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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 court found that the construction manager was an additional insured under the contractor's policy. Turner Constr. Co. v. Navigators Ins. Co., 2015 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 2704 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. July 23, 2015). The owner hired two contractors, Enclos Corp.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that the project owner's general partner was not an additional insured entitled to a defense and indemnity against claims for construction defects. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v,. Cypress Fairway Condo. Ass'n, 2015 U.S. Dist.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that the insurer was not entitled to summary judgment in seeking a determination that a hotel was not the additional insured under its elevator repair company's policy. Aspen Spec. Ins. Co. v. Ironshore Indem. Inc., 2015 N.Y.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit determined that filing an interpleader action in the face of multiple claims against the policy holder did not constitute bad faith. Purscell v. Tico Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10438 (8th Cir. June 22, 2015). Ben... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's award of summary judgment to the insurer after analyzing the known loss provision in the insured subcontractor's policy. Kaady v. Mid-Continent Cas. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 10754 (9th Cir. June 25, 2015).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal offered a primer in the appraisal process in reversing the trial court's confirmation of the appraisal award. Lee v. California Capital Ins. Co., 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 530 (Cal. Ct. App. June 18, 2015). A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In a dispute between two insurers, the district court determined that the contractor was not an additional insured under the subcontractor's policy. Navigators Spec. Ins. Co. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79338 (N. D.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court's determination that cosmetic damage to the insured's roof was covered. Advance Cable Co., LLC v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9805 (7th Cir. June 11, 2015). The insured submitted a claim... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court applied California law to find there was no coverage when the subcontractor was sued for broken tiles on a project. Am. Home Assur. Co. v. SMG Stone Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75910 (N. D. Cal.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that there was a duty to defend allegations that included sexual assault. Med. Malpractice Joint Underwriting Ass'n of R.I. v. Charlesgate Nursing Ctr., 2015 R.I. LEXIS 76 (R.I. June 5, 2015). A resident of Charlesgate alleged that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A Builders Risk policy's ensuing loss exception to the exclusion for defective design was held inapplicable. Performing Arts Cmty. Improvement Dist. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 71592 (W. D. Mo. June 3, 2015). Plaintiff oversaw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The First Circuit reversed the district court's denial of the insureds' claim for coverage despite not being able to locate the actual policy. Cardigan Mt. School v. N.H. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8725 (1st Cir. May 27, 2015).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit determined that a mudslide destroying the insureds' home may be covered as a direct loss due to fire that preceded the mudslide. Stankova v. Metro. Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 8935 (9th Cir.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In response to a certified question from the Ninth Circuit, the Washington Supreme Court recently found that collapse in a property policy means "substantial impairment of structural integrity." Queen Anne Park Homeowners Ass'n v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co.,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's denial of the insured's request for independent counsel. Centex Homes v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co., 237 Cal. App. 4th 23 (Cal. Ct. App. 2015). Centex, a developer of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's claim for flood coverage was denied when the insurer refused to accept an adjuster's report submitted without a proof of loss. Jackson v. Fid. Nat'l Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66589 (E.D. La. May 21, 2015). Plaintiff's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In responding to a certified question from the U.S. Distric Court, the Hawaii Supreme Court determined that an excess carrier can sue the primary carrier for failure to settle a claim in bad faith within primary limits. St. Paul Fire... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court determined that a policy's loss payment provision did not bar a post-loss assignment. One Call Prop. Servs. v. Sec. First Ins. Co., 2015 Fl. App. LEXIS 7643 (Fla. Ct. App. May 20, 2015). After One Cell performed emergency... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A signed work proposal and unsigned agreement were sufficient to create a "written agreement" to create coverage to the contractor as an additional insured. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. DJW-Ridgeway Bldg. Consultants, Inc., 2015 Ill. App. LEXIS 391 (Ill.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit found that a pollution endorsement did not cover the cost of retrieving oil barrels that did not discharge pollutants. Guam Industrial Services, Inc. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9045 (9th Cir. June 1,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the trial court's ruling that the insurer had a duty to defend a construction defect case. West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. Pulte Home Corp., 2015 Ill App. Unpub. LEXIS 1039 (Ill. Ct. App. May... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Sixth Circuit rejected the insurer's claim for reverse bad faith against its insured who made a fraudulent claim after her home was destroyed by fire. State Auto Property and Cas. Ins. Co. v. Hargis, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 7475... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Indiana Supreme Court reversed summary judgment issued to reinsurer Continental Casualty Company (CNA) and determined it must reimburse the insured for settlement costs under the E & O policy. Wellpoint, Inc., et al. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The 2015 Hawaii legislative session passed three insurance-related bills which have all been signed by the governor. Bills that have been enacted are the following: SB0589 - We previously devoted this post to the legislation. The bill provides relief for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii
While some of their claims were dismissed, plaintiffs' breach of fiduciary duty survived the insurer's motion to dismiss. Senft v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61870 (D. N.J. May 12, 2015). Plaintiffs' waterfront home was insured by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Insurance Law Hawaii