Posts from June 2015.
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On May 27, 2015, the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Cardigan Mountain School v. New Hampshire Ins. Co., CV 14-2182, 2015 WL 3393771 (1st Cir. May 27, 2015), held that the policyholder, sufficiently pled a plausible case that an insurance policy had been issued by New Hampshire Insurance Company for the period 1967–1968, even though neither party could locate the policy.  The decision demonstrates a favorable application of the “plausibility” pleading standard articulated by the Supreme Court in Ashcroft v. Iqbal and Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, in the murky context of a lost insurance policy case.

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The Eleventh Circuit recently ruled, applying Alabama law, that a breach of warranty claim constitutes an “occurrence,” triggering coverage under a general liability insurance policy, and that the policy’s contractual liability exclusion does not bar coverage from any resulting liability. See Pa. Nat’l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. St. Catherine of Siena Parish, No. 14-12151, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 9659 (11th Cir. June 10, 2015). The decision underscores that coverage exclusions must be construed narrowly and in favor of coverage, and that insurers must use precise language when they seek to exclude coverage for a particular type of exposure.


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