Jonathan Schapp

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Insurers’ Duty of Good Faith Continues After the Filing of a Lawsuit

In  Am. Nat’l Prop. & Cas. Co. v. Stutte, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55280 (E.D. Tenn. Apr. 28, 2015),  a federal court in Tennessee recently ruled that a finding of bad faith can be based on decisions made by the insurer after a declaratory action has been filed. The claim at issue in this litigation related to the loss of the insured’s home in a fire. The insured made a claim on their policy and the subsequent investigation into the circumstances of the
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Settlement of Ill-Gotten Gains Suit Does Not Constitute Repayment or Restitution

On Tuesday, December 16, in U.S. Bank Nat. Ass’n v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2014 WL 7183851 (D. Minn. Dec. 16, 2014), the US District Court for the District of Minnesota granted US Bank’s summary judgment motion, finding insurance coverage in an overdraft-fee dispute settlement. The three underlying class action lawsuits were filed against US Bank National Association and US Bancorp by plaintiffs claiming the bank unlawfully inflated customers’ overdraft fees. The banks provided customers with account overdraft protection and
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In Motor Vehicle Accident, Insurer of Vehicle Owner Owes Primary Coverage Despite “Other Insurance” Provisions

In October 2008, Jayme Lynn Jones, an employee of Hook & Anchor (H&A) was involved in a collision with Alexander Kosaka while Jones was driving a truck owned by Chemical Weed Control, Inc. (Chemical Weed).  American States Insurance Company (American) insured H&A. ACE American Insurance Company (ACE) insured Chemical Weed. American tendered the defense of H&A in the ensuing litigation to ACE, which ACE denied. American defended H&A, and subsequently commenced this declaratory judgment action seeking defense costs and attorneys’
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