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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 Michigan Court of Appeals rejected the insurer's argument that coverage was barred for the insured's contractual assumption of liability of another. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am v. Peaker Serv., Inc., 2014 WL 3605680 (Mich. Ct. App. July 22,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The homeowners' assigned claims against the general contractor's insurer were barred by business risk exclusions in the CGL policies. W. Heritage Ins. Co. v. Cannon, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101382 (E.D. Wash. July 24, 2014). The Cannons contracted with Cook... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The subcontractor's insurer could not escape contributing to defense costs of its insured when coverage was possible based upon the underlying complaint's allegations. Seneca Ins. Co. v. James River Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97156 (D. Ore. July 17,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
An exclusion for the liability of "any insured" for assault and battery precluded coverage for the Diocese sued in a sexual abuse case. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co., Inc. v. Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Phoenix, 2014 U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The appellate court reversed the trial court's determination that the policy covered only mold damage, but not damage caused by water seepage. Henderson v. Georgia Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 Ga. App. LEXIS 539 (Ga. Ct. App. July 16,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The excess insurer had a duty to defend after the primary carrier improperly refused its defense obligations. IMG Worldwide, Inc. v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 13703 (6th Cir. July 15, 2014). IMG was sued for over... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
When two boys drowned at a summer camp, the issue arose as to whether there were one or two occurrences. Fellowship of Christian Athletes v. AXIS Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 13176 (8th Cir. July 11, 2014). The two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Indirect notice to the insurer was sufficient to trigger coverage for the additional insured under a liability policy. Spoleta Constr., LLC v. Aspen Ins. UK Ltd., 2014 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5174 (N.Y. App. Div. July 11, 2014). An employee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's dismissal of a complaint alleging bad faith for the insurer's failure to adequately investigate the claim. Maslo v. Ameriprise Auto & Home Ins., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 564 (Cal. Ct. App.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Relying upon precedent from the Texas Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit upheld the District Court's denial of coverage based upon the policy's contractual-liability exclusion. Crownover v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12158 (5th Cir. June. 27, 2014). The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Second Circuit found that two claims arising from the same project were unrelated, creating two separate payments by the insurer for the two separate claims. Dormitory Auth. of New York v. Continental Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. App. 12088 (2nd... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Here is our power point from today's presentation to the Hawaii State Bar Association's Litigation and Insurance Coverage Litigation sections. We discussed "other insurance" clauses as addressed by the Hawaii Supreme Court in Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co.,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
On July 22, 2014, Richard Moser (Anderson Kill), Joseph Kotowski (Tom Petrus & Miller) and I (Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert) will make a joint presentation to the Litigation and Insurance Coverage Litigation sections of the Hawaii State Bar Association.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fifth Circuit determined that the Umbrella policies took effect once the primary insurance was exhausted by claims not covered by the Umbrella policies. Indem. Ins. Co. of N. Am. v. W&T Offshore, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 11775 (5th Cir.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Damage to the insureds' property caused by construction undertaken on the adjacent lot was covered under the insureds' property policy. Chubb Indem. Ins Co. v. 21 E. Cedar, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79906 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 2014). The insureds'... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Agreed, Robert. Thanks for the comment and confirmation.
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The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals affirmed the jury's finding that the broker was liable for failing to secure coverage for the insureds' home. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London v. Vreeken, 2014 Haw. App. LEXIS 322 (Haw. Ct. App. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The district court decision that a defense was owed for claims that included sexual abuse was affirmed by the First Circuit. Metropolitan Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. McCarthy, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 10622 (1st Cir. June 5, 2014). The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Washington Court of Appeals found there was no duty to defend the insured under a strict liability statute for alleged contamination when no action was threatened by the agency. Gull Indus., Inc. v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co.,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit held that a claim for advertising injury was properly denied under the prior publication exclusion. Street Surfing, LLC v. Great Am. E&S Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 10737 (9th Cir. June 10, 2014). Street Surfing began... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court denied the insurer's motion in limine seeking to dismiss the insureds' complaint due to the absence of expert testimony. Fabozzi v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74069 (E.D. N.Y. May 30, 2014). During the policy period,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's holding that the insurer had no duty to defend claims arising out of the insureds' installation of defective steel framing in an apartment building. Regional Steel Corp. v. Liberty Surplus Ins.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, determined there was no coverage for construction defects under New York or New Jersey law. Nat'l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA v. Turner Constr. Co., 2014 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 3546... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court denied the insurer's motion for summary judgment on plaintiff's breach of contract claim because there was a disputed issue of fact regarding the applicability of the vandalism exclusion. Poole v. Untied Servs. Auto. Assn., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
After the carrier was successful on summary judgment before the district court, the Ninth Circuit reversed, finding the causation and bad faith issues required a trial. Pyramid Tech., inc. v. Allied Public Adjuster, Inc., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 9210 (9th... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii