Insurance Coverage and Recovery

By: Michael J. deBarros

On October 22, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court issued its opinion in the Smith v. Citadel Insurance case.  Kean Miller’s Insurance Recovery Team assisted several amici in presenting arguments to the Court in the case.

In Smith, the Louisiana Supreme Court held that an insured’s bad faith claims against its

By Jessica C. Engler & Michael deBarros[1]

Policyholders are often disappointed in the amount of time their insurers take to investigate and pay claims.  In 2003, the Texas Legislature enacted the Texas Prompt Payment of Claims Act (“TPPCA”) to facilitate the prompt investigation and payment of Texas insurance claims.[2] Codified at Section 542

By Michael J. deBarros

Insurers in oilfield legacy lawsuits often argue they are not responsible for their insureds’ settlements with landowners because La. R.S. 30:29 (“Act 312”) requires the settlements to be deposited into the court’s registry for remediation.  On March 7, 2018, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court dealt a significant blow to the insurers’

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By G. Trippe Hawthorne and Mallory McKnight Fuller

Click here to review a Practice Note explaining how to enforce arbitral awards in the state and federal courts in Louisiana.  This Note explains the procedure for confirming an arbitration award in Louisiana, and the grounds on which a party may challenge enforcement under Louisiana and federal

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By Daniel Stanton

By emergency declaration issued August 18, 2016, the Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Insurance adopted Emergency Rule 27. Emergency Rule 27 allows the Department of Insurance to suspend certain statutes in the Louisiana Insurance Code and the rules and regulations promulgated under those statutes that may affect families and business affected

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On May 5, 2015, in Kelly v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co., 14-1921 (La. 5/5/15); 2015 WL 2082540, the Louisiana Supreme Court, in response to certified questions from the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, issued a unanimous decision reaffirming and clarifying the duties owed by insurers to their insureds.  The Kelly Court

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By Michael J. deBarros

The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal held that an insurer must provide a complete defense to its insured in long-latency disease cases and that the duty to defend is not subject to proration.  See Arceneaux v. Amstar Corp., 2014-0271 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/25/15), 2015 WL 798980.

In Arceneaux

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By Sonny Chastain

We have become accustomed to having regular check-ups with our doctors. The doctor will analyze our current physical condition, including heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol level, lung condition or otherwise. The doctor may order a treadmill test or a screening for a particular function. The doctor will also compare current test results