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– June 2011
J. Robert Renner of Duane Morris'
Los Angeles office analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision
American Electric Power Co. v Connecticut, which addressed whether
states can seek to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from utilities
across state borders using federal common-law theories of
interstate nuisance. Renner outlines the court's major findings
and examines what they could mean for the future of climate-change
tort litigation. Specifically, he cautions that, contrary to many
post-ruling analyses, the case does not mark the end of such
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A commentary on a recent decision in the case of Engineering & Construction Innovations, Inc., v. L. H. Bolduc Co., interpreting a subcontractor's agreement to indemnify a contractor, the subcontractor's contractual obligation to procure insurance to cover that indemnity agreement and the impact of the Minnesota anti-indemnification statute on such contract provisions.
Earlier this month, the 7th Circuit affirmed a district court order that held an insurer properly denied coverage to the insured law firm based on its failure to comply with the reporting requirements under its claims-made professional liability policy.
Like many companies who made products containing asbestos, Kaiser Cement and Gypsum Corporation has over the past several decades defended thousands of asbestos bodily injury claims brought by construction workers who allege they were exposed and suffered bodily injury resulting from exposure to Kaiser Cement’s asbestos containing products.
As reported in our November 2012 Client Alert entitled Latest Regulatory Developments Concerning Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits, a few states have passed new laws governing claims investigation practices to address the issue of unclaimed life insurance benefits.