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Posted: October 29, 2020

Insurer Had No Duty to Defend Complaint Alleging Intentional Assault Despite Conclusory Allegations of Negligence

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On August 20, 2020, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Scalzo v. Central Co-op. Ins. Co., 2020 NY Slip Op 04639, holding that an intentional assault was excluded from coverage under a liability policy, despite conclusory language in the complaint asserting a negligence claim in the alternative. The plaintiff in the underlying...

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Posted: October 26, 2020

North Carolina Judge Grants Summary Judgment to Restaurant Owners on Claim for COVID-19 Business Interruption Losses

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On October 7, 2020, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Orlando F. Hudson, Jr. handed down an important victory for policyholders seeking business interruption insurance for losses arising from closures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In North State Deli, LLC v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co., Case No. 20-CVS-02569, Judge Hudson granted summary judgment to...

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Posted: September 23, 2020

CGL Insurer Had No Duty to Defend Where Undisputed Facts Showed Policy Exclusion Applied

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On September 16, 2020, Judge Failla of the SDNY issued a decision in Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. Streb, Inc., Case No. 19-CV-366 (KFP), ruling that a CGL carrier had no duty to defend a personal injury action because undisputed “extrinsic evidence” (i.e., facts not alleged in the complaint) conclusively established that an...

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Posted: August 14, 2020

Federal Court Allows Business Interruption Claims for COVID-19 Losses to Proceed

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On August 12, 2020, United States District Judge Stephen Bough of the Western District of Missouri issued an important decision for policyholders seeking business interruption insurance for losses arising from closures relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Studio 417, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., Case No. 20-cv-03127-SRB (W.D. Mo.), Judge Bough ruled that...

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Posted: April 21, 2020

Second Circuit Certifies Question to Court of Appeals: Can a Discrimination Claim Based on a “Failure to Accommodate” Constitute a Covered “Occurrence” Under a CGL Policy?

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On April 9, 2020, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Brooklyn Center of Psychotherapy, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., Docket No. 19-2266-cv, certifying the following question to the New York Court of Appeals:  Can a discrimination claim based on a “failure to accommodate” theory trigger coverage under a general commercial liability...

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Posted: April 14, 2020

Court of Appeals Grants Leave to Appeal on CGL Carrier’s Duty to Indemnify Brokerage Firm for Disgorgement Payment to SEC

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On March 26, 2020, the New York Court of Appeals granted leave to appeal from the First Department’s decision in J.P. Morgan Sec., Inc. v. Vigilant Ins. Co.,126 A.D.3d 76 (1st Dep’t 2018), which held that that a disgorgement payment made as part of the settlement of an SEC enforcement action was a...

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Posted: March 30, 2020

Coronavirus and Business Interruption Claims: A Guide to Insurance Coverage for Business Losses Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner Readers of this blog may be interested in my new article:  Coronavirus and Business Interruption Claims: A Guide to Insurance Coverage for Business Losses Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic, which is available here. Business interruption insurance can provide much-needed coverage for businesses experiencing sudden losses of revenue in the wake of the Coronavirus...

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Posted: February 25, 2020

CGL Policy’s IP Exclusion Bars Defense Coverage Despite Absence of “Direct Claims for IP Relief” in Complaint

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On February 7, 2020, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Lepore v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., Case No. 19‐778‐cv, holding that a CGL policy exclusion for any suit alleging “an infringement or violation of any intellectual property right” was triggered even though the underlying complaint did not contain a direct IP-infringement claim....

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Posted: February 19, 2020

Courts Grants Preliminary Injunction Directing D&O Insurer to Advance Costs for Defense of Civil Fraud Action

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On February 3, 2020, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Alexander v. Starr Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 2020 NY Slip Op 30297(U), granting a preliminary injunction directing a D&O insurer to advance defense costs to a former corporate officer for an investor lawsuit alleging fraudulent inducement....

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Posted: February 11, 2020

Property Owner Entitled to Additional Insured Coverage Under Contractor’s CGL Policy Despite No Proof of Negligence by Contractor

Posted by Bradley J. Nash, Litigation Partner On December 26, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. State Nat’l Ins. Co., 2019 NY Slip Op 09399, holding that a property owner was entitled to coverage for a personal injury lawsuit as an additional insured under a contractor’s CGL Policy, even though the injuries were...

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