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A Policy-Limits Demand Under Georgia Law May Require Timely Payment as a Condition of Settlement

In Grange Mutual Casualty Co. v. Woodard, 2017 WL 2819729 (11th Cir. June 30, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit applied the Georgia Supreme Court’s holding in Grange Mutual Casualty Co. v. Woodard, 797 S.E.2d 814 (Ga. 2017), to hold that an insurer’s failure to deliver payment within the time required by a policy-limits demand meant that there was no binding settlement between the parties....

When Choosing a Policy with a “Prior Acts” Exclusion, Buyer Beware

Bank directors ended up with no insurance coverage in Zucker v. U.S. Specialty Insurance Co., 2017 WL 2115414 (11th Cir. May 16, 2017).  The Eleventh Circuit, applying Florida law, applied a “prior acts” exclusion from D&O coverage to allegedly fraudulent transfers which were made after the policy’s inception date but which arose out of bank officers’ alleged misconduct before the...

Insurer Liable for Intoxicated Employee’s Accident Under General Permissive Use Clause

An employee may be covered by an employer’s auto insurance policy as a permissive user even though the employee violates a company policy prohibiting driving while intoxicated. The Eleventh Circuit, in Great American Alliance Insurance Co. v. Anderson, 2017 WL 521560 (11th Cir. Feb. 8, 2017), assessed conflicting cases under Georgia law, but determined that a general permissive use...

Florida STOLI policies have insurable interest

In consolidated Pruco Life Insurance Co. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2017 WL 360512 (11th Cir. Jan. 25, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit applied guidance from the Florida Supreme Court and held that Stranger-Originated Life Insurance (“STOLI”) policies have an “insurable interest” as required by Florida Statute § 627.404, so a standard contractual provision limiting challenges to the...

Defending Insurance Company Not Liable for Legal Expenses Its Insured Incurred Before Notifying Insurer

An insurer is not required to pay the legal fees its insured had incurred before notifying the insurer of the litigation, according to the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in EmbroidMe.com, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, 2017 WL 74694 (Jan. 9, 2017).  Applying Florida law, the court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the insurer. The insured...

Insurer Not Bound by Settlement That Insured Negotiated in Bad Faith

Under Florida law, a settlement may not be enforced against an insurer where its insured did not negotiate in good faith, thus failing to adequately represent the interests of the party that would ultimately have to pay the settlement. The Eleventh Circuit, in an opinion published November 17, 2016, Sidman v. Travelers Casualty & Surety, 2016 WL 6803034, affirmed the district...

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