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Insurer Prejudiced by Insured’s Delay in Reporting Storm Damage Claim

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Texas law, recently affirmed summary judgment for an insurer in a case where the insured provided no explanation for its 19-month delay in reporting a hail damage claim, and the insurer disclaimed coverage for an inability to determine what damage occurred during its policy period .


ERISA Insurers Must Disclose the Policy’s Contractual Limitations Period

Last month, the First Circuit Court of Appeals helped balance the playing field for plan participants, holding that an ERISA insurer must advise a claimant of the policy’s limitations period before it will be enforced.


Excess Insurer Not Required to Drop Down Following Insolvency of Primary Insurer

The Montello case is an example of how courts will not rewrite excess liability insurance policies to provide coverage that the parties to the contract did not intend would be provided and for which a premium was not paid.

Articles »

Is There Coverage for Defective Work? A Short Question with a Long Answer

By David B. Applefeld

A trigger of coverage under the contractor’s commercial general liability policy not only affords the contractor a defense at the cost of its insurer, but also can provide an available source of funds to resolve the owner’s claim and/or pay an adverse judgment.


The Windsor Food Reality: You Don’t Always Get What You Think You Paid For

By Robert D. Chesler and Janine M. Stanisz

Many companies that purchase contamination products insurance policies believe that all of their product recall woes are covered. They could not be more wrong.


Making an Insured Whole Entails More Than a Patch Job

By Grace V. Hebbel and David G. Jordan

Discover how "replacement cost" coverage is often complicated by whether a repair can truly match damaged material that is in need of replacement.

Sound Advice »

audio Traps in Conflicts of Law

By John Bonnie

John Bonnie highlights some of the conflict of law rules, summarizes state laws, and shares examples of some of the unintended consequences of the rules. (12:45 min)


audio Coverage for Firearms-Related Claims

By Rina Carmel

The coverage issues for firearm-related claims have long been well established. In this Sound Advice, litigator Rina Carmel reviews what constitutes an occurrence and examines the main issues. (11:12 min)


audio Defining “Personal” in Personal Injury Coverage

By David Gauntlett

This clip considers whether liability insurance policies’ personal and advertising injury protection covers wrongs committed against both natural persons and organizations. (10:20 min)


audio Sandy Claims and Suit Limitation Clauses

By Nick Insua

A suit limitation clause provides that a cause of action or  law suit must be brought within a certain time period – depending on jurisdiction. Nick Insua explains the ins and outs of these situations. (8:47 min)


audio Improving Your D&O Policy?

By Sheri Pastor

Sheri Pastor describes enhancements and provisions that will help you when negotiating your next policy. (9:35 min)

audio Liquor Liability Coverage

By Laura Hanson

Laura Hanson outlines coverage issues that arise as a result of dram-shop laws. (14:25 min)

audio Joint-Venture Exclusions

By Ron Kammer

Listen as Ron Kammer details what qualifies as a joint-venture exclusion and what does not. (8:43 min)


Women in Insurance Conference 2016

Save the date for the 2016 Women in Insurance (WIN) Conference, sponsored by the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. After a two-year hiatus, the WIN conference is back! The conference will take place on October 20, 2016, in Washington, DC.  WIN’s goal is to combine a first-class substantive program with a terrific networking opportunity. Past conferences have drawn more than 100 attendees, including in-house risk management and claims professionals. Registration discounts for in-house personnel are available. Spread the word to your colleagues and clients.

Registration information will be available shortly on the ABA website.


Program Proposals Wanted:  We are currently soliciting program proposals for the conference. The conference will include both plenary and breakout sessions.  If you are interested in presenting a program, please complete the proposal form .  Proposals must be submitted by Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

 We look forward to seeing you in DC!


Papers Available from the 2016 Insurance Coverage CLE Meeting


Coverage: Spring 2016

The latest issue of Coverage is now available.

About Our Subcommittees

The ICLC has formed subcommittees to focus on diverse areas of substantive insurance coverage law and procedural aspects of insurance coverage litigation. All of our subcommittees are cochaired by lawyers who typically represent policyholders, paired with lawyers who typically represent insurance companies, an arrangement that provides balance, promotes collegiality, and assures lively dialogue.


Insurance Coverage Litigation Leadership

Cochairs Website Editor in Chief  

Angela Elbert

Chicago, IL

Laura Hanson

Minneapolis, MN

CLE Meeting Cochairs

John Bonnie

Atlanta, GA

Jodi Spencer Johnson

Cleveland, OH

Jamie Carsey

Houston, TX

Coverage Editor in Chief

Jason Mazer

Miami, FL

Social Media Editor in Chief

Katherine Mast

Los Angeles, CA