Evanston Insurance Co. v. Watts (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-200-14, 26 pp.) (Joseph Anderson Jr., J.) 3:13-cv-00655; D.S.C. Holding: Although plaintiff’s professional liability policy does not provide coverage to a man who assumed the identity of a doctor and practiced medicine ...Read More »
State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. v. Nivens (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-192-14, 23 pp.) (Margaret Seymour, Sr. J.) 0:12-cv-00151; D.S.C. Holding: Even though the defendant-homeowners classified their cattle-raising as a “business” for tax purposes so they could deduct their losses, ...Read More »
Insurance-Contract – Tort/Negligence – Bad Faith Refusal to Pay Insurance Benefits – Civil Practice – Insufficient Allegations
Advanced Pain Therapies, LLC v. Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-166-14, 10 pp.) (Mary Lewis, J.) 3:14-cv-00050; D.S.C. Holding: In its state-court complaint – removed to this court based on diversity jurisdiction – the plaintiff-medical practice alleges ...Read More »
Nationwide Insurance Co. of America v. Jackson (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-165-14, 5 pp.) (Bruce Howe Hendricks, J.) 4:14-cv-00273; D.S.C. Holding: The relief sought by plaintiff – a declaration of the parties’ rights under an insurance policy – is not unusual; ...Read More »
Williams v. Government Employees Insurance Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-096-14, 19 pp.) (Donald Beatty, J.) (Costa Pleicones, J., joined by John Kittredge, J., concurring in part & dissenting in part) Appealed from Richland County Circuit Court (George James Jr., J.) ...Read More »
Insurance – ERISA – Benefits Claim – Equity – Jury Demand – Accidental Dismemberment – Labor & Employment
Campbell v. Rite Aid Corp. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-148-14, 13 pp.) (Bruce Howe Hendricks, J.) 7:13-cv-02638; D.S.C. Holding: Since the complaint alleges a wrongful denial of benefits under 29 U.S.C. § 1132(a)(1)(B), plaintiff is not also entitled to equitable relief ...
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Insurance – Duty to Defend – Civil Practice – Declaratory Judgment – First Impression – Contribution
Auto-Owners Insurance Co. v. Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. of America (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-144-14, 15 pp.) (R. Bryan Harwell, J.) 4:12-cv-03423; D.S.C. Holding: Although plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment and the parties insured different risks, the court finds that ...
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Precision Walls, Inc. v. Liberty Mutual Fire insurance Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-084-14, 8 pp.) (Paul Short Jr., J.) Appealed from Greenville County Circuit Court (Letitia Verdin, J.) S.C. App. Holding: The “your work” exclusion in a commercial general liability ...Read More »
Robinson v. American General Life Insurance Co. (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-142-14, 5 pp.) (Joseph Anderson Jr., J.) 3:14-cv-01325; D.S.C. Holding: Since plaintiffs’ decedent agreed that insanity could not be used to avoid the suicide exclusion in his life insurance policy, ...Read More »
Insurance – CGL – Landlord/Tenant – Strip Mall – Fitness Center – Tort/Negligence – Personal Injury – Duties to Defend & Indemnify
Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. v. JCW Holdings, LLC (Lawyers Weekly No. 002-134-14, 16 pp.) (R. Bryan Harwell, J.) 4:12-cv-03271; D.S.C. Holding: Even though the same person owns both the defendant-landlord and a tenant-fitness center in the landlord’s strip mall, ...Read More »