Key Decisions

Our attorneys collectively have represented national and regional insurers in over 50 appellate matters presented to state and federal appellate courts on issues affecting the interpretation of insurance policies and insurer claim handling.

Liability

NIC Ins. Co. v. First Financial Inc. Co. (2010) 2010 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 8699. Affirmed summary judgment for general contractor’s insurer against sub-contractor’s insurer, notwithstanding rescission of general contractor’s policy after defense costs were incurred; general contractor’s insurer entitled to equitable contribution of defense fees and costs on “equal shares” method, based upon the […]

Property

Singh v. Western World Ins. Co. (2011) (Unpublished Decision). Prevailed before California Court of Appeals in establishing a corporate assignee cannot prosecute lawsuit on an insurance claim belonging to suspended corporation where notice of assignment given after corporate suspension, and judiciary cannot create public policy exception to unambiguous statutory language. Lake Avenue Church v. Atlantic […]

Errors & Omissions

Keown v. Tudor Ins. Co. (2012) Haw. App. LEXIS 1078. Prevailed before Hawaii Court of Appeal in establishing policy’s business enterprise exclusion eliminated duty to defend malpractice action brought by real estate buyer when policyholder was volunteer director of another co-buyer. Flanigan v. Tudor Ins. Co. (2009) (Unpublished Decision). Prevailed before California Court of Appeals in establishing that […]