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Language in Emergency Orders Gives Ammo to Plaintiffs in Business-Interruption Suits

Cities and counties across the country may have handed plaintiff’s attorneys an argument to use in lawsuits against insurers that seek business-interruption coverage for losses caused by coronavirus closure orders. Jurisdictions as far asunder as Los Angeles, Calif. and Key …

Honolulu Building Owners Locked in Tense Renovation Dispute

HONOLULU — The owners of adjacent Honolulu buildings are embroiled in a dispute over renovation work that has involved alleged property damage, personal safety hazards and a requested court injunction. A vacant, 12-story tower nicknamed the “pimple building” is being …

Beating The Statute of Limitations: Filing Suit is Only Half the Battle

We are frequently asked by clients to file suit in a case in which the statute of limitations expires in a matter of a day—even hours. In some cases, we are asked to file in order to toll an impending …

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Dispute Over 2007 California Wildfire Payouts

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a bid by Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric Co to recover $379 million from customers related to damages it was forced to pay out in litigation after the deadly …

Trespassing ATV Riders Irk, but Few Legal Places to Hide

MOOSIC, Pa. — The fence lining Jane Sterling’s property at the former Rocky Glen Park doesn’t prevent all-terrain vehicles ripping past her yard. It’s not uncommon for her to see as many as 60 ATVs a day riding near her …

‘Hail Protector’ Inventor Looks for Buy-in from Insurers

Mark Twain purportedly said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” An electronics engineer who moved to the Dallas area from Chicago decided that he had to do something about Texas’ stormy weather after both his …

Roof Torn off Cape Cod Hotel, as High Winds, Tornado Strike

YARMOUTH, Mass. — High winds and one radar-confirmed tornado ripped off a hotel roof, downed trees that blocked roads, and knocked out power to thousands on Cape Cod on Tuesday during the peak of tourist season. A tornado struck Yarmouth …

Federal Judge Issues Rare Summary Judgment Finding Insurer Acted in Bad Faith

A federal judge in Pennsylvania decided to skip the jury and ruled based on the facts presented in briefings that GuideOne Insurance acted in bad faith by sitting on a church’s property damage claim for six months. U.S. District Judge …

Massachusetts Utility Will Fund Repairs to Couple’s Water-Damaged Home

In more than 50 years, Edward and Eleanor Rogaishio say they never saw a drop of water seep into the basement of their Massachusetts home on Harrison Place. The property, which dates to about 1888, features a finished living space …

Copper Thieves Strike America’s Roadways

Just after midnight in September, a pickup truck struck and killed a 55-year-old woman crossing an intersection in a motorized wheelchair on a dark stretch of Kansas City, Missouri, highway. The streetlights had gone out there — after thieves stole …