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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 carrier's attempt to escape arbitration based upon a perceived bias in the insured's selected arbitrator was rejected when the court granted the insured's motion to compel arbitration. Queen's Med. Ctr. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of Am., 2018... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Nebraska Court of Appeals ruled that the insurer must defend claims of faulty workmanship causing property damage to something other than the insured's work product. Grinnell Mut. Reinsurance Co. v. Fisher, 2018 Neb. App. LEXIS 47 (Neb. Ct. App.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
Interpreting Hawaii law, the federal district court held that the standard for triggering the duty to defend is the same as the standard for the duty to advance costs under a D&O policy. Maui Land & Pineapple Co. v. Liberty... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Florida Court of Appeals recently held the the policy's exclusion for repeated water seepage over a period of fourteen days or more does not exclude loss caused by the seepage for the first thirteen days. Hicks v. Am. Integrity... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's suit against his broker for securing a policy with insufficient policy limits was dismissed when filed more than two years after the alleged professional negligence occurred. Pritchard v. Andy Houghton Ins. Agency, 2018 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1160... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The general contractor was not entitled to a defense based upon an exclusion for construction management fees. Houston Cas. Co. v. Cavan Corp .of NY, Inc., 2018 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 1138 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 20, 2018). Cavan entered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Affirming the District Court, the Seventh Circuit agreed that the broad evidence rule was used under Indiana law to determine actual cash value. Thorne v. Member Select Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3265 (7th Cir. Feb. 12, 2018). Thorne's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Illinois Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment entered for the insurer and found the general contractor, an additional insured under the policy, was entitled to a defense. Hastings Mut. Ins. Co. v. Blinderman Constr. Co., Inc., 2017 Ill. App.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured contractor was not entitled to independent Cumis counsel despite suing the insurer in a cross-claim. Centex Homes v. St. Palu Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 2018 Cal. App. LEXIS 45 (Cal. Ct. App. Jan. 22, 2018). Homeowners sued... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Florida District Court reversed erroneous jury instructions that adopted the efficient proximate cause doctrine in determining whether the insurer was responsible for the insureds’ collapsed roof. Jones v. Federated National Ins. Co., 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 561 (Fla. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Third Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of the insured's lawsuit for denial of flood coverage after the complaint was filed more than one year after the insurer rejected the proof of loss. Migliaro v. Fidelity Nat'l Indem. Ins.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Affirming the district court, the Eighth Circuit found that deteriorated bags which unintentionally mixed with landscaping materials did not amount to property damage under the CGL policy. Decker Plastics Corp. v. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer's motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of the insured's claim for collapse coverage was rejected by the Supreme Court of New York. Parauda v. Encompass Ins. Co. of Am., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 269 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Jan.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Federal District Court, District of Hawaii, overruled the insured's objections to the Magistrate Judge's Findings and Recommendations awarding partial fees. Hanover Ins. Co. v. Anova Food, LLC, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEIXS 11493 (D. Haw. Jan. 24, 2018). A prior... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Our panel addressed cyber coverage at tiday’s ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s meeting My distinguished colleagues- Demetrius Rush, Karin Aldama, Jamie Carsey and Rina Carmel Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's granting the insurance agent's Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law on the insured's claim for punitive damages. Fuche Corporation, Inc. v. Leung, et al., 2018 Haw. App. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The ABA's Incurance Coverage Litigation Committee Conference will be conducted this week in Tucson, AZ, from February 28 to March 3, 2018. As always, many cutting edge topics will be addressed by panels consisting of lawyers, judges, and professionals from... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a long-standing dispute between a window manufacturer and its insurer, the federal district court found that the insurer was obligated to pay defense costs from the date of installation of the alleged faulty windows even though the underlying complaints... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
One insurer's refusal to defend based upon its "other insurance" provision ultimately meant the insurer had to pay all of the insured's defense costs. Steadfast Ins. Co. v. Greenwich Ins. Co., 2018 Wis. App. LEXIS 51 (Wis. Ct. App. Jan.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court found that the insurer was estopped from asserting coverage defenses after taking no action for two years before appearing in a declaratory judgment action filed by the insured. Sentinel Ins. Co. v. Walsh Constr. Co., 2018... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eleventh Circuit found that the insured caused property damage to areas beyond its own work, obligating the insurer to defend. Addison Ins. Co. v. 4000 Island Blvd. Condo. Ass'n, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 26870 (11th Cir. Dec. 28, 2017).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A Circuit Court in Florida issued a final judgment determining that the insured's obligation to comply with building code provisions was included in the property damage experienced. Pin-Pon Corp. v. Landmark, Am. Ins. Co., No. 312009CA012244 (Fla. Cir. Ct. Dec.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The seller's alleged negligent misrepresentation about the condition of the house was not covered by the homeowner's and umbrella policies. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Swaminathan, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211931 (D. Conn. Dec. 27, 2017). The insureds owned a home... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The broker was not negligent when it proposed additional coverage that was rejected by the insured. Cromer v. Rosenzweig Ins. Agency Inc., 2017 N.Y. App Div. LEXIS 8969 (N.Y. App. Div. Dec. 21, 2017). Plaintiff was injured while employed as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insureds survived their broker's motion to dismiss their claims for negligent procurement of insurance. Thanoukos v. Kita, 2017 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2684 (Ill Ct. App. Dec. 19, 2017). The insureds purchased homeowners insurance through their broker. When they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2018 at Insurance Law Hawaii