Retained by carrier counsel as their Insurance Bad Faith and Property Insurance Expert relative to claims handling Customs and Practices. Case required underwriting expertise when moving coverage from an admitted market Inland Marine builders risk to a Surplus Lines vacant dwelling policy. Litigation resulted when large water loss claim was denied due to vacancy disclosures on the insurance application. Pennink, et al v. Lloyds, et al; Case 1:11-cv-00673-TDS-WWD, North Carolina Durham County In The General Court of Justice Superior Court Division File No. 11-CVS-5555. Attorney Jeremy Stephenson, McNair Law Firm, P.A. (704) 347-6456; Attorney Jon Dryer, Wilson Elser Attorneys (215) 606-3908.
Construction / Contractors Cases
May 1, 2013admin
Engaged by policyholder counsel as its Commercial General Liability and Pollution Liability expert relative to Insurance Bad Faith claims handling. Environmental contamination resulted from a pipeline valve failure, requiring site remediation. Litigation resulted following carrier’s denial of the pollution claim based on alleged late reporting. Arrow Pipeline v. National American Insurance Co., et al; Case No. CJ-2012-00313 In the District Court of Tulsa County, State of Oklahoma. Attorney Mark Blongewicz, Hall Estill Attorneys (918) 594-0400.
April 1, 2013admin
Engaged by carrier’s defense counsel as their Workers Compensation expert. Carrier and third party administrator were enjoined in litigation between policyholder and agent following a fatality injury to an out of state employee. Case involved allegations of Agent Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith relative to “Other States Insurance”, Construction agreements and Certificates of Insurance. Factory Sales and Engineering v. Ellsworth Corporation, et al; Docket No. 2007-15870 Division “D”, 22nd Judicial District Court for the State of Louisiana, Parish of St. Tammany. Attorneys for carrier Heather Blackburn & Janice Unland, Rabalais, Unland, & Lorio, (985) 893-9900.
June 1, 2011admin
Engaged by counsel for third party seeking recovery for construction defect claims. Case required coverage analysis of contractor’s Commercial General Liability in contrast to manufacturer’s Products Liability as well as Insurance Bad Faith in regards to carrier claims handling practices. Mid-Continent Casualty v. Advantage Buildings, et al, Case No. 1016-CV21855, Circuit Court of Jackson County Missouri at Kansas City. Attorney David Schatz, Husch Blackwell, LLP , (816) 329-4707.
April 1, 2011admin
Engaged by policyholder’s counsel seeking coverage for construction defect claims. Case involved aspects of Agent Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith resulting from placement of Commercial General Liability and Products Liability Insurance coverage. Central to the dispute were allegations against the agent of failure to disclose material facts. Sanderson v. JDW Insurance, Cause No. 2009-3145, 120th Judicial District Court, El Paso County, Texas. Attorney Jim Martinez, James A. Martinez, P.L.L.C. (317) 637-0700.
February 1, 2011admin
Engaged by contractor’s attorney to analyze contractual liability claim denial under Products Liability Insurance. Case involves Agents Errors & Omissions, Surplus Lines, Commercial General Liability, and aspects of Insurance Bad Faith resulting from questionable Certificates of Insurance. Cause No. 2009-65915; High Tech Plumbing v. Colony Insurance Company, et al. In the 127th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas. Attorney Kelly Prather, Greenwood Prather Law Firm, (713) 333-3200.
August 1, 2010admin
Designated by counsel for insured as Commercial Auto, Commercial Umbrella , and Agent Errors & Omissions expert. Case required analysis regarding failure to procure, non-owned autos, contractor’s liability, and additional insured endorsements. Allegations included Insurance Bad Faith. Attorney Charles Fairchild (816) 500-0280. MWR Contractors v. Becker Lassen Insurance Agency, Case No. 07BA-CV 01477 In Circuit Court of Boone County Missouri at Columbia.
June 1, 2009admin
Designated as Commercial Auto Insurance expert by counsel for policyholder. Case required expertise in Hired and Nonowned auto coverage, contractual liability, additional insureds and Commercial Umbrella policies. Pleadings involved issues of Agent Errors & Omissions and Insurance Bad Faith. Mick White Renovations v. Affordable Insurance Services, et al; Case No. K.S.A. Chapter 60, In District Court of Johnson County, Kansas. Attorney Charles Fairchild (816) 500-0280.
June 1, 2009admin
Retained by plaintiff counsel to provide analysis regarding Agent Errors & Omissions & Risk Manager Standard of Care. Litigation resulted after denial of a large “Construction Defect (Contractors Rework/Rip & Tear)” claim under an OCIP (Owner Controlled Insurance Program). Claim was denied under Commercial General Liability and Commercial Umbrella Insurance. Roy Anderson Corporation v. Sawyer-Foster Insurance, et al; Circuit Court Harrison County Mississippi, First Judicial District, Case No. A2401-07-215. Attorneys Paul T. Benton & Tricia Beale (228) 432-0305.
September 1, 2007admin
Defense counsel engagement regarding alleged Insurance Bad Faith placement of a loss sensitive insurance program and carrier’s claim reserve methodology. Case required expertise in Commercial General Liability, Workers Compensation, Agent Errors & Omissions. Attorneys Leland de la Garza and David Tabor – Shackelford, Melton & McKinley, LLP (214) 780-1400 Lauren Engineers and Contractors, Inc. v. Hilb Rogal, and St. Paul Insurance , 104th District Court, Taylor County, TX, Cause # 23376-B.
February 1, 2007admin