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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 Texas Supreme Court determined that a damaged fence attached to the insureds' dwelling was covered under the dwelling provisions, not the "other structure" portion of the policy. Nassar v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 2017 Tex. LEXIS 113 (Tex.... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
Applying Iowa law, the federal district court found that the insurer had to defend and indemnify construction defect claims for damage to property caused by the insured's subcontractors. Van Der Weide v. Cincinnati Ins., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4469 (N.D.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The additional insured unsuccessfully sought to recover damages to its building caused by the named insured. Brit UW, Ltd. v. Tripar, Inc., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2462 (N.D. Ill. Jan. 6, 2017). Davis Russell Real Estate and Management LLC hired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The South Carolina Supreme Court found that the Special Referee correctly determined that the insurer failed to reserve the right to contest coverage of actual damages and punitive damages under the CGL policies. Harleysville Group Ins. v. Heritage Communities, Inc.,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal determined there was no duty to indemnify and the insured had to reimburse the insurer's contribution to a settlement. Nevertheless, there was a duty to defend, meaning the insured did not have to reimburse amounts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In SB 799, the Hawaii state legislature proposes creating a parametric risk transfer facility which would move hurricane risk into the private market with insurance and reinsurance carriers. The bill explains that parametric, or index-based, insurance solutions settle claims on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Arkansas Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of coverage for the insured based upon the exclusion for "damage to your product." S.E. Arnold & Co. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2016 Ark. App. LEXIS 625 (Ark. Ct. App. Dec. 7,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Arizona Court of Appeals overturned the trial court's determination that the general contractor was entitled to coverage under the subcontractor's exception to the "Your Work" exclusion. Double AA Builders v. Preferred Contrs. Ins. Co., 2016 Ariz. App. LEXIS 294... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In an insurance related case, the United States Supreme Court affirmed the Fifth Circuit's decision that State Farm was not entitled to a dismissal of a qui tam case involving its claims-handling after Hurricane Katrina. State Farm Fire & Cas.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Colorado Supreme Court ordered the insurer to produce documents after failing to demonstrate the documents contained were trade secrets. In Re Rumnock v. Anschutz, 2016 Colo. LEXIS 1228 (Colo. Dec. 5, 2016). Stephen Rumnock was involved in an auto... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Florida Supreme Court resolved a conflict between the District Courts in applying the Concurrent Causation Doctrine where there were multiple causes creating the loss. Sebo v. Am. Home Assur. Co., 2016 Fla. LEXIS 2596 (Fla. Dec. 1, 2016). After... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal overturned the trial court's issuance of summary judgment based upon the possibility of continuing property damage during the insurer's policy period. Tidwell Enters. v. Fin. Pac. Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. App. LEXIS 1038 (Cal. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's attempt to secure additional coverage beyond a $10,000 payment for water damage after a rain storm damaged the interior of its building failed. Bible World Christian Ctr. v. Colony Insurance Co, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 175766 (M.D La.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court found there was no coverage for the insured contractor under Arkansas law when sued for construction defects by two homeowners. Auto-Owners Ins. Co. v. Hambuchen Constr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160364 (W.D. Ark. Nov. 18, 2016).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court for the District of Hawaii continued its longstanding pattern of finding no coverage for claims based upon construction defects. Am. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Haw. Nut & Bolt, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174243 (D. Haw. Dec.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Sixth Circuit found that the surety did not act in bad faith when it settled the general contractor's claims against the State of Michigan over delays on a construction project. Great Am. Ins. Co. v. E.L. Bailey & Co.,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The general contractor, an additional insured on the subcontractor's policy, was not entitled to coverage for construction defect claims that arose after completion of the project. Weitz Co. v. Acuity, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150433 (S.D. Ohio Oct. 31, 2016).... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's issuance of the insurer's motion for summary judgment, thereby rejecting the insureds' negligence per se claim for failure to pay benefits. Braun-Salinas v. Am Family Ins. Group, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19555 (9th... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court refused to remand the insureds' case after the insurer removed from state court. Maui Land & Pineapple Co. v. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15681 (D. Haw. Nov. 10, 2016). The underlying case was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Addressing a host of issues on appeal, the Texas Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's judgment against the insurer for property damage caused by Hurricane Ike. Nat'l Sec. Fire & Cas. Co. v. Henriquez, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 11391... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
We've been plugging away for nine years at this blog. We started in December 2007, 1047 posts ago. It has been both a challenge and an invaluable learning experience over the past nine years. Hopefully, our readers are kept informed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Bound by Pennsylvania law, the federal district court found there was no coverage for defects in the installation of a roof. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Kim's Asia Constr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138915 (E.D. Pa. Oct. 5,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court limited the number of deductibles to the counterclaims filed against the insured, not the more than 600 plaintiffs who were parties to the three underlying lawsuits. Probuilders Spec. Ins. Co. v. Yarbrough Plastering, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134959... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court for the district of Hawaii rejected the insured's argument that the insurer acted in bad faith because the insured had to contribute to a settlement of the underlying case. Hanover Ins. Co. v. Anova Food, LLC,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Illinois Appellate Court determined the general contractor was not covered for construction defects despite allegations of damage to personal property. Wesfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, 59 N.E. 2d 877, (Ill. Ct. App. 2016). The developer constructed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii