U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals News

Refusal to Settle for $2M Costs Ace Nearly $8M in Suit by Excess Insurer

The defense team for Chubb Group’s Ace American Insurance Co. was confident that no jury would award more than $2 million in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Mark Braswell, who died on May 16, 2014 when …

Lloyd’s May Proceed With Defect Claim Against Manufacturer for Oil Rig Blowout

A federal appellate court revived products liability claims filed by an offshore oil rig operator and its insurer against the manufacturer of a blowout prevention device that failed to prevent a catastrophic blowout that caused $70 million in damages. The …

5th Circuit Rejects Assertion that Drunken Driving Equals Intention to Crash

If a drunken motorist collides with another vehicle, can the incident truly be called an accident? A federal judge in Texas said “no” and dismissed a plaintiff’s lawsuit seeking punitive damages from Cincinnati Insurance Co. On Tuesday, the U.S. 5th …