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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 Seventh Circuit found there was a duty to defend the additional insured under the policy, but not a duty to indemnify. Kmart Corp. v. Footstar, Inc., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 1775 (7th Cir. Feb. 4, 2015). By agreement, Footstar... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that the pollution exclusion did not bar defense or indemnity for the insured's obligation to clean up a superfund site. Decker Mfg. Corp. v. The Travelers Indem. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12169 (W.D. Mich. Feb. 3,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
Where the building was damaged by both a covered cause and a non-covered cause, the policy's anti-concurrent/anti-sequential causation clause barred coverage for a collapsed building. Ashrit Realty LLC v. Tower Nat'l Ins. Co., 2015 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 107 (N.J.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court for the district of New Jersey cracked down on a Texas law firm that filed 250 Hurricane Sandy related cases against insurers without adequate investigation. Lighthouse Point Marina & Yacht Club, LLC v. Int'l Marine Underwriters,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The New Hampshire Supreme Court found some of the property damage evolving from the insured's portion of the work was covered under its liability policy. Cogswell Farm Condo. Ass'n v. Tower Group, Inc., 2015 N.H. LEXIS 3 (N.H. Jan. 13,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the insureds' negligence claim survived because it was not based upon breach of a duty created by the policy, but upon the alleged breach of a duty imposed by tort law. Bruno v. Erie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Disagreeing with the excess carrier's interpretation of the primary policy, the court determined the commercial property policy was a blanket policy, thereby invoking additional excess coverage. Landmark Am. Ins. Co. v. Pin-Pon Corp., 2015 Fla. App. LEXIS 189 (Fla. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a dispute over the property policy's requirement that lost or damaged property be repaired or replaced, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that the policy language called for replacement of undamaged siding panels to obtain a color match. Cedar Bluff... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
This year's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's CLE Seminar will be conducted in Tucson, Arizona, from March 4-7, 2015. Each year, the conference offers informative, cutting-edge sessions on a variety of insurance-related topics. Participants from across the country with varying perspectives... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court addressed when a liability policy was triggered for ongoing property damage. The Court also declined to apply the multiple trigger theory. Pennsylvania Nat'l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. John, 2014 Pa. LEXIS 3313 (Pa. Dec. 15,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court followed precedent in Illinois and upheld the insurer's denial of coverage for construction defects that did not damage other property. Design Concrete Founds., Inc. v. Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas. Co., 2014 Ill. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2684 (Ill... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a case of first impression, the Iowa Court of Appeals held that an appraisal may determine issues of causation. North Glenn Homeowners Association v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 854 N.W. 2d 67 (Iowa Ct. App. 2014). On... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court decided that the policy's flood exclusion, despite being poorly located within the policy, barred coverage for loss caused by flood. Great Lakes Int'l Trading Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165378 (D. Conn. Nov.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) vacated the trial court's issuance of summary judgment to the title insurer on a bad faith claim and remanded the case. Anastasi v. Fidelity Nat. Title Ins. Co., 2014 Haw. App. LEXIS 585... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court, district of Hawaii, recently granted the insured's motion for remand. Catholic Foreign Mission Society of Am., Inc. v. Arrowood Indem. Co., Civ. No. 14-00420, Order Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Remand and Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A series of communications requiring the subcontractor to provide additional insured coverage for the contractor were sufficient to fit within the policy's provision identifying additional insureds. KB Home Tucson, Inc. v. The Charter Oak Fire Ins. Co., 2014 Ariz. App.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The appellate court determined that a conditional judgment on replacement costs was appropriate after the insurer denied coverage. Stephens & Stephens XII, LLC v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS 1073 (Cal. Ct. App. Nov. 24, 2014). Stephens... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court denied the insurer's motion for summary judgment, holding that the insurer had a duty to defend the additional insured against claims for construction defects. Centex Homes v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 164472 (C.D. Cal. Nov.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Injury suffered by children of different families living at different times in the same apartment was limited to one occurrence under the policy's noncumulation clause. Nesmith v. Allstate Ins. Co., 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 3350 (N.Y. Nov. 25, 2014). The landlord... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Indemnity obligations and additional insured coverage were at issue in Strauss Painting, Inc. v. Mt. Hawley Ins. Co., 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 3347 (N.Y. Nov. 24, 2014). Strauss Painting, Inc. (Strauss) contracted with the Metropolitan Opera Association, Inc. (the Met) to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer prevailed in summary judgment, disposing of the insured's bad faith claim based upon the investigation of the loss. Nino v. State Farm Lloyds, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163993 (S.D. Tex. Nov. 24, 2014). The insured filed a claim... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals predicted that the Wisconsin appellate courts would apply the continuous injury trigger to find coverage after the policy expired for damage caused by water infiltration. Strauss v. Chubb Indem. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Focusing on the facts surrounding the accident determined which of two insurers' policies were responsible for covering a serious injury to a worker. Nat. Am Ins. Co. v. Harleysville Lake State Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160593 (S.D. Ind.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
We hit seven years of blogging this month. We started in December 2007, 835 posts ago. Two Damon Key blogs pre-date and continue to set the standard for this blog. Robert Thomas has long maintained www.inversecomdemnation.com [here]. And Mark Murakami... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Reaching into the weeds to analyze a business interruption claim, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals determined the cost of ordinary payroll could be included in the calculation of net profit or loss in determining business loss income when business is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii