Punitives: Insurers Lose One and Prevail in Another
June 28, 2006
Insurance companies won one and lost one in two recent appeals of multi-million-dollar punitive damages awards. While both cases hinged on the insurers' duty of good faith and fair dealing, the two appellate courts reached opposite outcomes on whether the duty applied.
Ruling Clears Way for Computer Animations
May 9, 2006
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a computer-generated animation is no doubt a powerful courtroom tool. But while the use of CGAs is becoming more common in trials to illustrate the testimony of expert witnesses, their admissibility in many states remains uncertain.
Policyholders Chip Away at Flood Exclusions
January 24, 2006
After every major disaster involving extensive flooding, politicians and class-action lawyers take aim at the flood exclusion in homeowners' policies, looking for ways to overcome decades of legal precedent supporting the exclusion.