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Are FOIL Request Rejections Frustrating You?

Monday, March 8th, 2021

The agency has the burden to demonstrate that the requested material falls squarely within a FOIL exemption by articulating a particularized and specific justification for denying access, otherwise disclosure is compelled. Conclusory assertions are insufficient to deny access. Alternatives must also be considered, such as providing summaries of factual data or the records with the challenged information redacted.

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Sequestering Plaintiffs During Depositions in Fraud Cases

Friday, February 12th, 2021

Most policies provide language requiring that examinations under oath are to be conducted separately, while not in the presence of any other insured. But what about when claims are litigated that were denied based on fraud related defenses—are the plaintiffs sequestered from one another during depositions? 

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First Connecticut Court to Rule Finds COVID-19 Business Income Claim Not Covered

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

In a case of first impression, a Connecticut federal court held that a standard virus exclusion precludes coverage for claims of COVID-19-caused business income loss. The insured argued that the loss was caused by stay-at home orders, not the virus, but the court rejected that argument finding that the executive orders were inseparable from the virus itself.

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Buffalo Business First: For first-year lawyer, tracking Covid-19 business interruption cases has provided opportunities

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Insurance Coverage Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was featured in a profile from Business First on December 17, 2020, speaking about business interruption cases stemming from COVID-19 and his career experience. 

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DRI In-House Defense Quarterly: A One-Two Punch: Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision and It's Big News for Carriers

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell were featured in the DRI In-House Defense Quarterly Fall 2020 publication for their article, "A One-Two Punch: Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision and It's Big News for Carriers."

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NYIA Your NY Connection Magazine: Mighty Changes for Declaratory Judgment

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine attorneys Dan D. Kohane and Diane L. Bucci partnered with Sherri Pavloff of Stonberg Moran, LLP for the article "Mighty Changes for Declaratory Judgment," which was featured in NYIA's Third Quarter 2020 edition of Your NY Connection magazine.

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Carrier Management: "COVIDigation Nation Revisited: Analyzing the Late Summer Surge"

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Insurance Coverage Attorney Ryan P. Maxwell was quoted in the September 22, 2020 edition of Carrier Management.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Complaint Survey

Monday, September 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine’s Coverage Team has compiled a survey of known COVID-19 business interruption complaints filed to date.

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In For a Penny, Out For a Pound, Due to an Exclusion Mishap

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Attorneys Michael J. Dischley and Lawrence M. Ross examine choices made by subcontractors or vendors in selecting commercial general liability insurance coverage that can unexpectedly harm the owner/general contractor, let alone, the subcontractor. 

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JPML Rejects COVID-19 Business Interruption Consolidation

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

The Joint Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, in a widely anticipated ruling, declined to consolidate all federal COVID-19 business interruption litigation into a single action.

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Breaking News: Superior Court of D.C. Sides With Insurance Carrier, Finds No COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

A second court has now found that a typical property insurance policy does not provide business interruption coverage for COVID-19 losses.

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Hurwitz & Fine Insurance Coverage Group Quoted in Multiple Industry Publications for Analysis of First COVID-19 Decision Nationwide

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine's Insurance Coverage team was quoted in Claims Journal and Insurance Journal on July 7, 2020 for its analysis of the first COVID-19 decision last week by a trial court judge in Lansing, Michigan.

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Best's Insurance News & Analysis: "Judge Siding With Insurer in COVID-19 BI Case Is a ‘Big Win,’ Attorneys Say"

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Attorney Lee S. Siegel was quoted in the Best's Insurance News & Analysis July 6, 2020 article.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage Legislative Summary

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Hurwitz & Fine Coverage Team prepared a consolidated resource document comprised of legislative summaries for all proposed state and federal legislation to date concerning COVID-19 business interruption coverage.

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Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision Nationwide And It’s A Big Win For Carriers

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The first substantive COVID-19 business interruption decision nationwide is a big win for insurance carriers. A Michigan state court holds that “direct physical loss of or damage to property” requires more than mere loss of use/access, and, as a bonus, that the virus exclusion unambiguously excludes coverage for the viral pandemic.

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Buffalo Business First: "Interruption insurance debate may lead to consolidated litigation"

Friday, June 5th, 2020

More than 350 Business Interruption lawsuits have been filed by policy holders against insurers in response to the pandemic. Attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell talked to Buffalo Business First in the June 5, 2020 edition on what could happen next.

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"Excess Insurance Case Summaries" from the ABA Spring 2020 Newsletter

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine Insurance Coverage Attorneys Dan D. Kohane, Steven E. Peiper, Agnieszka E. Wilewicz and Charles J. Englert III were featured in the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Spring 2020 newsletter for their excess insurance case summaries.

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Law360: "Expert Analysis: Major Trends In COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits"

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

In addition to compiling and updating a survey of known COVID-19 business interruption complaints filed to date, Attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell have published an article in Law360, which analyzes these lawsuits for trends.

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Public Fear: The Newest COVID-19 Coverage?

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine identified and tracked 56 business income complaints filed to date. There are many similarities among the complaints. But complaint number 57 is different, very different. Welcome to “Public Fear” coverage.

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