Between the Lines

A Discussion of Case Law and Statutory Law Affecting Commercial Lines of Insurance

Archive for December, 2014

Posted In: Uncategorized

First Circuit: Employment-Related Practices Exclusion Applies to Independent Contractor

Court Looks to Dictionary for Plain Meaning of Employment While the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor  is critical in wage and hours, workers compensation and vicarious liability…

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Posted In: Regulation

Ride-Sharing and Auto Insurance: Hybrid Personal-Commercial Insurance is Coming

Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing businesses have been beset with regulatory problems (these companies are also referred to as TNC’s, for “transportation network companies”).  Just in the past few weeks,…

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Posted In: Duty to Defend

No Duty to Defend for Complaint That Is Consistent With the Possibility of Covered Claims, But Doesn’t Allege Them

The First Circuit recently held that even a broad duty to defend standard does not require a court to speculate about claims the plaintiff does not state.  As a result,…

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