Federal Appellate Courts Rule For Insurers On COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims
By Melinda S. Kollross
To date, four separate Federal Circuits have issued 7 decisions all holding for insurers on COVID-19 business interruption claims. A body of precedent is being built that can now be cited by the insurance industry at both the trial and appellate level in both state and federal court.
SCOTUS Holds Title 7 Protects Gay and Transgender Workers: Justice Neil Gorsuch Stays True To His Word That Words Are Dispositive In Judicial Decisions
There can be no clearer example of the application of the judicial philosophy of “textualism” than the decision authored by Justice Gorsuch in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga, 590 U.S. _ (No.
Using The Special Interrogatory In Illinois Civil Jury Trials—A Plan Of Action
The plaintiff ’s bar—especially the plaintiff’s personal injury bar—has been clamoring for years in Illinois to abolish the special interrogatory. Plaintiff’s lawyers don’t like the special interrogatory because it places a much needed check on a jury’s rendition of a general verdict.
Don Sampen Published in the Illinois State Bar Journal April 2019 Edition
Don Sampen, a partner in our Clausen Miller Appellate Practice Group, has an article in the April 2019 edition of the Illinois State Bar Journal entitled “How to Appeal Final Judgments in Ongoing Litigation”. Don discusses the various ways a judgment can be appealed while other matters remain pending in litigation.
Loss Payee ID’d in Certificate of Insurance Can Continue Claim
By Don R. Sampen, published, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin April 9, 2019
The U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Illinois recently held that a certificate of insurance issued by an
insurance broker identifying a loss payee for first-party coverage paved the
way for a potential claim against the broker for failing to communicate the
loss payee’s status to the insurer.
Clausen Miller Appellate and Subrogation Groups Team Up for Appellate Victory, Upholding Big Summary Judgment Win
The Clausen Miller Appellate Practice and Subrogation Groups teamed up for an appellate victory in the Illinois Appellate First District in Travelers Property Casualty Company of America v. Arcelormittal USA Inc. As previously reported,
Filed Rate Doctrine No Bar to Rate Claims
By Don R. Sampen, published, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin March 12, 2019
On certified questions, the 5th District Appellate Court recently held that the filed rate doctrine does not bar claims against an insurance company for deceptive and unfair business practices regarding automobile insurance rates.
Amy Paulus Named Leading Insurance Lawyer in Illinois for 2018
The Law Bulletin Publishing Company, through its subsidiary Leading Lawyers of Chicago, has named Clausen Miller Shareholder Amy Paulus a 2018 Top Insurance-Related Lawyer in Illinois.
Amy is the Liability Coverage and Reinsurance Practice Group Leader,
California Supreme Court Holds Landowner Not Liable for Obvious Danger it Does Not and Cannot Control
A landowner’s liability to its invitees hinges on whether or not a duty is imposed by law. But, mere ownership of property does not automatically equate to liability. Rather, in Vasilenko v.
No Defense Duty For Allegations That Merely “Relate” To Potential Coverage
An insurer’s duty to defend typically turns on the allegations of the underlying complaint against the insured. Sometimes those allegations contain statements that arguably could give rise to a defense obligation, but the statements are not the basis for the underlying claimant’s cause of action.