Following a six-day trial, a Texas jury found that Great American Insurance Company breached its policy with a hydraulic fracturing company and engaged in unfair settlement practices when it refused to pay for loss the company sustained in a well accident. The decision highlights the need to vigorously pursue coverage using all information available and the benefits of leveraging state statutory protections governing unfair claims settlement practices to ensure that insurers handle claims in a prompt, fair, and reasonable manner.

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In a decision of import to businesses facing intellectual property infringement lawsuits, the Southern District of Florida has ruled that a commercial general liability policy’s “knowing violation” and “infringement” exclusions do not apply to lawsuits involving allegations of intent and knowledge in the context of advertising injury. E.S.Y., Inc., et al. v. Scottsdale Insurance Company, No. 15-21349 (S.D. Fla. October 14, 2015) (“E.S.Y.”).

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