The Evolving Impact of Burlington v. NYC Transit: In New York, is Proximate Causation Necessary to Trigger the Duty to Defend an Additional Insured?

In previous blog posts this year, and to keep up with how courts are interpreting the New York Court of Appeals 2017 decision in Burlington Ins. Co. v. NYC Transit Auth., 29 N.Y.3d 313 (2017), we discussed the trial court’s decision in M & M Realty of New York, LLC v. Burlington Ins. Co. and the First Department’s reversal in the same case. Recently, a New York Supreme Court Judge decided American Empire Surplus Lines Ins. Co. v. Arch Specialty Ins., No. 655234/2018, …

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Trial Court Judge Erred in Requiring Insurer to Produce Claim Files in Bad Faith Lawsuit

The South Dakota Supreme Court found that an insurer did not waive its attorney-client privilege and, thus, was not required to produce 200 unredacted workers’ compensation claim files in a bad faith lawsuit. The Supreme Court found that the trial court judge erred in allowing the evidence in by not conducting an in camera inspection of the files before finding that the insurer had implicitly waived its attorney-client privilege regard its claim files.

This case involved a policyholder that sued his employer and the workers’ …

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Indiana Supreme Court Addresses Monetary Threshold for Secondary Liability in Workers Compensation Case

In Young v. Hood’s Gardens, Inc. 2015 Ind. LEXIS 46 (Jan. 22, 2015), the Indiana Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling granting summary judgment to a business owner who had sought a declaration that it was not required to pay workers compensation benefits to the employee of a contractor it had hired for certain tree removal services.

Hood’s Gardens, Inc., contracted with Discount Tree Extraction to remove a tree at Hood’s place of business.  Discount orally quoted a price of $600 for the work, …

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