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Legal and Evidentiary Issues
Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services, Inc., the art warehousing subsidiary of the leading auctioneer company, Christie’s, has succeeded in obtaining a dismissal of negligence and breach of contract claims asserted by the property insurer of a trust which owned the extensive art collection of a deceased wealthy member of the Rothschild banking family. The art...
As most attorneys involved in civil litigation are aware, Rule 26(b)(4) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was amended in 2010 to “address concerns about expert discovery.” ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOTES TO 2010 AMENDMENTS. Specifically, the Advisory Committee was concerned about the “undesirable effects” of “routine discovery into attorney-expert communications and draft reports.” Id. Therefore,...
It is often lamented that the amount of liability that can be assessed to a defendant in a subrogation matter is inversely proportional to their ability to satisfy a judgment. The easier it is to prove a defendant is responsible, the higher the chances the defendant doesn’t have the coverage or assets to pay for...
All too often, claims that would otherwise have strong potential for recovery via subrogation cannot be pursued due to issues that arise shortly following a loss. Too many times, hope for recovery is lost because of evidentiary issues or expired limitation periods. As we near year’s end and begin to reflect on the year, here...
ICYMI: Social Media has Revolutionized the Gathering, Sharing and Publication of Information both Newsworthy and Non-Newsworthy. The use of social media posts authored by members of the public and casual observers to describe news-as-it-happens is prominent even among traditional media outlets. Social media posts, as we know (I do not want to belabor this), have...
In National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford a/s/o RX Plus Pharmacy Corp. v. Fair Only Real Estate Corp., Index No., 157143, Judge Nancy M. Bannon of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County, denied defendant’s motion pursuant to CPLR 3126 to dismiss the plaintiff’s claim for damages for injury to...
Too often in cases involving stolen property, subrogating carriers do not look any further than the actual thieves for potential subrogation targets. For a variety of reasons, even if they are identified and apprehended, the thieves may not be viable subrogation targets. However, where the sale of the stolen property can be traced, you may...
Writing Contentions: Every student learns how to “IRAC” in law school, and every lawyer hears repeated lectures from professors, judges, and veteran attorneys on the importance of effective brief writing. All that you have heard and learned should still be utilized in your contention writing for Intercompany Arbitration Forums. Your efforts should not be lowered...
Your standard case involves a loss caused by an insured party. Whether or not that party is actively participating, the carrier is bound by its duty to defend (as defined by California Insurance Code section 533.5(c)), and at least the policy limits can be up for grabs. Of course, in order for that carrier to...
  On February 27, 2015, District Judge Joanna Seybert of the Eastern District of New York issued a significant and informative Decision on the issue of striking a defendant’s affirmative defenses in Allstate Ins. Co. v. Long Island Power Authority, 14-CV-0444, NYLJ 1202719533249 (E.D.N.Y., Decided February 27, 2015). The decision discusses the legal standard for...
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