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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 California Supreme Court considered whether the calculation for punitive damages may include attorneys' fees expended to obtain benefits determined after the jury has rendered its punitive damages verdict. Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. LEXIS 3757 (Cal.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Iowa Supreme Court held that property damage caused by a subcontractor's defective work was an "occurrence." Nat'l Sur. Corp. v. Westlake Invs., LLC, 2016 Iowa LEXIS 71 (Iowa June 10, 2016). In 2002, the insureds, the developers and general... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's claim that the insurer improperly refused to provide a supersedeas bond was rejected by the federal district court. James River Ins. Co. v. Interlachen Property Owners Ass'n v. Kuepers Constr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71825 (D. Minn. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured successfully remanded the case back to state court when the insurer could not substantiate that the amount in controversy would exceed $75,000. Puente v. State Farm Lloyds, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58103 (S.D. Texas March 28, 2016). The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Intermediate Court of Appeals [see prior post here] and determined that a subcontractor did not have a duty to defend the developer upon tender under an indemnify provision in the parties'... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit rejected the policyholder's appeal on the ambiguity of a subsurface water exclusion. Bull v. Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9703 (8th Cir. May 27, 2016). Michael Bull, the insured, experienced a leak from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the jury verdict which determined that the insurer acted in bad faith for failing to settle within policy limits. Bamford, Inc. v. Regent Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8787 (8th Cir. May 13, 2016). In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit held that the insurers' duty to defend did not cease after the insured submitted its response to the EPA in a section 104 (e) letter. Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Considering certified questions from the federal district court, the Arkansas Supreme Court followed a prior decision in deciding there was no coverage for property loss caused by faulty workmanship based solely on breach of contract. Columbia Ins. Group, Inc. v.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Minnesota Court of Appeals enforced the policy's anti-assignment provisions for the assignment of no-fault insurance claims to a medical provider. Stand Up Multipositional Advantage MRI, P.A. v. Family Ins. Co., 2016 Minn. App. LEXIS 24 (Minn. Ct. App. April... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Montana Supreme Court found that policy language defining "accidents may include intentional acts." Employers Mut. Cas. Co. v. Fisher Builders, Inc., 2016 Mont. LEXIS 269 (Mont. Sup. Ct. April 19, 2016). Jerry and Karen Slack hired Fisher Builders to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The district court ruled that there was no duty to defend the purported additional insured because a purchase order did not invoke additional insured status. Fed. Signal Corp. v. Tammcor Indus., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47574 (N.D. Ill. April 7,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Applying Illinois law, the federal district court ruled that there was no coverage for the insured's settlement of claims based upon breach of the implied warranty of habitability. Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass'n, 2016... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's holding that data breach claims were a covered publication. Travelers Indem. Co. of Am. v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, L.L.C., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6554 (4th Cir. April 11, 2016). A class-action complaint was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Reliance on the policy's "other insurance" provision did not excuse the insurer from contributing to the defense of a common insured. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 Ca. App. LEXIS 275 (Cal. Ct. App. April 11,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The South Carolina Court of Appeals found there was no coverage for an inverse condemnation action based upon the policy's pollution exclusion. South Carolina Ins. Reserve Fund v. E. Richland County Public Service District, 2016 S. C. App. LEXIS 32... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer denied the insured restaurant's claim for food spoilage and loss of business income when a flood elsewhere caused a power outage. N. Spy Food Co., LLC v. Tower Nat'l. Ins., 2016 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1033 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's motion for summary judgment was granted, paving the way for recovery for property loss and business interruption. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. TransCanada Energy USA, Inc., 2016 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 1027 (N.Y. Sup. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The 2016 Hawaii legislative session passed five insurance-related bills. Bills that have been enacted are the following: HB 260 - The bill establishes motor vehicle insurance requirements for transportation network companies and drivers that will take effect on September 1,... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court rejected the insurer's argument that two triggers - one for exposure to asbestos and one for resulting injury - were required under CGL policies. Compass Ins. Co. v. University Mechanical and Engineering Contractors, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The policy's faulty workmanship exclusion barred coverage despite an ensuing loss provision. Gateway II LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2016 N. Y. Misc. LEXIS 1325 (Sup. Ct. N. Y. April 5 , 2016). Water damage occurred at Gateway. The... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Rhode Island Supreme Court agreed that the insurer had no coverage obligations for bodily injury occurring after the policy had been canceled. Hoesen v. Lloyd's of London, 2016 R.I. LEXIS 41 (R.I. March 24, 2016). The plaintiff, Mark Van... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that an umbrella carrier was obligated to assist the general liability insurer in defending the insured. Am. States Ins. Co. v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, 2016 U.S. Dist LEXIS 38128 (E.D. Cal. March 23,... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The appellate court reversed, in part, determining that the insurer had a duty to defend. Cumberland Farms, Inc. v. Tower Group, Inc., 2026 N. Y. App. Div. LEXIS 2039 ( Supr. Ct. N. Y. App. Div. March 23, 2016). In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii determined that the insured was not entitled to pre-tender defense fees. The Hanover Ins. Co. v. Anova Food, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 38947 (D. Haw. March 24, 2016). Anova sold... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii