Engaged by defense counsel as an insurance expert witness to evaluate whether a ship repairer had complied with vendor contract insurance requirements for Commercial General Liability. Dispute arose when a harbor patrol officer capsized an upgraded boat during sea trials, injuring several of the ship repairer’s employees, who eventually sued the City of Norfolk. Attorneys John Buford and Sara Bugbee, Hancock, Daniel & Johnson, P.C. City of Norfolk Virginia v. Willard Marine, Case Nos. 2:17-cv-00109 and 2:17-cv-00110 In United States District Court For The Eastern District of Virginia.
Category: Commercial General Liability
November 30, 2022David Deering
Engaged by policyholder’s defense counsel to analyze whether carrier actions constituted Insurance Bad Faith relative to assigning improper Workers Compensation and Commercial General Liability class codes and processing inaccurate premium audits. Case required analysis of carrier’s failure to determine and apply correct NCCI class codes for 4 years of audits and renewals. These deficiencies resulted in significant lost business opportunities due to wildly inaccurate NCCI Experience Modifiers 50-220% higher than actual, erratic premiums accounting, and disputes over revised audits premiums. Attorneys Lindsay Wright Brett, Brendan Cook and Lola Ojeniyi, Baker & McKenzie (713) 427-5000. Zurich v. TxEx Energy, Case No. 4:20-cv-3622 In United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division.
November 30, 2021David Deering
Engaged by policyholder counsel to review Insurance Agent Errors and Omissions standards of care for placing Commercial General Liability and/or Professional Liability coverage. Agent failed to recognize and address Advertising Injury exposures created by operations of the real estate firm policyholder which provided advertising and marketing services to developers and real estate entities. When policyholder was sued for “copyright Infringement” the claim was denied based on the Advertising Injury exclusion. Attorneys Andrea DeField and Austin Priddy, Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP, (305) 810-2500. Urban Living v. ISB Insurance Services, Case No. 202055546 In The 55th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas.
May 8, 2021David Deering
Engaged by Surplus Lines intermediary’s defense counsel to evaluate allegations of Agent Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith involving placement and renewal of a contractor’s Commercial General Liability policies. Analysis involved guardrail operations being excluded, multiple policies and additional insured issues. Litigation followed carrier’s claim denial for a vehicle accident involving guardrail repairs performed by the contractor. Attorney Tom Alleman, Dykema Gossett PLLC (214) 698-7830. Guerra v. US Risk, et al, Cause No. C-3634-18-B In The District Court of Hidalgo County, Texas 93rd Judicial District.
April 4, 2020Don Hirsch
Engaged by policyholder counsel to analyze Property and Business Income/Extra Expense coverage issues under Property, Docks & Piers and Excess Ocean Marine policies for two fire losses originating from a tenant’s dockside storage of wood pellets. Case included review of coinsurance issues, tenant’s status as a Dependent Property for Business Income loss plus carrier subrogation against tenant’s Commercial General Liability policy. Travelers (as subrogee of Port of Port Arthur) v. Texas Pellets, et al, Cause No. B-203,222 In 60th Judicial District Court, Jefferson County, Texas. Attorney Clint Brasher, Brasher Law Firm, PLLC. (409) 832-3737
September 3, 2019Don Hirsch
Retained by counsel defending a landlord policyholder against tenant allegations of injury due to negligence following an apartment complex fire loss. Policyholder provided suit papers to the agent, who in turn failed to forward same to carrier resulting in a default judgment being entered in favor of the tenant. Carrier denied coverage based on extreme prejudice for late claim reporting. Case required analysis of issues regarding Agents Errors & Omissions, Insurance Bad Faith and Commercial General Liability. Geier v. Stonewood Apartments v. The Sloan Agency, Case No. 1716-CV25412 In the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Kansas City. Attorney Wes Carillo, Ensz & Jester, PC, (816) 474-8010.
July 11, 2019Don Hirsch
Retained by counsel defending against a third-party landlord’s allegations of Agents Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith for ‘failure to procure’ additional insured status. Policyholder’s landlord alleged reliance on being a Certificate Holder on ACORD Certificates of Liability Insurance as grounds for being an additional insured under policyholder’s Commercial General Liability and Environmental Liability policies. Engagement required analysis of insurance requirements in the lease, scope of coverage for additional insureds and/or whether landlord ever requested being added as an additional insured. Landlord’s allegations also included Business Income Loss of Rents during site cleanup. HLT v. AssuredPartners, Case No. 1:18-cv-00045-RP, In The United States District Court For The Western District of Texas, Austin Division. Attorney Lisa Yerger, Macdonald Devin P.C. (214) 499-5116
January 12, 2019Don Hirsch
Retained by contractor’s defense counsel to review Commercial General Liability policy structure relative to insurance requirements listed in a Subcontract. Dispute involved Workers Compensation and a third party over action. Case required opinions regarding whether the Subcontractor’s policies complied with the Subcontract’s “Additional Insured” language. Moss v. J4 Development, Cause No. 2016DCV4519, In The 327th Judicial District Court of El Paso County, Texas. Attorney Jim Mounts, Ray McChristian & Jeans, PC (915) 832-7253
August 30, 2018Don Hirsch
Engaged by insurance agent’s defense counsel to analyze allegations of Insurance Agent Errors and Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith. Case involved multiple Commercial Auto policies, Commercial General Liability, Professional Liability and required analysis of coverage grants for loading/unloading. Dispute followed carrier claim denial due to vehicle in question not being described as a ‘Covered Auto’. Attorneys Amanda Harvey and Kayleigh Watson, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP (214) 698-8000. National Ambulance v. Hija Insurance Agency, et al. Cause No. 2016-52143 In 11th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas.
January 26, 2018Don Hirsch