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Maryland Liability Insights: Niles Barton Blog

Monitoring developments in civil litigation and liability insurance.

BY: Brett A. Buckwalter

August 26, 2014

Maryland Insurer Not Permitted to Rely on Business Pursuits Exclusion to Deny Duty to Defend Where Continuity of Business Interest and Profit Motive Were Unclear

In Springer v. Erie Insurance Exchange, the Court of Appeals set out to determine whether the allegations in a complaint for defamation triggered the Business Pursuits exclusion in a homeowner’s liability insurance policy and, consequently, would negate Erie Insurance’s duty to defend its insured.  Business Pursuits exclusions are commonly found in homeowners’ insurance policies, and […]

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Mid-Atlantic Insurance Regulation Report

Monitoring the regulatory landscape in Maryland and Pennsylvania

BY: Heather B. Nelson

March 10, 2014

FIO Report Sets the Stage for an Active Year in Insurance Regulation

The December 12, 2013 Federal Insurance Office (FIO) report titled, "How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States,” with its proposed increased federal role in insurance regulation has been met with strong opposition from state regulators. Issues raised with direct federal involvement in regulation include greater engagement in supervisory colleges to monitor financial stability of insurers and reinsurance collateral requirements, among others.

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Recent Blog Posts

Court of Appeals Rejects Mandatory Treble Damages Under Wage Payment and Collection Law

Last week, in the case of Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc., the Court of Appeals had another opportunity…

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Maryland Court of Appeals Agrees to Reconsider Maryland Common Law on Construing Insurance Contracts

On January 24, 2014, the Maryland Court of Appeals granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by…

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