• Viking Pump, Inc. v. Century Indem. Co.

    Publication Date: 2018-06-06
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Manufacturing
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: David J. Baldwin, Jennifer C. Wasson, Carla M. Jones, Robin L. Cohen and Keith McKenna for Warren Pumps LLC
    for defendant: Kenneth J. Nachbar, Garrett B. Moritz, Tancred Schiavoni, Gary Svirsky, John D. Balaguer, Brian G. Fox, Lawrence A. Na-thanson, Anthony G. Flynn, Timothy Jay Houseal, Jennifer M. Kinkus, Larua S. McKay, Thaddeus J. Weaver, James W. Semple, C. Scott Reese and Kristin Suga Heres for excess insurers.

    Case Number: D68172

    An insured was not entitled to set a judgment amount or recover prejudgment interest against an insurer where the complaint sought only declaratory relief.

  • Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. American Indep. Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-30
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Davis
    Attorneys: For plaintiff:
    for defendant:

    Case Number: D68161

    An insurance company was not entitled to rely on the savings clause to permit a late-filed appeal of an arbitra-tion decision.

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    Del. Judge Denies Interest in Asbestos Coverage Dispute

    May 24, 2018

    A Delaware judge on Wednesday rejected what he called a "peculiar" motion by an industrial pump manufacturer seeking prejudgment interest against excess insurers in a dispute over millions of dollars in asbestos-injury coverage, observing that no court had ever granted such a request without first finding damages.

  • WoodSpring Hotels LLC v. Natl Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA

    Publication Date: 2018-05-16
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Hospitality and Lodging
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Davis
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Jennifer C. Wasson, Carla M. Jones, Kenneth H. Frenchman and Denise N. Yasinow for plaintiff
    for defendant: Seth Niederman and Joseph Collins for defendant.

    Case Number: D68149

    An insurer was not entitled to avoid its duty to defend based on a policy exclusion regarding trade secrets, because at least one claim in the underlying litigation did not involve trade secrets.

  • Green v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

    Publication Date: 2018-05-09
    Practice Area: Class Actions | Insurance Law
    Industry: Health Care | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Davis
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Richard H. Cross, Jr., Christopher P. Simon, Cross & Simon, LLC, Wilmington, DE, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Paul A. Bradley, Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy, LLC, Wilmington, DE; George M. Church, Miles & Stockbridge, PC, Baltimore, MD; Meloney Perry, Perry Law, PC, Dallas, TX, attorneys for defendant.

    Case Number: D68135

    Motion to dismiss putative class action denied where court could not definitively determine that plaintiffs could not establish damage calculation method that would predominate over proposed class.

  • Lincoln Benefit Life Co. v. Wilmington Trust, N.A.

    Publication Date: 2018-04-18
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Financial Services and Banking | Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Rocanelli
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Joseph C. Schoell, Jason P. Gosselin, Katherine L. Villaneuva and Christopher F. Petrillo for plaintiff
    for defendant: Steven L. Caponi for defendant.

    Case Number: D68113

    Defendant failed to establish overwhelming hardship or other justification for depriving plaintiff of its chosen forum in this insurance matter.

  • Arch Ins. Co. v. Murdock

    Publication Date: 2018-03-14
    Practice Area: Corporate Governance | Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Davis
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Robert J. Katzenstein and Kathleen M. Miller, Smith, Katzenstein & Jenkins LLP, Wilmington, DE; Michael R. Goodstein, Bailey Cavalieri LLC, Columbus, OH; Merril Hirsh, Troutman Sanders LLP, Washington, DC; Michael L. Manire and Deanna M. Galla, Manire & Galla LLP, New York, NY; Robert P. Conlon and Kevin A. Lahm, Walker Wilcoz Matousek LLP, Chicago, IL; Ommid C. Farashahi, Michael T. Skoglund, and Nicholas R. Novak, BatesCarey LLP, Chicago, IL, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: Elena C. Norman and Mary F. Dugan, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, Wilmington, DE; Kirk A. Pasich and Pamela Wood, Pasich LLP, Los Angeles, CA; Mikaela Whitman, Pasich LLP, New York, NY , attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68070

    Insurers denied summary judgment on their declaratory judgment action where Delaware law did not preclude insurance from indemnifying directors for breaches of loyalty by fraud.

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    Delaware Public Policy Does Not Preclude D&O Insurance Coverage for Fraud

    March 14, 2018

    In Arch Insurance v. Murdock, a D&O insurance coverage dispute, the Superior Court's complex commercial litigation division reasoned broadly to hold that, absent a contrary choice of law clause, Delaware law applies to Delaware corporations' D&O insurance policies, and that Delaware public policy does not prohibit insuring losses from insureds' breaching the fiduciary duty of loyalty through fraudulent conduct.

  • AIU Ins. Co. v. Philips Elec. N. Am. Corp.

    Publication Date: 2018-01-24
    Practice Area: Insurance Law | Toxic Torts
    Industry: Insurance | Manufacturing
    Court: Court of Chancery
    Judge: Vice Chancellor Slights
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Marc S. Casarino, White and Williams LLP, Wilmington, DE; John S. Favate, Hardin Kundla McKeon & Poletto, P.A., Springfield, NJ, attorneys for plaintiffs
    for defendant: David J. Baldwin, Jennifer C. Wasson, and Andrew H. Sauder, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Kenneth H. Frenchman, McKool Smith, P.C., New York, NY; Daniel K. Hogan and Garvan F. McDaniel, Hogan McDaniel, Wilmington, DE; Sander L. Esserman, Steven A. Felsenthal, and David A. Klinger, Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka, Dallas, TX, attorneys for defendants.

    Case Number: D68014

    Plaintiffs not entitled to summary judgment for claim for breach of audit rights, where operative agreement failed to define scope of audit or describe types of information to be disclosed in an audit.

  • Catlin Specialty Ins. Co. v. CBL & Assocs. Props.

    Publication Date: 2017-11-01
    Practice Area: Insurance Law
    Industry: Insurance | Real Estate | Retail
    Court: Delaware Superior Court
    Judge: Judge Wallace
    Attorneys: For plaintiff: Emily K. Silverstein, Marks, O'Neill, O'Brien, Doherty & Kelly P.C., Wilmington, DE; Louis H. Kozloff, Goldber Segalla LLP, Philadelphia, PA, attorneys for plaintiff
    for defendant: John A. Sensing, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Wilmington, DE; Alan E. Popkin, David W. Sobelman, and Melissa Z. Baris, Husch Blackwell LLP, St. Louis, MO, attorneys for defendant.

    Case Number: D67918

    Insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify insured under professional negligence liability policy where underlying action only alleged insureds intentional fraudulent conduct.