Category: Insurance

AMERICAN STEAMSHIP OWNERS MUTUAL PROTECTION & INDEMNITY ASSOC., INC. v. DANN OCEAN TOWING, INC., NO. 13-1495

Decided: June 26, 2014 The Fourth Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision and held that the choice-of-law provision in the parties’ maritime insurance contract required the application of New York’s six-year statute of limitations, rather than the equitable doctrine of laches, which is ordinarily applied under maritime law, to determine...

KENNEY V. THE INDEPENDENT ORDER OF FORESTERS, NO. 13-1788

Decided:  March 10, 2014 The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s dismissal of the insurance beneficiary’s complaint against the insurance company, for bad-faith “handling” of her claim for proceeds on the policy, pursuant to the West Virginia Unfair Trade Practices Act (“WVUTPA”). The Fourth Circuit held that...

MILLENNIUM INORGANIC CHEMICALS, LTD. V. NAT’L UNION FIRE INS., NO. 13-1194

Decided: February 20, 2014 The Fourth Circuit held that the term “direct,” as used in the two commercial liability insurance policies at issue, was not ambiguous and, therefore, reversed and remanded the case to the district court for entry of summary judgment in favor of National Union Fire Insurance (“National...