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SDV Amicus Brief Contributes to Policyholder-Friendly Outcome

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently relied on an SDV amicus brief to decide a case favorable to policyholders. In Amberleigh Hudson v. GEICO Insurance Agency, 2017 WL 2622777 (R.I. June 16, 2017), the Court held that an automobile passenger was still "occupying" the vehicle for purposes of uninsured motorist coverage after exiting the vehicle to help an accident victim.

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Insurer Appeals Dismissal of Subrogation Claim Against Freight Carrier

An insurer of a pharmaceutical company is appealing a New Jersey District Court's dismissal of its subrogation claim against a freight carrier that was transporting a $9 million pharmaceutical shipment when it was stolen.

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State Supreme Court Cases Highlight Importance of Wording in Earth Movement Exclusions

In Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company v. Chaber, the West Virginia Supreme Court recently held that an insurance policy's earth movement exclusion was unambiguous and applied to both manmade and natural earth movement. The Court also found that a narrow "ensuing loss" exception to the exclusion that provided coverage for glass breakage resulting from earth movement could not be extended to cover the entire loss.

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New York Court of Appeals Finds a Proximate Cause Standard in Additional Insured Endorsements

In The Burlington Insurance Company v. NYC Transit Authority, et al., No. 2016-00096, the New York Court of Appeals issued a landmark decision with regard to the meaning of "caused, in whole or in part, by" in the additional insured context.

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District of Oregon Predicts Oregon's Place in "Plain Meaning" Pollution Camp

The Federal District Court for the District of Oregon recently decided that Carbon Monoxide constitutes a pollutant within the meaning of a pollution exclusion in a Commercial General Liability ("CGL") policy.

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California Governor Signs SB 496 Amending California's Anti-Indemnity Statute

The bill amends Cal. Civ. Code 2782.8 as it applies to indemnity agreements with design professionals. The pre-existing 2782.8 prohibited public agencies from requiring indemnity from design professionals for anything other than claims arising out of, pertaining to, or relating to the negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct of the design professional.

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AIA Releases New Insurance Exhibit

The American Institute of Architects ("AIA") released the latest revisions to its form construction contract documents at the AIA's National Conference on April 27-29, 2017.

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The First Department of New York's Appellate Division Enforces a Manuscript "Other Insurance Endorsement" Drafted with Assistance from SDV

On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department issued HDI-Gerling Am. Ins. Co., et al., v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., and Skanska USA Civil Northeast, No. 3095- 3095A, 2017 WL 1013645 (N.Y. App. Div. Mar. 16, 2017). This case involved a priority of coverage dispute between two contractors, Skanska USA Civil Northeast ("Skanska") and Siemens Corp. ("Siemens"), and their respective insurance carriers.

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Washington Supreme Court Issues Groundbreaking Pro-Policyholder Pollution Decision

The Washington Supreme Court recently extended the efficient proximate cause doctrine - commonplace in first-party insurance - to a commercial general liability ("CGL") pollution claim.

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As Uncertainty Looms Post-Brexit, London Market Group Publishes Recommendations to UK Government

On March 29, 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which gives any member of the EU the right to leave. The UK has the next two years to negotiate an exit deal, which means that, barring any extensions, the UK will officially leave the EU by April of 2019.

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