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Very little in today’s “flat,” hyper-connected world moves without some form of insurance. From a simple concept hatched at Lloyd’s Coffee House in 1690s London to possibly the most critical business on the planet, today’s defense of insurers and their insureds is no simple matter.

For nearly 35 years Wilson Elser has been closely aligned with the insurance industry, influencing the way it does business, from the clarity of the language in its policies to the types of products it offers to its expansion into every industry. We have been in the business of helping public and private-sector clients identify and prevent exposures and, if they occur, capably managing reaction and recovery. This is our heritage and remains among our greatest strengths.  The attorneys of Wilson Elser have the depth and breadth of experience to handle virtually every type of case – from a small claim to the most complex legal matter and all the transactional and jurisdictional issues in between.

As some of the world’s most discriminating buyers of legal services, our clients increasingly look to work with integrated “teams” that can advance their business objectives. We accommodate them through a dynamic operating model that draws on the collective experience and resources of the entire firm in realizing desired legal outcomes. Ever mindful of the increasing economic pressures under which our clients conduct their businesses, we are committed to resolving claims quickly and efficiently. Our practice attorneys regularly access centralized resources and firmwide talent. This type of collaboration frequently spawns innovative and cost-effective solutions to our clients’ most complex legal issues.

We scrupulously attend to every detail in preparing to defend our clients. This is the hallmark of our Insurance Defense attorneys and the principal reason for our enviable track record of success.


 
 
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Illinois Appeals Court Rejects Application of Absolute Pollution Exclusion to Claim for Unpleasant Odors Emanating from Hog Farm Manure
Loren S. Cohen,Jacob R. Graham,Carl J. Pernicone, January 03, 2014
In Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Hilltop View, LLC, 2013 IL App (4th) 130124, an intermediate Illinois appeals court held that the absolute pollution exclusion in an umbrella policy did not preclude coverage for a claim by neighbors for unpleasant manure odors arising out of the...

New Jersey Court of Appeals: Discovery Related to Bad Faith Claims Should Be Stayed Pending Resolution of Insurance Claims for UM/UIM Benefits
Kim M. Connor,Thomas F. Quinn, December 20, 2013
On November 21, 2013, in Procopio v. Government Employees Insurance Company, a/k/a and d/b/a GEICO, Docket No. A23-1-12T2, an intermediate New Jersey appeals court held that in a pending uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage case, a policyholder may not file a complaint...

Exclusion Requested by First Named Insured and Contained in the Prior Policy Is Binding on All Named Insureds, Even Those Unaware of the Exclusion
Carl J. Pernicone,Robert E. Rider, December 13, 2013
In Berkhouse v. Great American Assurance Co., Case no. 13-0264, November 22, 2013, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals rejected the argument by an injured party in a third-party declaratory judgment suit that an umbrella policy’s liquor liability exclusion unknown to a named insured...

Everyone Can Find Reasons to Give Thanks for 2013 California Coverage Opinions
Louis H. Castoria, November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is one day when the whole family gets together and sets aside petty differences to give thanks to the Almighty for the bounty we enjoy.

Duty to Settle Absent a Demand? California Court Says No
Patrick M. Kelly,D. Victoria LaBrie,James A. Stankowski, November 19, 2013
The California Court of Appeal in Reid v. Mercury Insurance Company [(2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 262 (rehearing denied November 6, 2013)] found no California authority “standing for the proposition that there is a duty to settle when there is a claim that is vastly in excess of the policy limits...

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim against Insurer for Indemnification or a Defense for a Privacy Claim under a Professional Liability Policy
Richard L. Reiter, November 14, 2013
On October 22, 2013, in The Zodiac Group, Inc. v. Axis Surplus Insurance Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of The Zodiac Group’s (Zodiac’s) claim against its insurer for indemnification or a defense under a...

Court Confirms the Limited Duty of an Insurance Broker to Procure Only Coverage Requested by the Insured
John R. Clifford,Edward P. Garson,Ian A. Stewart, November 11, 2013
Recently, in San Diego Assemblers v. Work Comp for Less Insurance Services, Inc. (October 4, 2013, CA Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District), the court upheld the granting of summary judgment on behalf of a broker on the grounds that it breached no legal duty to its client. The court rejected...

New York Court of Appeals: Vandalism Coverage under “Named Peril” Property Policy Can Apply Even When Malicious Act Is Not Directed at Covered Property
Judith Zuckerman Frantz, November 11, 2013
In a case with broad implications for property owners near construction sites (Georgitsi Realty, LLC v. Penn-Star Insurance Company, No. 156, October 17, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals has opened the door to broad first-party property damage coverage for losses emanating from nearby...

Recent Court Decisions Concerning Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Can Assist Insurers in Defending Regulatory Audits and Future Litigation
William T. Bogaert,Sandy M. McDermott, November 11, 2013
Perhaps the most significant litigation, regulatory and compliance issues facing life insurance companies can be found in the unclaimed property audits, multi-state regulatory settlements and class action lawsuits surrounding unclaimed life insurance benefits. With the assistance of third-party...

A Superstorm Sandy Retrospective: How the Actions of New York Regulators May Shape Responses to Future Natural Disasters
Sandy M. McDermott,Carl J. Pernicone,Frederick J. Pomerantz,Stacey B. Rowland, November 05, 2013
A year after Superstorm Sandy came ashore, the New York Department of Financial Services (Department) issued Circular Letter No 8 of 2013 to inform New York licensed property/casualty insurers of the regulatory standards they should expect to encounter the next time a federal or state disaster...