Duty to Defend Triggered by the Peculiar Risk Doctrine

In Amer. States Ins. v. Progressive Casualty Ins., 180 Cal. App. 4th 18 (2009), the California Court of Appeal addressed the “peculiar risk” doctrine in the context of an insurer’s duty to defend. Victor Meza was a self-employed truck driver who was hired by Western Trucking LLC (“Western”) as an independent contractor.  While driving a …

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President Proposes National Insurance Office

The Obama Administration is proposing the formation of a new office within the Treasury Department that would oversee the insurance industry. This announcement comes in the wake of statements from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in February that some form of federal insurance oversight will likely be a part of a forthcoming financial regulatory overhaul. Congressional …

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