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Insurance Coverage Disputes & Litigation

Kevin Van Duser recently attended the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) annual Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium, a three day conference held in New York City attended by lawyers from around the country. Throughout the conference, Mr. Van Duser participated in discussions on many insurance coverage topics including Fundamental Concepts, Emerging Issues, and Trends in the Duty to Defend; Discovery in Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation; Coverage Issues Arising from Cyber Security Breaches; Coverage Issues Arising from Emerging Technologies; Best Practices in Presenting a Claims Ha...


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Partner, Kevin Van Duser, spoke with individuals attending the New York State Bar Association’s program “Law School for Insurance Professionals” seminar on September 30, 2014 on several topics relating to insurance coverage and the denial of coverage.  Kevin is the chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage Department.

By Kevin R. Van Duser, Esq.

 

An insurance company’s duty under New York Law is to act in good faith. Pavia v. State Farm, 82 NY2d 445,452. Good faith has been defined as an adequate protection of the interests of the insured. Smoral v. Hanover Ins. Co., 37 AD2d 23. But, what then is “bad faith”? And when is it bad faith to refuse to defend an insured? Or to refuse to settle a case? This article provides a basic overview of the law on bad faith in New York.


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Partner Stephen Pesarchick, Esq. will speak on the topic of Trucking Discovery and Experts at the Defense Research Institute's seminar entitled "Defending Trucking Litigation - A Primer for Young Lawyers" on June 7, 2013.


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