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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 federal district court determined there was coverage for losses sustained by the insured due to a cyber attack. Medidata Solutions, Inc. v. Federal Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122210 (S.D. N.Y. July 21, 2017). Medidata provided cloud-based services... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found that the insured's faulty construction of an outside deck did not arise from an occurrence. Employers Mut. Cas. Co. v. West, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113951 (N.D. Miss. July 21, 2017). D.L. Action Construction Company (DLA) constructed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal reversed the trial court's issuance of summary judgment to the insurer, finding that the insured did not make misrepresentations when applying for a policy to cover rental property. Duarte v. Pacific Spec. Ins. Co., 13... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Seventh Circuit held that the underlying complaint alleged an occurrence by asserting that the painting subcontractor was negligent in causing damage to the building. Westfield Ins. Co. v. Nat'l Decorating Serv., Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 12516 (7th Cir.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Although the insured claimed damages to her home was caused by vibrations from nearby construction, the court held she failed to overcome the insurer's expert's opinion that the damage resulted from excluded causes such as wear and tear, cracking and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the jury’s award of $14 million in damages after finding Allstate was in bad faith in refusing to settle the matter. Madrigal v. Allstate Indem Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10643 (9th Cir. June 15, 2017).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The magistrate recommended that summary judgment be entered in favor of the insurer, thereby eliminating coverage for property damage incurred during Hurricane Sandy. Madelaine Chocolate Novelties, Inc. v. Great Northern Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103015 (E.D. N.Y. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court denied the insurer's motion for partial summary judgment seeking to dismiss claims for bad faith and for punitive damages. Van Der Weide v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101735 (N.D. Iowa June 30, 2017). The homeowner... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court found there was no coverage for the homeowners' collapse claim because the collapse provisions were deleted from the policy. Gueng-Ho Kim v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97871 (D. Conn. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found there was no duty to defend a suit for bodily injury against the additional insured where the injury was not caused by the insured. Consigli Constr. Co. v. Travelers Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95339 (D.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the jury's award of $14 million in damages after finding Allstate was in bad faith in refusing to settle the matter. Madrigal v. Allstate Indem. Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 10643 (9th Cir. June 15, 2017).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Montana Supreme Court held that the insurer had a duty to defend allegations of misrepresentation against the insured seller of a home. Huckins v. United Serv. Auto. Assoc., 2017 Mont. LEXIS 334 (Mont. June 13, 2017). Barry Van Sickle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed the trial court's grant of summary judgment to the insurer, finding that the purchaser may have third party beneficiary rights under the seller's property policy. Hensley v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 2017 Okla.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The New York Court of Appeals construed an additional insured endorsement as applying only to injury proximately caused by the named insured. Burlington Ins. Co. v. NYC Transit Auth., 2017 N.Y. LEXIS 1404 (N.Y. Ct. App. June 6, 2017). Breaking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court found that under Montana law, water damage resulting from alleged faulty workmanship in repairing the insured's roof was covered. Leep v. Trinity Universal Ins Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86759 (D. Mont. June 6, 2017). The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Facing an issue of first impression, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled that property damage caused by either a man-made or a natural cause was excluded under the Insurance Service Office's 2013 earth movement endorsement. Erie Ins. Prop. & Cas.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court considered whether debris removal coverage in a surplus lines policy applied in conjunction with an endorsement limiting flood coverage for all losses "resulting from Flood to buildings, structures or property." Oxford Realty Group Cedar v. Travelers Excess and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court granted the insured's motion to dismiss the insurer's counterclaim arising out of construction defects. Centrex Homes v. Zurich Specialties London Limited, et al., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77212 (D. Nev. May 19, 2017). Centrex, the general contractor, was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court largely denied the insurer's motion for summary judgment seeking a judgment of no coverage for snow removal and related property damage. Thurston Foods v. Wausau Bus. Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74935 (D. Conn. May... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found that the insured was entitled to a defense against claims for its alleged willful removal of coal from third parties' land. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co. v. Bizzack Constr, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70285 (W.D. Va. April... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Loss of the insured's home caused by a renter who demolished the home was covered under the homeowner's policy. Fisher v. Garrison Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2017 Idaho LEXIS 143 (Idaho May 26, 2017). The insured, Shammie L. Fisher,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Supreme Court held that a health insurer did not have subrogation rights against third-party tortfeasors who caused injury to its insureds. Yukumoto v. Tawarahara, 2017 Haw. LEXIS 92 (Haw. May 26 2017). Gregory Yukumoto was injured while driving... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Although the policy excluded pollution, the negligence that preceded the escape of the pollution was the efficient proximate cause, negating the impact of the pollution exclusion. Xia v. ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. RRG, 2017 Wash. LEXIS 443 (Wash. April 27,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Massachusetts Appeals Court determined that scallops damaged by a cause never determined by the underlying court was sufficient to establish an occurrence under the insured's CGL policy. The Hanover Ins. Group, Inc. v. Raw Seafoods, Inc., 2017 Mass App.... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's involvement in damaging a customer's corn syrup while preparing it to be transported was an occurrence and covered under the CGL policy. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. United States Container Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 6602... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Insurance Law Hawaii