warrants intervention” by the North Carolina Supreme Court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Bridgebuilder, Insurer Stipulate To Dismissal Of Damage Coverage Claims

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bridgebuilder and its builders risk insurer have agreed to the dismissal with prejudice of the builder’s breach of contract and bad faith suit against the insurer; the builder last year had been granted summary judgment on the breach of contract claim after a federal judge in the District of Columbia found that the policy’s definition of “damage” includes the builder’s claim for reimbursement for repair costs necessitated by defects in the concrete of the bridge and that the insurer failed to demonstrate that any exclusions apply.

  • January 22, 2024

    Contractor, Insurer Settle Construction Defects Suit, File Stipulation Of Dismissal

    GREENBELT, Md. — A general contractor and its professional liability insurer filed a corrected stipulation of dismissal with prejudice on Jan. 18 in a Maryland federal court after reaching a settlement in the suit filed by the insured general contractor and alleging that the insurer breached its contract and acted in bad faith by failing to pay the insured for rectification expenses related to a faulty wall system installed as part of a construction project.

  • January 19, 2024

    Court Ignored Ordinary Meaning Of Physical Loss, Insureds Tell N.C. High Court

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Restaurant insureds tell the North Carolina Supreme Court that it should reverse an appeals court’s reversal of a lower court’s grant of partial summary judgment in their favor in a coronavirus coverage dispute, arguing that the phrase “physical loss or physical damage” includes loss of the physical use of property under the state’s “long-standing principles of insurance contract interpretation.”

  • January 16, 2024

    Engineer Tells 10th Circuit Insurer’s Negligence Claim Was Time-Barred

    DENVER — A Wyoming federal judge’s order granting summary judgment in an engineering firm’s favor should be affirmed, the firm tells the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an appellee brief, saying the judge correctly found that an insurer’s claim against the engineer that designed a home’s plumbing that allegedly caused water damage to the home is time-barred by the two-year statute of limitations for professional negligence claims.

  • January 12, 2024

    Insured Asserts Insurer Fraudulently Down-Coded Electrotherapy Medical Devices

    MINNEAPOLIS — The manufacturer and seller of an electrotherapy medical device sued its insurer in a Minnesota federal court for breach of contract and deceptive trade practices, alleging that the insurer has a “blanket corporate policy” of fraudulently down-coding and short-paying for the insured’s H-Wave medical devices that has resulted $1.3 million in injuries to the insured.

  • January 10, 2024

    Reinsurer Tackles Third-Party Beneficiary Theory In Cleanup Costs Coverage Row

    PADUCAH, Ky. — Arguing in part that what it calls a newly asserted third-party beneficiary theory fails as a matter of law, a reinsurer filed a reply brief on Jan. 9 urging a Kentucky federal court to grant its summary judgment motion in a dispute over pollution-related cleanup costs.

  • January 05, 2024

    Merck, Insurers Ask N.J. High Court To Dismiss Cyberattack Coverage Dispute

    TRENTON, N.J. — Merck & Co. Inc. and certain insurers filed stipulations in the New Jersey Supreme Court seeking dismissal of the insurers from Merck’s lawsuit seeking coverage for its losses arising from a June 2017 malware/cyberattack.

  • January 05, 2024

    Clothing Retailer Asks North Carolina High Court To Review COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    RALEIGH, N.C. — A clothing retailer insured petitioned the North Carolina Supreme Court to review an appeals court’s ruling that affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of its lawsuit seeking coverage for its losses arising from the coronavirus pandemic, challenging the lower courts’ reliance on North State Deli v. Cincinnati Ins. Co. in dismissing its case.

  • January 03, 2024

    Insurer Tells 5th Circuit Faulty Grain Silos Excluded From Coverage

    NEW ORLEANS — A Texas federal judge was correct to grant summary judgment after finding that an insurer had no duty to indemnify a contractor in a farmers cooperative’s underlying suit alleging defective construction of grain silos because no “property damage” occurred under the terms of the contract, the insurer tells the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an appellee brief.

  • January 03, 2024

    Professional Liability Insurer Dismisses Fraudulent Wire Transfer Coverage Dispute

    BURLINGTON, Vt. — A professional liability insurer entered a stipulation in Vermont federal court dismissing with prejudice its lawsuit disputing coverage for an underlying state court action seeking $459,411.77 from the insured for losses arising from a fraudulent wire transfer.

  • January 03, 2024

    Exclusion Bids Regarding Claims, Outside Counsel Disputed In Reinsurance Row

    LOS ANGELES — In California federal court filings, parties in a reinsurance billings suit over a variety of claims are disputing attempts by one defendant to exclude evidence regarding claims submitted to other reinsurers and opinions of outside counsel.

  • January 03, 2024

    Company Seeks To Compel Insurers To Produce Documents In AFFF Litigation

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — A company that makes firefighting products filed a motion on Jan. 2 in South Carolina federal court seeking to compel insurance companies to produce documents in a coverage dispute related to injuries from the firefighting substance aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) in the multidistrict litigation for AFFF, arguing that the insurers have refused to produce basic categories of documents that are directly related to the issues in dispute and are “plainly subject to discovery.”  The company contends that the insurers’ objections to discovery requests are not valid, especially considering that the insurers are “seeking to escape up to $1 billion in coverage.”

  • January 02, 2024

    Insurer Says Silica Exclusion Bars Coverage For Underlying Bodily Injury Suits

    SANTA ANA, Calif. — No coverage is owed for underlying silica exposure bodily injury suits filed against an insured countertop manufacturer, supplier and distributor because the insured’s policies contain a silica exclusion that bars coverage for the underlying suit, an insurer says in a complaint filed in California federal court.

  • January 02, 2024

    Exclusion, Partial Summary Judgment Bids Disputed In Microcaptive Insurance Suit

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A tax attorney and the federal government have signaled agreement to resolve the attorney’s claim for disclosure of tax information even as they pursue summary judgment and expert exclusion motions in the case involving a penalty related to microcaptive insurance companies in a Florida federal court.

  • January 02, 2024

    Alleging Unpaid Claims, Iowa-Based Insurers Sue Foreign Reinsurer

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Asserting a breach of contract claim and a bad faith claim, two members of the GuideOne family of insurance companies sued a China-based reinsurer for what they allege are its refusals to pay some valid claims for reinsurance reimbursement.

  • December 18, 2023

    Pollution Liability Insurer Says Environmental Damage Claim Is Barred From Coverage

    TRENTON, N.J. — A premises pollution liability insurer says in a motion to dismiss filed in New Jersey federal court that its insured’s breach its contract and bad faith suit must be dismissed because the policy at issue clearly excludes coverage for the environmental contamination remediation costs incurred by the insured municipality.

  • December 06, 2023

    N.J. Panel Affirms Dismissal Of Tory Burch LLC’s Coronavirus Coverage Dispute

    TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey appeals panel on Dec. 6 affirmed a lower court’s grant of an insurer’s motion to dismiss Tory Burch LLC’s breach of contract and declaratory judgment lawsuit seeking coverage for its losses arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive orders issued in response to the virus did not physically deprive the insured from possessing its property.

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