The Fifth Circuit, applying Louisiana law, has held that coverage was unavailable for an $11.7 million settlement with the government because the settlement did not relate to “professional services” provided by the insured to its “client.”  IberiaBank Corp. v. Illinois Union Ins. Co., 2020 WL 1284958 (5th Cir. Mar. 18, 2020).

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The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, applying Louisiana law, has allowed an insured’s claim against a third party adjuster (TPA) to survive a motion to dismiss, where the insured’s principal support for the claim was its alleged “belief” that the contract between the insurer and the TPA (which defendants declined to provide to the insured) contained a provision stipulating that the contract was for the benefit of insureds.  Hammerman & Gainer, LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., 2019 WL 2603637 (E.D. La. June 25, 2019).

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A Louisiana federal court has held that settlement of a False Claims Act investigation did not trigger the insuring agreement of a bankers professional liability policy because the claim was not made by a third-party client for acts in rendering or failing to render professional services.  Iberiabank Corp. v. Ill. Union Ins. Co., 2019 WL 585288 (E.D. La. Feb. 13, 2019).

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The Supreme Court of Delaware has held that under Delaware law, the three-year statute of limitations period applicable to a statutory bad faith action governed by Louisiana law commences when the insured could plead a prima facie case and was therefore barred.  Homeland Ins. Co. of New York v. Corvel Corp., 2018 WL 6061261 (Del. Nov. 20, 2018).

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Applying Louisiana law, a Louisiana court of appeals has held that a contractual liability exclusion in a directors and officers liability policy precluded coverage for an insured’s alleged tortious conduct on the basis that the torts would not have occurred “but for” an alleged breach of contract by the insured.  Perniciaro v. McInnis, 2018 WL 4403981 (La. Ct. App. Sept. 7, 2018).

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The Louisiana Court of Appeals has held that a claims-made policy affords coverage for a lawsuit filed before the policy period because an amended complaint alleging a new legal theory was filed during the policy period.  Billeaudeau v. Opelousas Gen. Hosp. Auth., 2018 WL 1835510 (La. Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2018).  The court also rejected the insurer’s late notice, prior notice, and bodily injury exclusion arguments.

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A Louisiana appellate court, applying Louisiana law, has held that an initial inquiry letter from the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Office of the Disciplinary Counsel received by a lawyer constituted a “Disciplinary Proceeding” under a lawyer’s professional liability policy, triggering an insured’s notice obligations under the policy. Trelles v. Continental Cas. Co., 2017 WL 658249 (La. Ct. App. Feb. 17, 2017).  The court held that the insured was not entitled to coverage because notice of the disciplinary action was not provided during the policy period.

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The Court of Appeal of Louisiana, applying Louisiana law, has held that a class arbitration claim that was covered under an errors and omissions policy was not “related” under the policy’s related claim provision to two earlier contractual demands for indemnity and workers compensation first made prior to the policy period.  Williams v. SIF Consultants of Louisiana, Inc., 2016 WL 7475860 (La. Ct. App. Dec. 29, 2016).

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In a win for an insurer represented by Wiley Rein, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Louisiana law, has held that a lawyers professional liability policy afforded no coverage for a suit alleging no act or omission by the insured in providing legal services.  Edwards v. Continental Cas. Co., 2016 WL 6500668 (5th Cir. Nov. 2, 2016).

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