Insurance Coverage

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Experience in Insurance Coverage

Dispute Involving Firearms Provision of Insurance ContractSuccessfully obtained declaratory judgment in favor of insurer that it did not have an obligation to provide coverage in underlying wrongful death action.

World Trade Center Claims

Represented domestic insurers for architects and engineers in claims arising from injuries to responders at World Trade Center disaster site.

Insurance Coverage Action Related to Drowning in Hotel PoolWausau Underwriters Ins. Co. v. Mt. Vernon Fire Ins. Co., 507 F. Supp. 2d 898 (N.D. Ill. 2007).

Obtained summary judgment in favor of hotel's insurance company in insurance coverage action brought by hotel franchisor in connection with drowning of student in franchisee's swimming pool.

 

Professional Liability Claim Against Insurance AgencyObtained dismissal with prejudice for insurance agency based upon lack of duty to re-explain meaning of policy terms during policy renewal.

Numerous Claims Against Insured Manufacturer of Products that Allegedly Contained Vinyl ChlorideSuccessfully represented commercial liability insurer in connection with numerous claims throughout the country against insured, which allegedly manufactured and distributed products containing a harmful chemical component over a 30-year period.

Gulfstream G-IV Accident at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois

Anderson v. Alberto-Culver USA, Inc., 317 Ill. App. 3d 1104, 740 N.E.2d 819 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2000); Anderson v. Alberto-Culver USA, Inc., 337 Ill. App. 3d 643, 789 N.E.2d 304 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2003); Alberto-Culver Co. v. Aon Corp., 351 Ill. App. 3d 123, 812 N.E.2d 369 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2004).

Represented business jet operator in mishap involving a Gulfstream G-IV at Palwaukee Municipal Airport, Wheeling, Illinois. Successfully represented executive flight department and its insurer in various appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court, including obtaining affirmance of favorable jury verdict in wrongful death litigation, reversal of tort immunity finding in favor of co-defendant, and complete reversal of trial court's adverse coverage ruling.

Disputes Concerning Interpretation of Project Specific Professional Liability Insurance Policy for Commuter Rail Project in Washington State Represented insurance carrier in connection with coverage issues relating to claims against engineers and construction managers involving design and construction of commuter rail project in Washington State.

Insurance Coverage Action Related to Crash of Airplane Into House

Avemco Ins. Co. v. Coupe, Nos. 99-1549, 99-1590, 2000 U.S. App. LEXIS 25470 (6th Cir. Oct. 3, 2000).

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of aviation insurer in a coverage action related to crash of airplane into house. Prevailed on plaintiffs' appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Claims Against Designers and Construction Managers of Commuter Rail Line in Los Angeles, CaliforniaRepresented insurance company as insurance coverage counsel in claims relating to design and construction of commuter rail line in Los Angeles, California.

Class Action Concerning Contamination From Industrial Park in Northwest IllinoisRepresented insurer in favorable resolution of claims stemming from environmental pollution, United States Environmental Protection Act and Illinois Environmental Protection Act actions, and class action concerning contamination from Industrial Park.

Claims Against Professional Engineers Relating to Major Highway Project In OregonRepresented domestic insurer for architects and engineers in coverage disputes relating to alleged errors and omission concerning major highway construction project in Oregon.

Insurance Coverage Action Related To Death of SkydiverObtained summary judgment on behalf of an aviation insurer in a coverage action arising out of the death of a skydiver.

Aviation Insurance Coverage Dispute

Forum Ins. Co. v. Seitz Aviation, Inc., 241 Kan. 334, 737 P.2d 29 (Kan. 1987).

Represented aviation insurer in appeal of coverage dispute before the Supreme Court of Kansas.

Parachute Club Insurance Coverage DisputeObtained summary judgment in favor of insurer. Court held that there was no coverage for a parachute club under a Business and Pleasure Policy.

Claims Against Geotechnical Engineer Stemming from Alleged Ground Movement Issues in Residential Developments in San Clemente, California

Represented domestic insurer for architects and engineers in coverage dispute with another foreign insurer regarding duty to defend and indemnify insured geotechnical engineering firm.

Claims Against Engineering Firms Relating to Design and Construction of Water Treatment Plant Project in Washington State

Represented insurance carrier as insurance coverage counsel in connection with coverage issues relating to interpretation of insurance policy related to water treatment project in Washington State.

Flood Damage To Convenience StoreSuccessfully handled coverage dispute relating to property damage involving alleged water and flood damage to convenience store in Chicago, Illinois.