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Subrogation
A recent federal case provided an excellent example that not all supposed waivers of subrogation are, in fact, waivers. In National Surety Corp., et al. v. Bozeman, 2022 WL 953053, No. 1:20-cv-01187-WJM-GPG (D. Colo. March 30, 2022), National Surety filed a subrogation action alleging the defendant – the owner of the unit where the fire...
Frequently, freight brokers attempt to deny subrogation claims for cargo damaged in transit on a truck by arguing that they are accorded broker status and do not have the same strict liability as a “Motor Carrier” under The Carmack Amendment.  However, a recent action by the United States Supreme Court this summer supports subrogated insurers...
If you are handling or investigating any water losses due to the failure of certain Viking brand VK457 sprinkler heads, you may be able to benefit from a class action settlement. As you may be aware, a class action suit, entitled Jackson, et al. v. Viking Group, Inc., et al., No. 8:18-cv-02356-PJM (D. Md.), was brought...
As stated by Justice Abella in Sable Offshore Energy Inc. v. Ameron International Corp., “a Pierringer Agreement allows one or more defendants in a multi-party proceeding to settle with the plaintiff and withdraw from the litigation, leaving the remaining defendants responsible only for the loss they actually caused. There is no joint liability with the...
There are many challenges to subrogation recovery when the fire originates at a neighboring property.  To assist with the challenge of pursuing liability, one tip is to look for evidence supporting the fire spread theory.  In some jurisdictions, common law negligence claims and code violations are allowed to hold the property owner or property manager...
At one time or another, most subrogation professionals have struggled to track down an actual or alleged independent contractor involved with some scope of work relating to a loss.  In some cases, we also find that defenses are being raised that someone was an independent contractor versus a direct employee.  Often, we have to rely...
Litigants in New York now face new requirements for the production of liability insurance information at the onset of a civil action. The “Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act” (the “Act”) was signed into law by New York Governor Kathy Hochul on December 31, 2021. This legislation alters C.P.L.R. § 3101(f) with new requirements for defendants, third-party...
A 2021 opinion by a Washington State appellate court provided additional guidance on how plaintiffs may avoid the “public duty doctrine” defense in lawsuits against government entities. Norg v. City of Seattle (No. 80836-2-I), involved a wife who called 9-1-1 after her husband suffered a heart attack. She provided the Seattle Fire Department with the...
Investigating subrogation claims for property damage involves assessing a handful of key elements: (1) identifying the cause and origin of the loss; (2) ascertaining third-party targets; and (3) assessing whether a viable claim and recovery exists against those targets. The third element takes many forms, including determining the applicability of state laws to the third-party’s...
Attorneys from Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation Practice, Howard Maycon, Kevin Bush, and Tom Regan, have been selected by their peers for recognition of professional excellence in litigating subrogation matters, and will be highlighted in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation Team is comprised of the very best talent, litigators and...
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