In Alpizar-Fallas v. Favero, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit examined a putative class action arising from an automobile accident allegedly resulting in injuries. Both the injured party and the other driver were insured by the same company. On the day after the accident, the injured party was contacted by a… Read More


In Ruffa v. Ruffa, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court examined an insurance coverage dispute arising from an accident involving a box truck. The defendant purchased the box truck for his catering business. The truck included a hydraulic lift. A warning printed on the lift directed that individuals should not ride on… Read More


In Riconda v. Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc., the Supreme Court of Suffolk County, New York examined a motion to set aside a $2.8 million verdict entered against a directors & officers insurer in a coverage dispute. The litigation concerned the sale of a corporation in which the purchase price was never paid, and the purchasing… Read More


In Starner v. Haemmerle, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court considered an action arising from an accident involving an all-terrain vehicle driven on a public road by a fourteen-year old girl, who drove the vehicle with the permission of its adult owner. The ATV flipped, injuring one of the passengers. As the… Read More


In Legos v. Travelers Cas. Co. of Conn., the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania examined an underinsured motorist insurance claim arising from a 2003 automobile accident. The injured party filed a writ of summons against the other driver in 2005, followed by a lawsuit in 2006. Shortly thereafter, the injured… Read More


In The State-Operated School District of the City of Paterson v. American Alternative Ins. Co., the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division examined allegations of misrepresentation by a transportation company retained by a school district to transport its students. The school district solicited bids for companies to provide transportation, noting in its bid specifications that… Read More


In Tuscarora Wayne Ins. Co. v. Hebron, Inc., the Pennsylvania Superior Court reviewed a declaratory judgment action brought by a commercial general liability insurer regarding an incident at the insured’s vehicle dismantling facility. While one of the policyholder’s employees was fueling a flatbed truck, a fire started that caused damage to the facility, as well… Read More


In Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. Selective Ins. Co. of America, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania considered a demand for defense and indemnification of a lawsuit concerning an accident at a shopping center. An employee of a tenant was seriously injured after falling on a purportedly defective sidewalk outside… Read More


In Smerdon v. Geico Cas. Co., the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania examined an automobile insurer’s denial of an uninsured motorist claim. The claim concerned injuries sustained by the policyholder when she attempted to apprehend a robber of a store. Along with several other individuals, the policyholder chased the robber… Read More


In Pacificare Life and Health Ins. Co. v. Jones, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District reversed a trial court decision enjoining three recent regulations enacted by the California Insurance Commissioner with regard to the unfair claims settlement provisions of the state’s Unfair Insurance Practices Act. The first regulation at issue stated that… Read More