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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
This blog reaches the ten year mark this week. We started in December 2007, 1143 posts ago. Blogging has served as a invaluable self-education on multiple coverage issues in an effort to keep abreast of the constantly changing landscape. We... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal upheld the trial court's award of summary judgment to the insurer who had denied a claim for failure to attend a second Examination Under Oath (EUO). Munoz v. State Farm General Ins. Co., 2017 Cal.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court disagreed with the insurer's attempt to limit additional insured status based upon the contract between the parties. Mays v. In re All C-Dive LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 185874 (E.D. La. Nov. 9, 2017). Five employees of C-Dive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found that the insurer was obligated to indemnify, but not to defend the insured. Old Republic Ins. Co. v. Kenny Constr. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189412 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 31, 2017). Kenny Construction Company was hired by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The appellate court found that the claims file that existed before the insurer's denial was discoverable. Cascade Builders Corp. v. Rugar, 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 7357 (N.Y. App. Div.. Oct. 19, 2017). Cascade Builders was the general contractor for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division, adopted the continuous trigger for establishing which insurers were on the risk for construction defect claims. Air Master & Cooling, Inc. v. Selective Ins. Co. of Am., 2017 N.J. Super. LEXIS 144 (N.J.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer unsuccessfully moved for summary judgment on the CGL policy's business risk exclusions. Scottsdale Ins. Co. v. TL Spreader, LLC, (W.D. La. Oct. 20, 2017). Helena Chemical Company contracted with its customer Wild Farms to sell and apply certain... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed the trial court's order that defense costs be paid for a period during which the insured rejected the defense even though no reservation of rights was issued. OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co. v. Celanese Corp., 2017... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Coverage for the collapse of a foundation was not covered under the contractor's builder's risk policy. Taja Investments LLC v. Peerless Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 19855 (4th Cir. Oct. 11, 2017). Taja Construction LLC was renovating a row... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Two insurers disagreed on which was responsible for defense costs in the underlying personal injury suit against the insured. Nautilus Ins. Co. v. Westfield Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158480 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 27, 2017). Knerr Group, Inc. lease... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A broker who assisted the insureds in procuring a homeowners policy had no duty to advise the insureds to secure additional flood coverage. Ring v. Meeker Sharkey Assocs., LLC, 2017 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 3458 (N.J. Super Ct. App. Div.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's finding of coverage for faulty workmanship allegations and bad faith by the insurer. Pulte Home Corp. v. Am Safety Indem. Co., 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 748 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 30,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The South Dakota Supreme Court found that the general contractor was entitled to a defense against the homeowners' claims of defective workmanship. Lowery Constr. & Concrete, LLC v. Owners Ins. Co., 2017 S.D. LEXIS 107 (S.D. Aug. 30, 2017). After... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Energy, Environment and Resources section of the Hawaii State Bar Association at the HSBA's annual convention. My colleague, Peter Mintzer, and I addressed environmental insurance claims. Power point presentation available upon... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court for the District of Hawaii denied the brokers' motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal from claims that they inadequately advised the insured of the law regarding construction defects in Hawaii. Am Auto. Ins. Co. v. Haw.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court for the district of Connecticut has faced a slew of collapse cases, recently dismissing several such cases. The policies under consideration in each case cover the "entire collapse of a covered building structure" or "the entire... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals (ICA) ruled in favor of the insurer in deciphering the policy's UIM coverage. Kohatsu v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 2017 Haw. App. LEXIS 388 (Sept. 29, 2017). The insureds were in an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The South Dakota Supreme Court found coverage in favor of the general contractor who was sued for alleged faulty workmanship. Owners Ins. Co. v. Tibke Constr., Inc., 2017 S.D. LEXIS 106 (S.D. Aug. 23, 2017). The homeowners hired Tibke Construction... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fifth Circuit construed a contract requiring indemnity and an obligation to provide insurance coverage as creating separate duties. ExxonMobil Corp. v. Elec. Reliability Services, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16031 (5th Cir. Aug. 22, 2017). Exxon contracted with Electrical Reliability... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's motion to reconsider an order granting the insurer summary judgment challenges the insured's theory it was an additional insured was rejected by the federal district court. Hanover Ins. Co. v. Superior Labor Servs., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 133127... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found that the insurer properly denied a claim made under the claims-made policy during the second policy period when the incident occurred during the first policy period. Alaska Interstate Constr. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 2017... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a decision by Judge Sutton, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling that a falling tree causing one injury and two deaths was the result of a single occurrence. Evanston Ins. Co. v. Housing Auth. of Somerset, 2017... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer failed to present adequate evidence on summary judgment that damage caused by the collapse of a swimming pool was not covered. Klein v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3030 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. July 11, 2017).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Archdiocese failed to plead breach of contract against the County for failure to name the Archdiocese as an additional insured under the liability policy. Pachella v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 2017 Pa. Commw. Unpub. LEXIS 595 (Pa. Commw. Ct. Aug.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
My colleagues Rina Carmel, Karin Aldama and I authored an article entitled, "To Settle or Not to Settle? Bad-Faith Implications in Resolving Underlying Actions." The article appears in the current edition of Coverage, published by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii