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Tred Eyerly
Honolulu, Hawai`i
I have been a litigator for over thirty years, with an emphasis on insurance coverage issues.
Interests: Traveling, running, reading.
Recent Activity
The Fifth Circuit reversed the district court's dismissal of the insured's complaint by granting the insurer's motion for judgment on the pleadings. Spec's Family Partners, Ltd. v. Hanover Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 17246 (5th Cir. June 25, 2018).... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer unsuccessfully moved to dismiss portions of the insureds' counterclaim based upon prior knowledge. Hudson Spec. Ins. Co. v. Talex Enter., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105598 (S. D. Miss. June 25, 2018). The insureds' building collapsed in McComb, Mississippi.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
In yet another collapse case from Connecticut, the federal district court denied the insurer's motion to dismiss. Maki v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102708 (D. Conn. June 20, 2018). In February 2016, the insureds noticed a series... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's decision that the insured Association of Apartment Owners was entitled to coverage for the attorneys' fees incurred [prior post here].Ass'n of Apartment Owners of the Moorings, Inc. v. Dongbu Ins. Co., Ltd., 2018... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court granted the insured's motion for summary judgment despite the insurer's denial based upon faulty workmanship. Engineered Structures, Inc. v. Travelers Prop Cas. Co. of Am., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102822 (D Idaho June 18, 2018). Engineered Structures, Inc.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
As homeowners on the Big Island contemplate pursuing claims due to loss caused by volcanic eruption or lava flow, SuperLawyers has a post addressing some of my thoughts on the issue. The post is here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the insured's assignment of benefits despite the policy's anti-assignment provision. Farmers Ins. Exchange v. Honorable David Udall, 2018 Ariz. Ct. App. LEXIS 94 (Ariz. June 12, 2018). Farmers issued homeowners' policies to four homeowners... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Faced with a series of policies, earlier ones which did not define collapse, newer policies which did, the court determined there was a possibility of coverage under the older policies which did not define collapse. Vera v. Liberty Mut. Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Third Circuit upheld the district court's order granting summary judgment in favor of the insurer on a claim seeking coverage for construction defects. Lenick Constr. v. Selective Way Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 15197 (3d Cir. June 6,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In yet another of the collapse cases being litigated in state and federal courts in Connecticut, the federal district court denied the insurer's motion to dismiss. Rosenberger v. Amica Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95345 (D. Conn. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
After being sued for negligence for failing to secure proper coverage, the broker was unsuccessful in seeking dismissal by way of summary judgment. Liverman Metal Recycling, Inc. v. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87957 (E.D. N.C.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Answering a question posed by the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court found that a suit against a employer for negligent hiring, retention and supervision of a employee who intentionally injures a third party alleges an occurrence under a CGL... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the denial of coverage under a Computer Fraud policy. Interactive Communications International, Inc. v. Great American Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 12410 (11th Cir. May 10, 2018). Great American issued a Computer Fraud policy to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Connecticut courts have been swamped with cases seeking coverage for collapse caused by faulty cement. In a recent decision, the federal district court asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to determine what constitutes substantial impairment of structural integrity for applying the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Kentucky Supreme Court determined there was no coverage for the contractor's faulty workmanship in digging the existing basement of a building to make it deeper. Martin v. Acuity, 2018 Ky. LEXIS 188 (Ky. April 26, 2018). Martin Elias/Properties, LLC... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined there was a duty to defend negligence and private nuisance claims for dumping materials on the plaintiffs' property. Peters Heavy Construction, Inc. v. X-Pert One Tracking Corp., 2018 Wisc. App. LEXIS 358 (Wis. Ct. App. March 29,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The current issue of the ABA, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's publication Coverage includes our article, Seeing Around the Cyber Corner: What's Next for Cyber Liability Policies?" The article can be found here. Thanks to my co-authors, Karin S. Aldama, Esq.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Handling the third appeal of the matter, the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals rejected the insured's claim for bad faith based upon an untimely denial of the claim. Adams v. Haw. Med. Serv. Ass'n, 2018 Haw. App. LEXIS 245 (Haw.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The United State Supreme Court ruled that the divorced spouse of an insured under a life insurance policy had no constitutional challenge against a state statute that revoked her status as a beneficiary upon the insured's death. Sveen v. Melin,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer's motion for summary judgment to establish there was no coverage for the collapse of the front wall in the insured's home was denied. Desvarieux v. Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2018 US. Dist. LEXIS 71230 (E.D. Pa.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's Computer Fraud policy failed to provide coverage for a fraudulent email scheme based upon an exclusion barring coverage where an authorized person entered the insured's computer system. Aqua Star Untied States Corp. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
When two competing experts disagreed on the cause of the loss, the trial court erred in granting summary judgment to the insurer. Garcia v. Firs Community Ins. Co., Fla. App. LEXIS 4237 (Fla. Ct. App. March 28, 2018). Garcia, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eleventh Circuit, following Florida law, reversed the district court's granting of summary judgment to the insurer for water damage caused by a collapse in the dwelling's plumbing system. Cameron v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 9800 (11th... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Supreme Court of Idaho found that the intentional shooting by a care-taker in the insureds' campground was not covered under the CGL policy. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. of Idaho v. Cook, 2018 Idaho LEXIS 71 (Idaho March 30,... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The district court accepted the magistrate's recommended ruling denying the insurer's motion for summary judgment on breach of contract and bad faith claims in a case involving collapse. Jang v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 51880... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii