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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 predicted that business interruption caused by smoke from a nearby wildfire would be covered under Oregon law. Oregon Shakespeare Festival Assoc. v. Great Am. Ins.. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74450 (D. Ore. June 7, 2016).... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insurer unsuccessfully moved for a determination that it had no duty to defend a public adjuster. Singer v. Continental Cas. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82286 (E.D. Pa. June 24, 2016). Plaintiffs in the underlying action alleged that the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
Distinguishing its seminal case on coverage for construction defects, Weedo v. Stone-E-Brick, Inc., 81 N.J. 233 (1979), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that rain damage to the building caused by a subcontractor's faulty workmanship constituted "property damage" and an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
My colleagues Rina Carmel, Karin Aldama and I authored an article entitled, "Determining Whether and When the Duty to Defend Ends." The article appears in the current edition of Coverage, published by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal magistrate predicted that the Oregon appellate courts would not adopt the owner-claimant rule, restricting recovery under the policy to the time period during which the insured owned the property. Am. States Ins. Co. v. PIH Beaverton LLC, 2016... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Court granted the insurer's motion to dismiss because the injury occurred after the policy period had expired. Goins v. C&S Global Imports, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79160 (W.D. Ky. June 17, 2016). Plaintiff James Goin visited the site... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court granted the insurer's motion to dismiss a lessor's complaint seeking coverage because the lessor was not insured under the lessee's policy. Dynasty Int'l LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78443 (N.D. Ind. June 16, 2016).... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The First Circuit Court of Appeals certified questions to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) on whether the insurer's duty to defend required paying for the insured's pursuit of counterclaims. Mount Vernon Fire Ins. Co. v. VisionAid, Inc., 2016 U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii federal district court confirmed its prior holdings that there is no duty to defend or indemnify for property damage caused by faulty workmanship. State Farm Fire & Cas Co. v. GP West, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74240... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The California Supreme Court considered whether the calculation for punitive damages may include attorneys' fees expended to obtain benefits determined after the jury has rendered its punitive damages verdict. Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Ins. Co., 2016 Cal. LEXIS 3757 (Cal.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Iowa Supreme Court held that property damage caused by a subcontractor's defective work was an "occurrence." Nat'l Sur. Corp. v. Westlake Invs., LLC, 2016 Iowa LEXIS 71 (Iowa June 10, 2016). In 2002, the insureds, the developers and general... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's claim that the insurer improperly refused to provide a supersedeas bond was rejected by the federal district court. James River Ins. Co. v. Interlachen Property Owners Ass'n v. Kuepers Constr., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71825 (D. Minn. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured successfully remanded the case back to state court when the insurer could not substantiate that the amount in controversy would exceed $75,000. Puente v. State Farm Lloyds, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 58103 (S.D. Texas March 28, 2016). The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Hawaii Supreme Court vacated the decision of the Intermediate Court of Appeals [see prior post here] and determined that a subcontractor did not have a duty to defend the developer upon tender under an indemnify provision in the parties'... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit rejected the policyholder's appeal on the ambiguity of a subsurface water exclusion. Bull v. Nationwide Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 9703 (8th Cir. May 27, 2016). Michael Bull, the insured, experienced a leak from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the jury verdict which determined that the insurer acted in bad faith for failing to settle within policy limits. Bamford, Inc. v. Regent Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 8787 (8th Cir. May 13, 2016). In... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Ninth Circuit held that the insurers' duty to defend did not cease after the insured submitted its response to the EPA in a section 104 (e) letter. Ash Grove Cement Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. App.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Considering certified questions from the federal district court, the Arkansas Supreme Court followed a prior decision in deciding there was no coverage for property loss caused by faulty workmanship based solely on breach of contract. Columbia Ins. Group, Inc. v.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Minnesota Court of Appeals enforced the policy's anti-assignment provisions for the assignment of no-fault insurance claims to a medical provider. Stand Up Multipositional Advantage MRI, P.A. v. Family Ins. Co., 2016 Minn. App. LEXIS 24 (Minn. Ct. App. April... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Montana Supreme Court found that policy language defining "accidents may include intentional acts." Employers Mut. Cas. Co. v. Fisher Builders, Inc., 2016 Mont. LEXIS 269 (Mont. Sup. Ct. April 19, 2016). Jerry and Karen Slack hired Fisher Builders to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The district court ruled that there was no duty to defend the purported additional insured because a purchase order did not invoke additional insured status. Fed. Signal Corp. v. Tammcor Indus., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47574 (N.D. Ill. April 7,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Applying Illinois law, the federal district court ruled that there was no coverage for the insured's settlement of claims based upon breach of the implied warranty of habitability. Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Metro North Condo. Ass'n, 2016... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court's holding that data breach claims were a covered publication. Travelers Indem. Co. of Am. v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, L.L.C., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6554 (4th Cir. April 11, 2016). A class-action complaint was... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Reliance on the policy's "other insurance" provision did not excuse the insurer from contributing to the defense of a common insured. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds v. Arch Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 Ca. App. LEXIS 275 (Cal. Ct. App. April 11,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The South Carolina Court of Appeals found there was no coverage for an inverse condemnation action based upon the policy's pollution exclusion. South Carolina Ins. Reserve Fund v. E. Richland County Public Service District, 2016 S. C. App. LEXIS 32... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Insurance Law Hawaii