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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
Resolving a dispute on whether damage was limited to "that particular part of real property," the court found in favor of the insured for purposes of defending the claim. Nash St., LLC v. Main St. Am. Assur. Co., 2020 Conn.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Insurance Law Hawaii
A Florida federal district court denied the insurer's motion to dismiss the insured's COVID-19 business interruption claim despite the policy's virus exclusion. Urogynecology Specialist of Fla. LLC v. Sentinel Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 184744 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 24,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court found there was no diversity based upon joinder of the adjustor and granted the insured's motion for remand. Jada Rest. Grp., LLC v. Acadia Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163296 (W.D. Tex. Sept. 8, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Previously denying consolidation of all COVID-19 business interruption claims [post here], the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation allowed consolidation of one group of cases against Society Insurance Company while denying consolidation of four other groups of cases. In re Soc'y... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court in Michigan dismissed the insured chiropractor's loss of business income claim. Turek Enters. v. State Farm Mut. Auto, Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161198 (E.D. Mich. Sept. 3, 2020). Plaintiff was forced to close its... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A Florida dentist could not survive the carrier's motion to dismiss a business interruption claim due to closures for COVID-19. Martinez v. Allied Ins. Co. of Am., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165140 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 2, 2020). The court's Order... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A California federal district court dismissed the insured restaurant's civil authority claim after being ordered to close due to COVID-19. 10E, LLC v. Travelers Indemnity Co. of Connecticut, et al., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156827 (C.D. Calif. Aug. 28, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The insured's claim for business interruption losses due to COVID-19 was dismissed for failure to plead direct physical loss of or damage to property. Malaube LLC v. Greenwich Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 156027 (S.D. Fla. Aug 26, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court rejected a challenge to its diversity jurisdiction and rejected the insured's attempt to remand the COVID-19 claims back to state court. Vandelay Hospitality Group LP v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149196 (N.D. Tex.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Judge Ezra, formerly on the bench in Hawaii, dismissed a COVID-19 claim pursued by a Texas policy holder. Diesel Barbershop, LLC v. State Farm Lloyds, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147276 (W.D. Texas Aug. 13, 2020). Local and state officials in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court, District of Hawaii, found the insurer had a duty to defend allegations which included a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. AIG Prop. Cas. Co. v. Judgment, 2020 U.S. District. LEXIS 143485 (D. Haw. Aug.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
While the court denied summary judgment on whether the alleged damage was due to faulty workmanship and not covered, it granted summary judgment for dismissal of several business risk exclusions the insurer asserted against the developer. United Specialty Ins. Co.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Eleventh Circuit vacated the district court's grant of summary judgment to the insurer finding there was no duty to defend. Southern-Owners Ins. Co. v. Mac Contractors of Florida, LLC, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 23918 (11th Cir. July 29, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The district court refused to remand plaintiff's claim for business losses due to COVID-19 shut down orders. Mark's Engine Co. No. 28 Restaurant, LLC v. Traveler's Indem. Co. of Conn., 2020 US. District. LEXIS 132841 (C.D. Calif. July 27, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Despite barring the insured's expert witnesses from testifying as to the cause of the loss, lay witnesses were still available, making the district court's award of summary judgment to the insurer improper. Greater Hall Temple Church of God v. Southern... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
In the first noteworthy decision recognizing a possible business interruption claim due to the presence of COVID-19 and the associated closure orders, the insureds survived a motion to dismiss. Studio 417, Inc. v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court declined to exercise jurisdiction over the coverage action that was parallel to a case pending in state court involving the same parties and same issues pending. Navigators Ins, Co. v. Chriso's Tree Trimming, 2020 U.S. Dist.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied motions to centralize pretrial proceedings in pending COVID-19 business interruption claims. In re COVID-19 Business interruption Protection Insurance Litigation, 2020 U.S. District. LEXIS 144446 (Aug. 12, 2020). Plaintiff policy holders sought consolidation, contending... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
A D.C. Superior Court rejected a business interruption claim due to closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rose's 1, LLC v. Erie Ins. Exchange, Civil Case No 2020 CA 002424 B (Order dated Aug. 8, 2020). The decision is here.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
On July 30, 2020, the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) heard oral argument on the potential consolidation of all federal cases involving business interruption coverage relating to coronavirus and shut-down orders. A decision will be rendered in the near... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court remanded to state court a loss of rent claim because the amount in controversy requirement was not met. Geragos & Geragos Fine Arts Bldg., LLC v. Travelers Indemn. Co., 2020 U.S Dist. LEXIS 127427 (C.D. Cal.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The court found that the insurer had no duty to defend claims against the insured for faulty workmanship. HT Services, LLC v. Western Heritage Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123664 (D. Colo. July 10, 2020). Western Heritage Insurance Company... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
Rejecting that the underlying claim was based solely on faulty workmanship, the Third Circuit held the insurer had a duty to defend allegations of a malfunctioning product. Nautilus Ins. Co. v. 200 Christina Street Partners LLC, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The federal district court granted, in part, the insured's motion for summary judgment seeking coverage for a collapse of a church's ceiling. Derbyshire Baptist Church v. Church Mut. Ins. Co., 2020 U.S. Distl LEXIS 113346 (E.D. Va. June 29, 2020).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii
The Michigan Supreme Court held that under a CGL policy, an "accident" may include unintentional subcontractor work that damages the insured's work product. Skanska USA Building Inc. v. M.A.P. Mechanical Contractors, Inc., et al., 2020 Mich. LEXIS 1194 (Mich. June... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Insurance Law Hawaii