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Federal Appeals Court Finds Luxury Condo Owner’s Suit Filed too Late Against Insurer

A luxury high rise condominium located in Las Vegas, Nevada, was found to have been barred from recovery of its $5 million window damage claim, according to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. The …

Some Knowledge Isn’t Enough to Trigger Known-Loss Exclusion

The purpose of insurance is to protect insureds against unknown, fortuitous risks, and the purpose of insurance policies is not to insure liability incurred prior to the policy issuance. Because of this, modern general liability policies often contain a known-loss …

Florida Federal Appeals Court Won’t Reconsider Cruise Malpractice Ruling

A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider a decision that opens the door for cruise ship passengers to sue for medical malpractice. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week rejected a bid by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines …

Federal Appeals Court Rules Officers Can’t be Sued for North Dakota Shooting

Three law enforcement officers who shot a Jamestown man after he came out of his apartment carrying a shotgun did not use excessive force and should not face legal action for the 2010 incident, a federal appeals court says. Michael …

Federal Appeals Court Reaffirms BP Liability in Gulf Oil Spill

A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions …

Foreigners Denied Whistle-Blower Protections

Foreign whistle-blowers who work for overseas companies can’t be protected from retaliatory firings for disclosing conduct that happens abroad, a federal appeals court held. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan found in a case involving Siemens AG that an …

Court Orders Travelers to Pay Over $500M in Asbestos Case

A federal appeals court ordered Travelers Cos Inc to pay more than $500 million to thousands of asbestos victims in a case stemming from the insurer’s coverage of Johns-Manville Corp, an insulation maker that spent six years in bankruptcy during …

Federal Appeals Court Rules BP Oil Spill Claims Payments Must Continue

A federal appeals court panel says BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A three-judge panel ruled 2-1 on Wednesday …

Louisiana Court Rules U.S. Courts Can Handle Chinese Drywall Suits

U.S. courts have jurisdiction over claims that a Chinese drywall company’s defective product wrecked homes, and a company that failed to show up in court must pay $2.7 million for damage to seven Virginia couples, a federal appeals court in …

U.S. Court: Coast Guard Boater Rescues Not Required

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a North Carolina widow’s lawsuit blaming the Coast Guard for failing to save her husband’s life, saying the agency does not have a legal obligation to launch life-saving rescues. The 4th U.S. Circuit …