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Insurance Coverage TEAM

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“Top 10: Getting insurance coverage for your client,” The Daily Record, June 2009  More

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Insurance Coverage

Our Insurance Coverage attorneys have provided a full range of services to clients nationwide for decades. We know how to work with our clients’ risk managers when providing coverage advice and evaluating the merits of claims. We have experience in preparing and negotiating claims and, where necessary, litigating insurance coverage issues to provide protection for our clients. 

Our expertise includes issues concerning virtually all types of insurance policies and claims, including: 

  • Commercial general liability
  • Commercial property
  • Business interruption
  • Fidelity
  • Professional liability
  • Directors and officers
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Boiler and machinery
  • Additional insureds
  • Life insurance

Some of our more noteworthy coverage disputes have included:

  • Representing an engineering firm which had been sued for increased costs arising out of the construction of a major power plant. All of the client’s insurance carriers denied both defense and indemnity coverage. After settlement of the underlying suit, we sued the client’s carriers, and recovered the full amount paid to settle the underlying lawsuit (in excess of $50 million) as well as the client’s defense costs in that lawsuit.
  • Representing a major food and beverage processor whose employee had accepted kickbacks from various vendors. The employer suffered in excess of $10 million in damages due to inflated prices that had been paid to those vendors. The client’s carrier contended that the employee’s conduct constituted a single occurrence under its fidelity policy, thereby limiting coverage to $1 million.  In addition to filing separate lawsuits against the vendors, we also sued the insurance carrier. Following three weeks of trial, the carrier entered into a settlement which, together with recoveries from the vendors, made restitution to the client.
  • Representing a diversified energy company in making a claim against three insurance companies under three separate policies for the loss of underground storage gas. The energy company did not have notice of the loss of underground storage gas until ten years after it had occurred. Our attorneys prepared a proof of loss (using a complex computer model) that totaled more than $20 million. Each of the three insurance companies entered into extremely favorable settlements with the energy company.
  • Representing a major food service company which suffered millions of dollars in lost income and additional expenses after one of its products had been recalled. The client’s carrier denied coverage under its property, business income and additional expense policy, and we obtained a $21 million verdict against that carrier.
  • Representing one of the world’s largest food service and hospitality companies whose concessions and restaurants were closed by orders of the FAA and local authorities in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The client’s business interruption carriers denied coverage for the client’s lost profits, which exceeded $10 million, contending (among other things) that there is no such coverage in the absence of physical damage to, or in the vicinity of, the client’s various premises. We filed suit and thereafter entered into a very favorable settlement agreement with the carriers. It should also be noted that insurance carriers have obtained summary judgment in virtually all other lawsuits alleging similar claims in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Representing a professional football team in claims by eight injured players. The organization was required to pursue its insurer which had denied “additional insured” coverage that was evidenced by a “Certificate of Insurance.” We successfully obtained a determination of coverage that was thereafter affirmed on appeal.

Michael R. Law
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