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Posts from January 2021.

On December 30, 2020, the Second Department issued a decision in American W. Home Ins. Co. v. Gjonaj Realty & Mgt. Co., 2020 NY Slip Op 08027, ruling that an insurer was not entitled to recoup defense costs it paid, despite the court’s determination that the insurer had no duty to indemnify.

Under New York law, a liability insurer’s duty to defend is “exceedingly broad” and is triggered whenever there is a “reasonable possibility” of coverage.  Thus, "an insurer may be contractually bound to defend even though it may not ultimately be bound to pay, either because its insured is ...

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