In Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc., 2015 WL 5024159, (3d Cir. Aug. 26, 2015), the Court of Appeals addressed the principal question of whether under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. plan administrators must inform claimants of plan-imposed deadlines for judicial review in their… Read More

The NJ Supreme Court recently examined the amount an insurer issuing a “basic” insurance policy, which was subsequently voided for material misrepresentation in the application for insurance, must pay for a bodily injury claim of an innocent third party. In Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange v. Perez, the Court determined that under New Jersey’s compulsory system… Read More

A New York trial court dismissed an action for unfair claims practices and insurer bad faith against an insurer and a claims examiner that was brought by a third-party claimant injured in an auto accident. In Hunter v. Hereford Ins. Co., the Civil Court of Queens County held that plaintiff failed to state a cause… Read More

Under New Jersey law, commercial property owners have a duty to maintain the sidewalks abutting their properties and can be held liable for injuries occurring on those sidewalks. Residential landowners, on the other hand, do not have the same responsibilities and are immune from claims for personal injuries on residential sidewalks. In the 2011 case… Read More

On July 27, 2015, in Alden Leeds v. QBE Specialty Ins. Co., unpublished, No. A-2034-14T1 (App. 2015), the New Jersey Appellate Division rendered an important decision addressing discovery disputes between insureds and insurers over privileged documents. Alden Leeds involved a coverage dispute with QBE Specialty and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London over whether a fire… Read More