Articles Posted in US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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Olin, a large chemical manufacturing company, filed suit against its insurers, including OneBeacon, seeking indemnification for environmental contamination at its manufacturing sites. On appeal, OneBeacon challenged two judgments entered pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b) in favor of Olin, awarding it over $80 million in indemnification costs. The Second Circuit held that, because it was not disputed that the damages at each site far exceed OneBeacon's attachment point of $300,000 when apportioned to a single policy year, OneBeacon's policies have been triggered. The court affirmed the denial of summary judgment with respect to the McIntosh site; affirmed the district court's ruling as to the special verdict form; vacated and remanded for entry of a new damages judgment on the basis of the methodology dictated by In re Viking Pump, Inc., 52 N.E.3d 1144 (N.Y. 2016); remanded for further proceedings on the prior insurance provision issue; and remanded as to the issue of prejudgment interest. In regard to Olin's cross-appeal, the court affirmed and held that summary judgment in its favor on Olin's Chapter 93A claim was proper because Olin's Chapter 93A claim was barred by the applicable statute of limitations. View "Olin Corp. v. OneBeacon American Insurance Co." on Justia Law

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The Second Circuit held that, when applied, Section 5‐335 of the New York General Obligations Law prohibited Aetna's reduction of plaintiff's disability benefits. In this case, neither the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's, 29 U.S.C. 1001 et seq., preemptive force nor the Plan's choice of law provision compelled a different conclusion; and the court rejected Aetna's forfeiture argument. Therefore, the district court erred in granting Aetna's motion for summary judgment and denying plaintiff's motion for summary judgment in regard to plaintiff's entitlement to the past and ongoing benefits that Aetna has withheld on the ground that they are duplicative of plaintiff's personal injury settlement. Accordingly, the court reversed in part and remanded. View "Arnone v. Aetna Life Ins. Co." on Justia Law