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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...

Direct Appeal from Bankruptcy Proceeding Transferred for Lack of Jurisdiction

Federal courts have struggled with the implications of Stern v. Marshall, 564 U.S. 462 (2011), and Wellness International Network, Ltd. v. Sharif, 135 S. Ct. 1932 (2015)—in which the Supreme Court held that the Constitution requires the parties’ consent before bankruptcy courts can finally adjudicate claims that neither “stem[] from the bankruptcy itself [n]or would necessarily be...

Revised Opinion Issued After EEOC Seeks En Banc Review of “Dreadlocks” Decision

As we reported here, the Eleventh Circuit rejected a claim for intentional racial discrimination against an employer that had banned “dreadlocks” from the workplace in EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions, 837 F.3d 1156 (11th Cir. Sept. 15, 2016). Apparently dissatisfied with that result, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a petition for rehearing en banc at the end...

Workplace Grooming Policy Against Dreadlocks Held Non-Discriminatory Under Title VII

Does enforcing a workplace policy against dreadlocks amount to intentional racial discrimination against a black or African American job applicant? Despite the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s endorsement of that theory, the Eleventh Circuit rejected its argument yesterday in EEOC v. Catastrophe Management Solutions (CMS), 2016 WL 4916851 (11th Cir. Sept. 15, 2016). The EEOC...

Eleventh Circuit Certifies Insurance Question to Florida Supreme Court

The Eleventh Circuit has asked the Florida Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a Florida alternative construction dispute resolution statute requiring notice of any construction disputes implicates an insurer’s duty to defend its insured against “suits.” The Florida legislature enacted Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes in 2003 “establishing a notice and repair process to resolve...