Section Newsletter Articles on Insurance Law

Case names and holdings Insurance Law, January 2007 A listing of recent cases, arranged alphabetically.
Case summaries Insurance Law, January 2007 Summaries of recent cases.
Insurance law update By Scott A. Blumenshine Insurance Law, January 2007 A binding arbitration agreement between an injured uninsured motorist claimant and her insurer did not bar her subsequent lawsuit alleging the insurer’s unreasonable and vexatious delay in handling her claim.
The ALTA 2006 title insurance policies and the issuance of survey coverage By Richard F. Bales Real Estate Law, December 2006 The purpose of this article is three-fold: (1), to set forth the survey-related changes to these new policies; (2), to suggest one method of addressing these changes; and (3), to provide a basis by which Illinois title companies can decide how to issue survey coverage under these title policies.
Appellate Court rules insurance exclusions ambiguous By Raymond A. Fylstra Corporate Law Departments, September 2006 In Pekin Insurance Company v. Miller, No. 1-05-4086 (1st Dist. Aug. 8, 2006), a case of first impression in Illinois, the First District Appellate Court has held that exclusions j(5) and j(6) in the standard Comprehensive General Liability (CGL) insurance policy are ambiguous.
Insurance law update By Robert H. Hanaford Insurance Law, September 2006 Recent cases of interest to insurance law practitioners.
First District rules that two-year limitation provision in uninsured motor vehicle policy is void as against public policy By Michael J. Marovich Civil Practice and Procedure, April 2006 It is quite common for insurance carriers to place a two-year deadline from the date of a collision to make a demand for uninsured motor vehicle coverage in their automobile insurance policies.
Recent developments in insurance law By Laura Kotelman Insurance Law, February 2006 On August 18, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a long-awaited opinion in Avery v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., No. 91494, 2005 WL 1981444 (Ill., Aug. 18, 2005).
Criminal acts exclusion in auto gap insurance policy applies to driving under the influence By Michael J. Marovich Civil Practice and Procedure, January 2006 In Bohner v. Ace American Insurance Company, 359 Ill. App. 3d 621, 834 N.E.2d 635 (2nd Dist. 2005), the Second District Illinois Appellate Court held that the criminal acts exclusion in an automobile gap insurance policy applies in a driving-under-the-influence case.
Recent developments in insurance law By James T. Nyeste Insurance Law, January 2006 Recent updates of interest to insurance Law practitioners.
Insurance companies beware: Documents normally privileged may be discoverable By D.J. Evans Civil Practice and Procedure, November 2005 The Fourth District Appellate Court’s decision in Western States Insurance Co. v. O’Hara places greater responsibility on insurance companies to deal fully and fairly with their insureds and third parties in response to discovery requests.
Insurance issues in Illinois construction litigation By Marlene A. Kurilla Insurance Law, December 2003 It is very common for an additional insured to tender a claim made against it to all of its potential insurers.
Recent cases on indemnity and insurance provisions in construction contracts By Gregory A. Thorpe Real Estate Law, August 2000 Most general contracts and subcontracts for construction require the contractor to provide indemnities or insurance, or both.
Other insurance Insurance Law, January 1999 Umbrella policy is excess over primary CGL policy containing excess "other insurance" clause.
Permissive user: subsequent permittee Insurance Law, January 1999 Permission given by insured corporation to its employee for purposes of renting truck extended to son of employee.
Prejudgment interest Insurance Law, January 1999 Umbrella insurer entitled to prejudgment interest from primary CGL insurer on amount it contributed to settlement of underlying action.
Statute of limitations: general Insurance Law, January 1999 Two-year statute of limitations does not apply to section 155 of the Illinois Insurance Code.
Words and phrases index Insurance Law, January 1999 Insurer's delay in settling uninsured motorist claim was vexatious and unreasonable under section 155 of Illinois Insurance Code.