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    The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling that the excess policy was triggered by settlements exhausting the primary policy. Westport Ins. Corp. v. California Cas. Management Company, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 4889 (9th Cir. Feb. 20, 2019).      Doe 1, Doe 2 and Doe 3 filed suit against the insured, Moraga School District, and three of its administrators for alleged sexual abuse by a teacher. The District was insured under primary general…
   Cross-motions for summary judgment designed to determine coverage for the Church’s collapse claim were denied. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church v. S. Must. Church Ins. Co., 2019 U. S. Dust. LEXIS 24705 (W. D. N. C. Feb. 15, 2019).     The Church sought summary judgment on its claim for bad faith, arguing that the insurer denied the claim without knowing North Xarolina law on court concurrent causation or partial collapse. The Church claimed that the…
    The Texas Supreme Court found that Lloyd’s endorsement imposing a cap on liability for a joint venture did not exclude coverage for defense costs. Anadarko Petroleum Corp. v. Houston Cas. Co. et al., 2019 Texas LEXIS 53 (Texas Jan. 25 2019j.     Pursuant to a joint venture agreement, Anadarko held a 25% ownership interest in the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico. When the well blew out, numerous third parties filed claims…
    Partial dismissal of the insured’s complaint seeking consequential damages for the insurer’s bad faith was granted by the court. Bryant v. General Cas. Co., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15369 (N.D. N.Y. Jan. 30, 2019).     Bryant purchased from General Casualty Company of Wisconsin (GCCW) a commercial property and casualty policy to cover the insured premises. While the building was rented to a tenant who operated a restaurant, it sustained a collapse. GCCW refused…
    The court determined that the non-participating insurer must reimburse the insurer who defended. Steadfast Ins. Co. v. Greenwich Ins. Co., 2019 Wisc. LEXIS 9 (Wis. Jan. 25, 2019).      Historic rains hit Milwaukee in June 2008, overwhelming the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District’s (MMSD) sewage system. Raw sewage backed up into 8,000 homes. Lawsuits were filed against MMSD and two companies who MMSD contracted with the operate and maintain the sewage system, Veolia Water…
    Reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the insurer, the Tenth Circuit found that exclusions (j) 5 and (j) 6 were ambiguous as applied to the facts of the case. MTI, Inc. v. Emplrs. Ins. Co., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 2543 (10th Cir. Jan. 25, 2019).     Western Farmers Electrical Cooperative (WFEC) owned cooling towers which were serviced by MTI, Inc. Wausau provided a CGL policy to MTI.   …
    The appellate court overturned the trial court’s dismissal of the insured’s complaint seeking consequential damages. D.K. Prop. Inc. v. Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh v, Pa., 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 329 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan. 17, 2019).      The insured’s building began to shift and exhibit structural damage, including cracks, after construction began in an adjoining building. The insured submitted a claim under its commercial insurance policy. The insurer did…
    The Appellate Division overturned a verdict for the insurer when the actual policy was never introduced at trial. Pennsylvania Lumbermens  Mut. Ins. Co. v. B&F Land Dev. Corp., 2019 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 264 (N.Y. App. Div. Jan 16, 2018).      The decedent was killed when he fell through a skylight while working on a premises owned by B&F Land Development Corporation. The estate sued B&F for wrongful death.     B&F tendered…
    The policy’s one year suit limitation provision was upheld, depriving insureds of benefits under the policy. Oswald v. South Central Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1077 (Dec. 24, 2018).      The Oswalds’ hog barn burned down on June 21, 2016. Arson was a possible cause.      The Oswalds were insured under a combination policy issued by North Star Mutual Insurance Company and South Central Mutual Insurance Company. Central provided…