Articles by Elizabeth Blosfield

Mass. SJC Reverses Lower Court’s Decision in Legal Malpractice Suit

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has reversed a Superior Court decision in favor of a law firm in a legal malpractice suit. The plaintiff, Kiribati Seafood Company LLC, brought the legal malpractice claim against its former law firm, Dechert LLP, …

N.Y. Appellate Court Affirms Summary Judgement in $58M Insurance Dispute

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court, First Department, has affirmed an earlier Supreme Court decision to grant summary judgement to TransCanada Energy USA and its subsidiaries, TC Ravenswood Services Corp. and TC Ravenswood, recognizing insurance coverage for …

Penn. Supreme Court Says Malice Not Required to Win Bad Faith Claims

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a decision by the state’s Superior Court that although ill-will or malice is one factor that can be used to assess insurer bad faith, it is not a prerequisite for policyholders to prevail in …

DFS Finalizes Regulation to Strengthen New York No-Fault Insurance Law

A new regulation issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) aims to curb costs and abuses of New York’s no-fault insurance law while leveling the playing field for New York insurers, according to a DFS press …

Penn. Supreme Court Says Malice Not Required to Win Bad Faith Claims

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court unanimously affirmed a decision by the state’s Superior Court that although ill-will or malice is one factor that can be used to assess insurer bad faith, it is not a prerequisite for policyholders to prevail in …

A.M. Best Revises Outlook to Negative for Pennsylvania’s Eastern Atlantic Insurance

A.M. Best has revised its outlook to negative from stable and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” for Harrisburg, Pa.-based Eastern Atlantic Insurance Co. (EAIC). The revised outlooks are due …

States Should Implement Stronger Safeguards for Consumers in Natural Disasters: Rutgers Report

As homeowners file insurance claims in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, many could find their level of protection depends on the state where their damaged home is located, according to a research report released by the Rutgers Center …

States Need Better Protections for Insurance Consumers in Natural Disasters: Rutgers Report

As homeowners continue to file insurance claims in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a research report released by the Rutgers Center for Risk and Responsibility at the Rutgers Law School in Camden, N.J., suggests many could find that …

Conn. Court Supports $41.7M in Damages to Student Disabled by Tick Bite on School Trip

A student permanently disabled by a tick bite while on a school field trip in China is entitled to $41.7 million in damages, according to the Connecticut Supreme Court’s August ruling in support of a jury’s earlier decision in the …

New York Bus Firms Seek Damages Over Handling of Workers’ Comp Claim

New York Bus Operators Compensation Trust (NYBOCT), a Bay Shore, N.Y.-based group self-insured trust created by a number of New York passenger bus companies, has filed a complaint against Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Gallagher Bassett Services Inc. and Risk …