Summary Judgment on $21+ Million Vexatious Refusal Claim
Secured summary judgment for insurer regarding in a high stakes insurance coverage/vexatious refusal action arising from a class action. The plaintiff had sought more than $21 million from the insurer client ostensibly for damages incurred litigating and settling an $80+ million consumer class action suit alleging violations of the Uniform Commercial Code.
Successful Intervention Under Amended 537.065 and Then Win on the Merits
Successfully intervened in underlying tort suit on behalf of insurance company following insured’s entry into R.S.Mo. 537.065 agreement. We later obtained summary judgment on claims against insured and then secured affirmance of that judgment on appeal.
Summary Judgment on Key Policy Language
Secured summary judgment for insurer in a lawsuit challenging key language in the policy issued by the client. The plaintiff had filed suit arguing key language in the policy, which had been issued to thousands of policyholders, was ambiguous.
Successful Intervention Under Amended 537.065 and Then $8 Million Award in Arbitration Action
Successfully intervened in arbitration approval action on behalf of insurance company months after alleged insured entered into R.S.Mo. 537.065 agreement. Following intervention, the court vacated its judgment approving an $8 million arbitration award against the alleged insured.
Defense Verdict for Insurance Client
Obtained a defense verdict for our insurance client following a three-week trial. The plaintiff sought $3.1 million related to a consent decree where it agreed to clean up soil and groundwater contamination from a manufacturing site. The insurers asserted that the plaintiff knew about the contamination for decades and did not properly notify its insurers, and that prior claims had been made associated with the contamination without proper notice. The jury found in favor of the insurers on all claims.
Summary Judgment for Insurance Client
Secured a summary judgment for insurance company in a case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The matter involved a traffic accident in which the plaintiffs recovered the full policy limits under the insured's business auto policy, but their claim was denied under the insured's general liability policy. The Court found that the general liability policy's auto and mobile equipment exclusions applied in this case.
Summary Judgment in a $25+ Million Suit for Insurance Client
Secured a summary judgment for insurance client in a Missouri state court case where the insureds had entered agreements under R. S. Mo. 537.065 with the tort plaintiff, who had been wrongfully imprisoned nearly 20 years, leading to a $25 million judgment against the insureds. The matter involved trigger issues and number of occurrences, and the Court accepted the insurer’s argument that under applicable law there was only one trigger and that preceded the insurer’s earliest policy period.
Win On Significant Coverage Appeal
Obtained win in the appellate court after tort plaintiff was unsuccessful in his trial court coverage challenges, centered on the concurrent proximate cause doctrine. The insurance client had Armstrong Teasdale take over the matter on appeal involving artful pleading by the plaintiff and close questions of Missouri law.
Win at Trial and Then Appeal in Putative Class Coverage Suit
Successfully fended off class certification in the trial court, forcing a de minimis judgment on the individual claim, and then secured an appellate win in the appeal from the same. The suit involved policy construction and ambiguity claims, with the appellate court ruling against application of the contra proferentem doctrine in light of our policy construction arguments.
Secure Reversal in Favor of Insurance Client on $10 Million Appeal
Part of the team that secured reversal in the Court of Appeals of a $10 million coverage ruling involving complex indemnity relationships and competing towers of insurance coverage. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our insurance client based on applications of the anti-subrogation rule and the rule against circuitous actions.
Representation in Various Insurance Coverage Issues
Represented homeowners associations, developers and real estate property managers on various insurance coverage issues, including D&O policies, property damage, construction disputes, and commercial liability.