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On March 8, 2018, Judge Block of the EDNY issued a decision in Illinois Union Ins. Co. v. US Bus Charter & Limo Inc., Case No. 1:16-cv-06602-FB-RLM, holding that indemnification rights under a liability policy survived a class action settlement in which the insured consented to a $50 million judgment against it, subject to a covenant not to execute the judgment against the insured’s assets. 

The insured in Illinois Union had sought defense and indemnity coverage under a liability policy for a putative class action in which it was accused of sending unsolicited text messages ...

A recent decision by Nassau County District Court Judge Scott Fairgrieve M.V.B. Collision Inc. v. State Farm Ins. Co., 2018 NY Slip Op 28043(Dist. Ct. Nassau Co. Feb. 20, 2018), provides a helpful survey of the case law on the enforceability of a policy provision prohibiting assignment or transfer of the insured’s rights under the policy.  As Judge Fairgrieve explains, the rule in New York is that such anti-assignment provisions are enforceable only as to assignments made before the insured sufferers a covered loss.  Thus, once the insured has a coverage claim, the right to ...

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