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Is “occurrence” an ambiguous term?

There’s a famous (apocryphal?) story about Cato the Elder, one of the leaders of ancient Rome.  Cato was obsessed with destroying Carthage (now Tunis), the Roman Empire’s rival. He would end every speech (and apparently most conversations) with “Carthago delenda est” – Carthage must be destroyed.  The story goes that when Demosthenes (a prominent Greek … Continue Reading

Coverage for class action settlements

Here’s a fairly frequent scenario in the insurance world.  The carrier takes a “no- pay” position on a liability claim.  The policyholder settles the case and then seeks reimbursement from the carrier in a coverage suit.  What exactly does the policyholder have to prove in order to get paid?   In Fireman’s Fund v. Security Ins. … Continue Reading
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