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COURT GRANTS EN BANC REHEARING IN BODY SHOPS’ INSURANCE ANTITRUST ACTION

The Eleventh Circuit voted to accept en banc rehearing in Quality Auto Painting Center of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indemnity Co., 870 F.3d 1262 (11th Cir. 2017), a decision we covered here last September. The now-vacated panel decision, authored by Judge Wilson, had reversed the dismissal of antitrust and state-law claims asserted by auto-body-shop owners against a number of...

Body Shops Can Proceed with Antitrust Claims Against Auto Insurers

A divided panel of the Eleventh Circuit has reversed the dismissal of antitrust and state law claims asserted by auto body shops against automobile insurers. Quality Auto Painting Ctr. of Roselle, Inc. v. State Farm Indem. Co., 2017 WL 3910750 (11th Cir. Sept. 7, 2017).  Senior Judge Lanier Anderson’s lengthy dissent and partial concurrence would have affirmed the dismissal of all of...

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...

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