You gotta be kidding me! Our insurer denied coverage. We sued. We settled. The insurer paid. Now the insurer has billed us for the settlement payment. Help!

Many businesses have large deductible (e.g., $500,000, $1,000,000, or more) casualty insurance programs encompassing commercial general liability, product liability, business auto or workers comp/employers liability insurance coverages. Depending on the program structure, the insurer may provide first dollar coverage and charge the business client back for the deductible. Under this Read More

Beware of Sublimits!

Sublimits are one of the most common sources of consternation for our business clients. A “sublimit” is a lesser insurance limit of liability that applies to a specific type of loss and is included within the larger, generally applicable, limit. Here are some common examples: a fiduciary liability policy may Read More

Kansas Municipalities and their Contractors Should Be Careful to Avoid Insurance Waiver of the KTCA $500,000 Liability Cap

The Kansas Tort Claims Act, K.S.A. §§ 75-6101 to 6120 (“KTCA”) addresses sovereign immunity for Kansas governmental entities. K.S.A. § 75-6104 identifies the types of functions and claims as to which state and local governmental entities (and employees acting within the scope of governmental employment) are immune from liability. As Read More

Kansas Cap on Non-economic Damages in Personal Injury Cases is Unconstitutional: Businesses Should Urge Insurers to Re-evaluate Relevant Pending Matters

On Friday, June 14, 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the statutory cap on non-economic damages in personal injury actions (e.g., for pain and suffering) violates the Kansas Constitution. See Hilburn v. Enerpipe LTD., __ P. 3d __, 2019 WL 2479464 (Kan. June 14, 2019). Specifically, the court held Read More