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Michael Koblenz Quoted in The Real Deal

Partner Michael Koblenz, who represents the buyer in a real estate sale in the Hamptons, commented on the it in The Real Deal. He filed a complaint with the Department of State, alleging gross misrepresentation and exaggeration of the circumstances by the agent and...

Reinsurance Arbitration Awards—An Uphill Battle?

Maintaining Confidentiality When Petitioning for Relief in Court A long-running dispute between Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Insurance Company and one of its reinsurers, Everest Reinsurance Company, recently culminated in the unsealing of an award from an...

Downstairs Cabaret, Inc. v. Wesco Insurance Co.

Downstairs Cabaret, Inc. v. Wesco Insurance Co., 187 A.D.3d 1642 (4th Dep’t 2020) This appeal concerned whether an insurance policy includes coverage for actual loss of business income when the declarations do not contain a limit for such loss, and whether an insurer...

Mountain Valley Indemnity Co. v. Hylton

Mountain Valley Indemnity Co. v. Hylton, 2020 NY Slip Op 34347(U) (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Dec. 1, 2020) This case involved an insurance coverage dispute arising out of an underlying action for personal injuries allegedly sustained by the claimant when she tripped and fell on...

Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC v. Greenwich Insurance Co.

Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC v. Greenwich Insurance Co., Index No. 657246/2019 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Sept. 18, 2020) Nearly two years after it was sued in federal court in Maryland, the law firm Napoli Shkolnik reported the suit to its professional liability insurers, Greenwich...

Pacquette v. Tower Insurance Co.

Pacquette v. Tower Insurance Co., Index No. 5001153/19 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. May 12, 2020) The plaintiffs waited almost four years after a loss to commence an action against their insurer. Tower Insurance Company moved to dismiss the complaint on the ground that it was filed...

Pan Am Equities, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co.

Pan Am Equities, Inc. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 959 F.3d 671 (5th Cir. 2020) Lexington Insurance Company was involved in a $6.8 million Hurricane Harvey-related dispute regarding the application of a “Named Storm” deductible as opposed to a “Flood” deductible. Pan Am...

Passport Resorts LLC v. AmRisc, LLC

Passport Resorts LLC v. AmRisc, LLC, H046354, 2020 WL 4932287 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 21, 2020) Mound Cotton prevailed on an appeal of the denial of a motion to compel arbitration. The insured operated a luxury hotel in Big Sur, California. In February 2017, severe...

Stein v. National General Insurance Co.

Stein v. National General Insurance Co., 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 31814(U), 2020 WL 3124237 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. June 9, 2020) This case involved the insured’s claim for water damage to his apartment caused by a broken pipe. After he reported the claim, the insurer, National...

193 Hooper Street Condo v. Wesco Insurance Co.

193 Hooper Street Condo v. Wesco Insurance Co., No. 657266/2017, 2020 WL 228355 (N.Y.Sup. Ct. Jan 10, 2020) Pursuant to a first-party property policy, Wesco Insurance Company denied a claim for water damage to a commercial structure. Specifically, the third floor unit...

Same Virus, Different Outcomes

State and federal courts across the country are grappling with insurance coverage litigation, as insureds who suffered business losses due to government-mandated shutdowns look to their property insurers for relief. These cases present the following key issue for...

200 Court Street LLC v. Wesco

200 Court Street LLC v. Wesco Ins. Co., 2019 WL 3207539, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 31945(U) (Queens Co. Sup. Ct. May 20, 2019) This case involved a first-party property insurance dispute in which Wesco Insurance Company denied a claim for wind damage to the façade/roof of a...

2416 Newkirk v. Wesco

2416 Newkirk v. Wesco Ins. Co., Kings Co. Index No. 502342 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. Feb. 28, 2019) This case involved insurance claims for a theft that took place in an apartment located at 2416 Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, and a separate claim for costs associated with...

An-Jung v. Rower LLC

An-Jung v. Rower LLC, Index No. 152694/18 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. 2018), rev’d 173 A.D.3d 488 (1st Dep’t 2019) In this negligence and breach of contract action, plaintiff sought damages arising out of alleged excessive and improper billing by defendants over the course...

Bronx 13 Properties LLC v. Wesco

Bronx 13 Properties LLC v. Wesco Ins. Co., Index No. 161411/2015 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. Apr. 4, 2019) In this case the insured landlord sought coverage for the collapse of a bathroom floor that allegedly caused damage to several other floors of an apartment building....

Canale v. Castlepoint

Canale v. Castlepoint Ins. Co., 64 Misc.3d 1208(A), 116 N.Y.S.3d 861 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2019) This case involved a first-party property insurance dispute in which Castlepoint Insurance Company denied a claim for fire damage to a dwelling configured as multiple single-room...

CLMS Management v. Amwins

CLMS Mgmt. Servs. Ltd. P’ship v. Amwins Brokerage of Georgia, LLC, No. 3:19-CV-05785-RBL, 2019 WL 7185547 (W.D. Wash. Dec. 26, 2019) This case concerned the enforcement of an arbitration clause in an insurance policy. The insured, a Washington entity, filed suit in...

Croxton-Narain v. Sterling & Sterling

Croxton-Narain v. Sterling & Sterling, Inc., No. B285240, 2019 WL 1069601 (Cal. Ct. App. Mar. 6, 2019) Plaintiff worked as an executive account assistant for defendant. She suffered an Ischemic attack and missed over a month of work, prior to being returned to her...

Danino v. Great American

Danino v. Fairmont Insurance Brokers, Index No. 157059/2018 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. Sept. 6, 2019) This litigation involved a first-party property insurance claim for interior water damage. The applicable policy allowed the broker to add properties if they met certain...

Eubanks v. NYPIUA

Eubanks v. New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association, Kings Co. Index No. 523461/2017 (NY Sup. Ct. Kings Co. 2019). Plaintiff brought a motion to dismiss two affirmative defenses asserted by New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association in its...

Federal v. Anderson

Fed. Ins. Co. v. Anderson, No. 18-CV-06920-JST, 2019 WL 8128570 (N.D. Cal. Sept. 27, 2019) In this case, the insurer successfully moved to compel an appraisal to establish disputed valuations under its insurance policy. The insureds had purchased a luxury home...

Georgoulis & Associates v. Air Seal

Georgoulis & Associates, PLLC v. Air Seal Insulation Systems, Inc. and Boorom Facilities Solutions, LLC, Case No. 51983/12, N.Y. Sup. Ct., N.Y. Co. (May 8, 2019) A New York trial court dismissed all claims against CNC Coatings Corp. i/s/h/a Air Seal Insulations...

Gold Coast v. Underwriters

Gold Coast Prop. Mgmt. Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, No. 18-CV-23693, 2019 WL 2482058, (S.D. Fla. June 14, 2019), appeal dismissed sub nom. Gold Coast Prop. Mgmt., Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London, No. 19-12720-EE, 2019 WL 5328821...

Gonzalez v. Archer Daniels Midland

Gonzalez v. Archer Daniels Midland Co., No. CUM-L-228-19 (N.J. Super. Ct., Law Div. Nov. 19, 2019) In this products liability action, plaintiff sought to hold Stephan Machinery liable under the New Jersey Product Liability Act, N.J.S.A 2A:58C-1 to -11, for personal...

Great American v. L. Knife & Son

Great American Ins. Co. of NY v. L. Knife & Son, Inc., No. 157164/2013, 2019 WL 529276 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Feb. 11, 2019) In granting Great American Insurance Company’s motion to dismiss L. Knife’s counterclaims for attorneys’ fees and other extra-contractual damages,...

Integon v. Chen

Integon Nat’l Ins. Co. v. Chen, 2019 WL 462854, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 30286(U) (New York Co. Sup. Ct. Feb 6, 2019) This case involved a third-party liability insurance dispute in which the insureds argued they were entitled to defense and indemnity under their policy for...

Inwood Security v. Wesco

Inwood Security Inc. v. Wesco Ins. Co., Index No. 30443/2017E (Bronx Co. Sup. Ct. Apr. 15, 2019) In this property insurance dispute, while the insured and insurer resided in New York County, and the loss allegedly occurred in New York County, the insured commenced...

Joseph v. NYPIUA

Joseph v. New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association, Index. No. 21862/2015 (NY Sup. Ct. Suffolk Co. 2019) The court granted New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association’sw  summary judgment on an alleged vandalism claim filed by a homeowner. The...

Lamonica v. Hartford

Lamonica v. Hartford Ins. Co. of the Midwest, No. 5:19CV78-RH-MJF, 2019 WL 8063350, (N.D. Fla. Nov. 27, 2019) This case concerned a claim for damage to a residential property as a result of Hurricane Michael in October 2018. Hartford Insurance Company of the Midwest...

Luna v. Ponce Funeral Homes

Luna v. Ponce Funeral Homes, Inc., 176 A.D.3d 1193 (2019) This case concerned an action for damages for breach of contract and negligence against a funeral home as the result of alleged mishandling of the remains of the plaintiff’s deceased spouse. The defendant...

Peter Max v. Great American

Peter Max v. Great American Security Insurance Company, No. BER-L-7136-18 (N.J. Super. Ct., Law Div., May 21, 2019) In this summary action, the insureds sought judicial review of the terms of an appraisal award that established the amount of loss they sustained as a...

Micle v. MIC

Micle v. MIC Gen. Ins. Corp., 2019 WL 1532685, 2019 NY Slip Op 30840(U) (Queens Co. Sup. Ct. Feb 6, 2019) This case involved a first-party property insurance dispute in which the insurer denied a claim for fire damage to a three-family dwelling. The policy’s...

New Lahori Kabab v. 122-24 Lexington Ave

New Lahori Kabab Inc. v. 122-24 Lexington Ave. Corp., N.Y. Index 653083/2017 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. January 24, 2019) This case involved the insureds’ claim for property damage to their restaurant under a commercial general liability policy issued by Wesco Insurance...

Niagara Bottling v. Zurich

Niagara Bottling, LLC v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., No. EDCV19113PAKKX, 2019 WL 6729756 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 5, 2019) This suit arose out of Niagara’s $20 million loss from its recall and destruction of bottled water after a test at the water’s source came back positive for...

Park Shore v. General Security

Park Shore Resort Condominium Association, Inc. v. General Security Insurance Company of Arizona, 2:19-cv-125-Ftm-38MRM (M.D. Fla. May 8, 2019) This matter concerned an arbitration regarding a multi-story condominium resort in Naples. While the insured’s public...

Pars Bronx v. Wesco

Pars Bronx Realty, LLC v. Wesco Ins. Co., Index No. 450191/2017 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. June 20, 2019) In this dispute involving a commercial building, the insured sought $2.5 million for property damage and $2.5 million for bad faith. Wesco Insurance Company argued...

Bylykbashi v. Public Service

Bylykbashi v. Public Service Ins. Co., Docket No. 16-6071062 (Conn. Sup. Ct., June 3, 2019) Plaintiff sought $200,000 in damages based on his allegation that the insured premises sustained water damage as a result of roof leaks. Public Service Insurance Company...

The S.O. Beach v. Great American

The S.O. Beach Corp. v. Great American Insurance Company of New York, 791 Fed. Appx. 106 (11th Cir. Oct. 31, 2019) In this case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to Great American Insurance...

V & D Properties v. Security National

V & D Properties, LLC v. Security National Ins. Co., Index EFC-2017-1805 (Oswego Co. Sup. Ct. June 7, 2019) This case involved an insurance claim for water damage that occurred in a commercial building located in Oswego, New York, caused by an overflowing floor...

Valdiviezo v. Tower

Valdiviezo v. Tower Ins. Co. of NY, Index No. 150596/2017 (New York Co. Sup. Ct., July 5, 2019). This case involved a first-party property insurance dispute in which the insurer denied a claim for fire damage to a multi-family building. The policy at issue identified...

Weiss v. John Hancock

Samuel Weiss as Trustee of the Agi Weiss Insurance Trust v. John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York, Index No. 035397/2014 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Rockland Cty, Feb. 14, 2019) In this case, the owner of an $8 million life insurance policy brought a declaratory...

Orloff v. AmTrust

Orloff v. AmTrust Financial, Index No. CV-032757-18/K1 (Kings Co. Sup. Ct. Feb. 13, 2019); Wesco Ins. Co. v. King & Associates, Index No. 650212 (New York Co. Sup. Ct. Aug. 20, 2019) Plaintiff Jason Orloff brought an action for breach of contract due to the...

West Hudson v. Chubb

West Hudson Sub Acute Care Center, LLC v. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies and Federal Insurance Company, No. HUD-L-2042-17 (N.J. Super. Ct., Law Div., Oct. 17, 2019) In this case, the court granted summary judgment in favor of Federal Insurance Company, finding no...

White Eagle v. Amrisc

White Eagle Prop. Grp., LLC v. Amrisc, LLC, No. 619CV335ORL31DCI, 2019 WL 2337005 (M.D. Fla. June 3, 2019) This matter involved the arbitration of a claim for alleged damage to a residential rental complex in Winter Springs, Florida caused by Hurricane Irma.  The...

William v. NYPIUA

Williams v. New York Property Insurance Underwriting Association, New York Co. Index No. 151083/2014 (NY Sup. Ct. New York Co. 2019) This case involved the failure of the insured to allow an inspection of his premises. The insured requested an increase in coverage and...

Williams v. Waypoint

Williams v. Waypoint Resource Group, LLC, No. 18CV4921ARRRML, 2019 WL 1368998 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 26, 2019) In this class action lawsuit filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, plaintiff alleged that a debt collection letter sent to her violated the act because...

When The Damage Is Done

Let’s say an instant oatmeal product incorporates a dried milk ingredient that has been manufactured in a facility with unsanitary conditions and that the milk ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella as a result.  The instant oatmeal product then becomes...

The “Matching” Problem

Suppose a pipe bursts in a hotel, causing water damage to an entire floor, and requiring the replacement of that floor’s carpeting.  As it turns out, however, that style and pattern of carpeting is no longer available anywhere.  The hotel insists that its interior...

In Defense Of Bill Cosby

If only Clair Huxtable, Esq. were willing to take on Cliff Huxtable’s cases pro bono, maybe William “Bill” Cosby could have avoided the extended legal battle with American International Group, Inc. (“AIG”) over whether it was obligated to defend Mr. Cosby in three...

Is My Amazon Echo Spying On My Clients?

By Brenda K. Dorsett and Barry R. Temkin* Is my Amazon Alexa spying on me?  Recent years have witnessed the growth and proliferation of voice-activated virtual assistants like the Amazon Echo, with its digital assistant Alexa, Google Home, and Apple Home Pod, which...