• Dewey Beach Enter., Inc. v. Drass Ins. Agency, Inc.

    Publication Date: 2021-06-02
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Construction | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Butler
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Neil R. Lapinski, Phillip A. Giordano, Gordon, Fournaris & Mammarella, P.A., Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Susan List Hauske, Tybout, Redfearn & Pell, Wilmington, DE; Kimberly M. Jones, Christian M. Gunneson, Wood, Smith Henning & Berman, LLP, Tampa, FL for defendant.

    Case Number: D69415

    Insurers were not entitled to dismiss or stay action seeking declaration of coverage for triggering loss under insurers' policy based solely on insurers' claim of continuing to investigate the claim.

  • Galarza v. Olmstead

    Publication Date: 2021-05-05
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Butler
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jonathan B. O’Neill, Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill, P.A., Christiana, DE for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: Amy M. Taylor, Heckler & Frabizzio, Wilmington, DE; Ronald M. Ransom, Casarino Christman Shalk Ran-som & Doss, P.A., Wilmington, DE for defendants.

    Case Number: D69385

    Where a driver had been excluded from coverage under a policy, injured family members could not recover under the uninsured motorist provisions of the policy.

  • Henry v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2021-05-05
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry:
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Rocanelli
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Elisa A. Greenberg, Austin & Mondell, P.A. for Horizon Services, Inc. and Eastern Alliance Ins. Co. Jona-than B. O’Neill, Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill, P.A. for plaintiffs.
    for defendant: William A. Crawford, Franklin & Prokopik for defendant The Cincinnati Ins Co. Patrick G. Rock, Heckler & Fabrizzio for defendant State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. Co.

    Case Number: D69388

    The court denied a motion to intervene by a workers' compensation carrier because it did not have a right to assert its lien against plaintiff's underinsured motorist benefits.

  • Calamos Asset Mgmt., Inc. v. Travelers Cas. & Surety Co. of Am.,

    Publication Date: 2021-03-10
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: U.S. District Court of Delaware
    Judge: District Judge Noreika
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jennifer C. Wasson, Carla M. Jones, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Matthew J. Schlesinger, Colin P. Watson, Maura A. Sokol, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Francis G.X. Pileggi, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Wilmington, DE; Ronald P. Schiller, Daniel J. Layden, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA for defendant.

    Case Number: D69318

    Corporation was not entitled to coverage under Directors and Officers liability policy for stockholders' underlying action against the company where the policy only provided coverage for securities claims and the underlying breach of fiduciary duty claims did not concern regulating securities.

  • Columbus Life Ins. Co. v. Wilmington Trust Co.

    Publication Date: 2021-03-03
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Donald L. Gouge, Jr., Donald L. Gouge, Jr., LLC, Wilmington, DE; Michael J. Miller, Joseph M. Kelleher Philip J. Farinella, Cozen O’Connor, Philadelphia, PA for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Steven L. Caponi, Matthew B. Goeller, K&L Gates LLP, Wilmington, DE; Ari Ruben, Susman Godfrey LLP, New York, NY; Steven G. Sklaver, Susman Godfrey LLP, Los Angeles, CA for defendant.

    Case Number: D69312

    Although stranger-oriented life insurance policy holder could not maintain void policy under theories of estoppel or waiver, insurance company's acceptance of holder as owner and beneficiary and acceptance of payment of premiums could support fraud claim against insurer.

  • In re Solera Ins. Coverage Appeals

    Publication Date: 2020-11-11
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Software
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Valihura
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John L. Reed, Matthew Denn, Peter H. Kyle, Kelly L. Freund, DLA Piper LLP, Wilmington, DE; Gregory F. Fischer, Cozen O’Connor, Wilmington, DE; Angelo G. Savino, Cozen O’Connor, New York, NY; Kurt M. Heyman, Aaron M. Nelson, Heyman Enerio Gattuso & Hirzel LLP, Wilmington, DE; Scott B. Schrieber, James W. Thomas, Jr, William C. Purdue, Jennifer Wieboldt, Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer LLP , Washington, DC; R. Reeves Anderson, Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer LLP, Denver, CO for appellants.
    for defendant: David J. Baldwin, Berger Harris LLP, Wilmington, DE; Peter M. Gillon, Alexander D. Hardiman, Tamara D. Bruno, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Washington, DC for appellee.

    Case Number: D69186

    A statutory appraisal action under 8 Del. C. §262 did not constitute a securities claim, so excess insurers were entitled to summary judgment. Reversed.

  • XL Ins. Am., Inc. v. Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp.

    Publication Date: 2020-10-28
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Manufacturing
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Traynor
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Ilana H. Eisenstein, Rachel A.H. Horton, DLA Piper LLP (US), Philadelphia, PA; Aidan M. McCormack, DLA Piper LLP (US), New York, NY; John L. Reed, Matthew Denn and Kelly L. Freund, DLA Piper LLP (US), Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: David B. Goodwin, Christine S. Haskett, Covington & Burling LLP, San Francisco, CA; David J. Baldwin, Berger Harris LLP, Wilmington, DE for defendant.

    Case Number: D69173

    Expert testimony regarding lost earnings was consistent with the provisions of the business interruption coverage portion of the insurance policies.

  • Legion Partners Asset Mgmt., LLC v. Underwriters at Lloyds London

    Publication Date: 2020-10-14
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Investments and Investment Advisory
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge LeGrow
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David J. Soldo, Patricia A. Winston, Morris James LLP, Wilmington, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Carmella P. Keener, Cooch and Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Kim W. West, Alec H. Boyd, Clyde & Co. U.S. LLP, San Francisco, CA for defendant.

    Case Number: D69153

    Insurer was obligated to advance costs pertaining to insured's defense to counterclaims in an arbitration proceeding, because those counterclaims were within the scope of the policy.

  • State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co. v. Spine Care Delaware, LLC

    Publication Date: 2020-09-23
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Health Care | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Supreme Court
    Judge: Justice Valihura
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: John S. Spadaro, John Sheehan Spadaro, LLC, Smyrna, DE for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Colin M. Shalk, Casarino Christman Shalk Ransom & Doss, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Kyle G.A. Wallace, Gavin Reinke, Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, GA for defendants.

    Case Number: D69132

    The Delaware Supreme Court held the lower court erred in holding that an insurer had the burden of proof with respect to the reasonableness of reductions in the amounts charged by a medical provider.

  • Pfizer Inc. v. U.S. Specialty Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2020-09-16
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Pharmaceuticals
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Kenneth J. Nachbar, John P. DiTomo and Barnaby Grzaslewicz, Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Wilmington, DE; Robin L. Cohen, Adam S. Ziffer and Marc T. Ladd, McKool Smith, P.C., New York, NY for plaintiff.
    for defendant: Carmella P. Keener, Cooch & Taylor, P.A., Wilmington, DE; Jeffrey J. Ward, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Washington, DC for defendant.

    Case Number: D69124

    The court granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of an insured in this case involving excess coverage.