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Washington law has long provided that "[a]n insured may not avoid an exclusion merely by affixing a specific label or characterization to the act or event causing the loss." Thomas V. Harris, Washington Insurance Law, § 6.10, fn. 179. That rule was recently put to the test before...
I have written before and no doubt will again that one of the most interesting aspects of insurance coverage law is that all the flotsam and jetsam of American economic life eventually washes up on its shores; by this, I mean that whatever issues of liability are working their way through the court...
You know, this is actually of more personal interest to me than it is probably of importance to insureds, insurers and their lawyers with regard to determining whether a duty to defend exists in a given case. That is because the rule reflected in the case I am about to tell you about is sensible,...
Colorado Court Employs Grammatical Approach to Determine Man-Made Earth Movement Not Excluded Under Earth Movement Policy Provision
If asked what an ordinary person might select for casual reading, one might think of books, magazines, or newspapers, but probably not insurance policies. If an ordinary person were to read an insurance policy, what would he or she think it meant? In states that employ the “reasonable...
An insured homeowner sought insurance coverage for the damage caused by a marijuana grow-operation carried out by the insured's tenants. The insured argued that a grow-op falls within coverage for vandalism or malicious acts. The...