Tag Archives: estoppel

Limitations Periods in Insurance Policies

Here are a few universal truths. If politicians can raise taxes, they will.  If lawyers can bill, they will. And if judges can find a way to help clear their docket, they will.  That last truth can create a serious problem for the unwary dealing with insurance claims. Many business property policies and homeowners’ policies … Continue Reading

When is a “reservation of rights” letter enforceable?

Lawyers and insurance companies are forever reserving their rights.  Sometimes I think it’s a reflex action against ever being forced to take an actual position.  But in the world of insurance coverage, “reservation of rights” letters do serve a function. Insurance companies fear that if they undertake the investigation or defense of a claim, for example, … Continue Reading

The statute of limitations for insurance claims

A couple of weeks ago, we got a nice result ($13 million verdict) following a three-month trial in BASF Catalysts, LLC v. Allstate Insurance Company, one of the last great complex environmental coverage beasts.  We had the pleasure of co-counseling the matter with Dave Oberdick and his team from the Pittsburgh, PA firm of Meyer, Unkovic … Continue Reading

Late payment of insurance premiums

My father-in-law (who worked for DeLorean Motors long ago) once told me that success in business was simply a process of accumulating whip marks.  Succeeding in the law is no different.  Here’s a whip mark I got a few months ago, and which you can avoid by always paying your insurance premiums on time.  I … Continue Reading
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