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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
Applying Minnesota law, the federal district court determined the supplier of contaminated dried milk had coverage. The Netherlands Ins. Co. v. Main Street Ingredients, LLC, 2014 WL 1012793 (8th Cir. March 18, 2014). In 2007, Plainview Milk Products sold dried... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The broker's motion for summary judgment, seeking to dismiss negligence claims for failure to obtain adequate coverage, was denied by the court in Voss v. The Netherlands Ins. Co., 2014 N.Y. LEXIS 384 (N.Y. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2014). The... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Alabama Supreme Court withdrew is prior opinion and authored a new decision finding that construction defects are an "occurrence." Owners Ins. Co. v. Jim Carr Homebuilder, No. 1120764 (Ala. March 28, 2014) [decision here]. Jim Carr Homebuilder (JCH) contracted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's claim for contingent business interruption ("CBI") coverage was denied in Millennium Inorganic Chemicals Ltd. v. Nat. Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh Pa., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3096 (4th Cir. Feb. 20, 2014). Millenium processed titanium dioxide, a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning to two families living in the insured's apartment complex arose from a single occurrence. Kosnoski v. Rogers, No. 13-0494, Memorandum and Decision (W. Va. Feb. 18, 2014). The families lived in two apartments in the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Reversing its prior decision, the New York Court of Appeals held that the insurer could raise policy exclusions regarding its duty to indemnify after it incorrectly denied its duty to defend. K2 Invest. Group, LLC v. Am. Guar. & Liab.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Allegations of negligent use of a fire arm by the intoxicated insured triggered a duty to defend under a homeowner's policy. Citizens Ins. Co. of Am. v. Ung, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22885 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 21, 2014). Plaintiff sued,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fifth Circuit held there was no duty to defend an additional insured for alleged negligence after completion of the project. Woodward v. Acceptance Indemn. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2569 (5th Cir. Feb. 11, 2014). Pass Marianne, L.L.C.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Kansas Court of Appeals determined that the insurer must defend claims of negligent misrepresentation against its insured. Central Power Sys. & Servs. v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co., 2014 Kan. App. LEXIS 9 (Kan. Ct. App. Feb. 21, 2014). Central... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The U. S. District Court found there was no coverage for breach of contract claims against the contractor who walked off the job before completing the project. Pa. Nat'l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. Snider, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16920... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The New York Court of Appeals determined that a two year period for obtaining replacement costs for damage to property was unenforceable where the property could not be reasonably replaced in two years. Executive Plaza, LLC v. Peerless Ins. Co.,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The additional insured was not covered under a property policy for an injury occurring after work was completed. Lewark v. Davis Door Servs., 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 341 (Wash. Ct. App. Feb. 10, 2014). Public Storage, Inc. hired Davis Door... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In response to certified questions from the Eleventh Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court found that a contractual indemnity payment to the insured satisfied the policy's SIR requirement. Intervest Constr. of Jax v. Gen. Fid. Ins. Co., 2014 Fl. LEXIS 568... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit determined the Archdiocese of St. Louis had no indemnity coverage after settling a suit in which it had no liability. Chicago Ins. Co. v. Archdiocese of St. Louis, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 1769 8th Cir. Jan. 29,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The ABA, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee's annual insurance coverage conference will be held in Tucson again this year, from March 6 to 8, 2014. Each year, this conference offers informative, cutting-edge sessions on a variety of insurance-related... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eleventh Circuit determined that the trial court did not err by refusing to give preclusive effect to findings made in the underlying state-court action because there was no collateral estoppel. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co. v. Sharif, 2014 U.S. App.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Responding to four certified questions from the Ninth Circuit, the Hawaii Supreme Court addressed various issues raised by competing "other insurance" provisions in two CGL policies. Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2014 Haw. LEXIS 59 (Haw. Feb. 13,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a coverage dispute between the liability carrier and auto carrier, the court determined that the liability policy had a duty to defend and indemnify. Am. States Ins. Co. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 Cal. App. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Illinois Appellate Court determined the insurer must cover a settlement reached by its insured and it independent counsel who was retained due to a potential conflict. Standard Mut. Ins. Co. v. Lay, 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 20 (Ill. Ct.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found there was no duty to defend or indemnify under a pollution policy for claims arising from a building fire. URS Corp. v. Zurich Am Ins. Co., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 222 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Jan. 16, 2014).... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insureds attempt to secure coverage for ensuing losses after foundation damage was properly denied by the insurer. Walker v. Nationwide Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6683 (W.D. Tex. Jan. 6, 2014). Two provisions excluding coverage... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The broad asbestos exclusion found in a Business Owners policy barred coverage for the insured after it sold a building in which asbestos was discovered. Phillips v. Parmelee, 2013 Wisc. LEXIS 747 (Dec. 27, 2013). Prior to purchasing an apartment... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a much anticipated decision, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that a general contractor who agrees to perform its work in a good and workmanlike manner does not "assume liability" for damages arising out of its defective work so as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's bad faith claim based upon the insurer's alleged use of an independent contractor to assess the amount of loss in order to lower the amount paid survived a motion to dismiss. Williamson v. Chubb Indem. Ins. Co., 2013... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's determination that there was no duty to indemnify after the insured settled without consent of the insurer. Perini/Tompkins Joint Venture v. ACE American Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 24865 (4th Cir. Dec.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Insurance Law Hawaii