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Oregon Supreme Court Clears Roadblock to Allow Policyholders to Recover Litigation Costs
In a decision issued yesterday, February 2, 2017, the Oregon Supreme Court reversed several lower-court decisions and held that a policyholder that is forced into litigation with its insurer can recover attorney fees if the insurer settles the case f...
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Washington Court Limits Coverage by Estoppel When Insured's Assets Are Not at Risk
Many tort lawsuits are resolved by an insured defendant’s stipulating to a judgment in favor of the plaintiff, and the plaintiff’s agreeing not to execute on the judgment against any of the defendant's assets except for its insurance.  Simulta...
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Montana: Insurer Breached Duty to Defend Even if Policyholder Was Defended by Another Insurer
The Montana Supreme Court issued a decision Thanksgiving week clarifying that when a policyholder is owed a defense by multiple general liability insurers, all of those insurers must participate in the defense, or risk severe penalties for breaching...
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Additional Insured Promises Mean Companies May Pay Twice for Employee Injuries
Most business owners understand that in exchange for paying premiums for workers compensation insurance, they get immunity from suit from their own injured employees.  This is usually referred to as the workers compensation "exclusive remedy": i...
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Oregon Employer Liability Ruling Highlights Importance of Additional Insured Status
Earlier this year the Oregon Supreme Court expanded the potential liability of contractors and others for injury to employees of others on a job site, making it more critical than ever for contractors to ensure that they have additional insured prote...
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If You Purchase Contaminated Property, Is It Covered?
Can a policyholder that knowingly purchases contaminated property be covered for the costs of cleaning up that property under policies of insurance issued before the purchase? Yes, according to a new unpublished decision from the Washington Court o...
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