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Commentary on Insurance Coverage Litigation in New York
Posted: January 31, 2018

Insurer Not Entitled to Rely on Facts Outside Complaint to Avoid Duty to Defend

On January 18, 2018, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Don Buchwald & Assocs., Inc., Index. No. 655533/2016, holding that an insurer could not rely on “extrinsic discovery” to avoid its duty to defend. In Zurich, an insurer sought a declaratory judgment that it had “no duty to...

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Posted in Duty to Defend
Posted: January 29, 2018

Undefined Term in Policy Exclusion Not Ambiguous Where it Has a “Clear Meaning in Federal Law”

On January 22, 2018, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Beazley Ins. Co. v. ACE American Ins. Co., Case No. 16‐2812‐cv, holding that an undefined term in a policy exclusion was not ambiguous because it had a “clear meaning in federal law.” Beazley Ins. Co. is an insurance coverage action relating to investor lawsuits against NASDAQ in connection with Facebook’s IPO....

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Posted in Policy Exclusions
Posted: January 23, 2018

Generalized Request for Coverage Not Sufficient to Establish Claim Against Insurance Broker for Failure to Procure Policy Covering a Specific Risk

On December 21, 2017, the Third Department issued a decision in Cromer v. Rosenzweig Ins. Agency Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op 08926, affirming the dismissal on summary judgment of negligence and breach of contract claims against an insurance broker because the plaintiff failed to establish that the insured made a specific request for coverage that was not provided in the...

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Posted in Insurance Brokers
Posted: January 16, 2018

Court Grants Preliminary Injunction Directing Excess Insurers to Advance Defense Costs in Prosecution for Alleged Securities Fraud

On December 27, 2017, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Freedom Specialty Ins. Co. v. Platinum Mgt. (NY), LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 32728(U), granting a preliminary injunction directing three excess D&O insurers to advance defense costs for the defense of a federal securities fraud prosecution, and related civil actions. (N.B. Our firm represents one...

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Posted: January 15, 2018

New York Insurance Law Does Not Preempt Claim Against Insurer for “Deceptive Practices” under Section 349 of the General Business Law

On November 8, 2017, the Second Circuit issued a decision in Nick’s Garage, Inc. v. Progressive Casualty Ins. Co., Case No. 15-1426-cv, holding that Section 2601(a) of the New York Insurance Law, which prohibits insurers from “engag[ing] in unfair claim settlement practices,” but provides no private right of action, does not preempt a claim against an insurer for “deceptive acts...

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