Products Liability, Casualty, and Insurance Coverage Litigation
The firm’s insurance coverage litigation practice focuses on the representation of excess and umbrella liability insurers in “long-tail” risk coverage disputes, such as those for environmental claims.
The Firm’s successful defenses of these carriers includes Keene v. Columbia Casualty, in which the court upheld the insurer’s refusal to extend coverage against asbestos-related claims under $15 million of general liability excess policies, two of which, the insured argued, had unlimited defense obligations. (11 No. 7 Mealy’s Litig. Rep.: Ins. 3, Nov. 27, 1996).
Mr. Simms’ writings and presentations in this area include Homeowner’s Insurance, Directors and Officers’ (“D&O”) Liability Coverage, Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Maryland (Nat’l Business Inst. 1996) and Insurance Requirements in AIA Contracts, ABA-TIPS 1996 National Institute on Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction.