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New Jersey Appellate Division Confers Additional Insured Status, Albeit Limited to that Portion of the Insured's Work
In Comcast of Garden State, LP v. The Hanover Ins. Co., Docket No. A-3425-17T4, an unpublished decision decided on July 10, 2019, the New Jersey Appellate Division held that a putative additional insured found partially liable in an underlying personal injury action was an additional insured, but “only with respect to” the insured-contractor’s work, and, therefore, was not entitled to coverage for its own negligent conduct.
6 Coughlin Duffy Partners Recognized in 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to announce that 6 of the firm's partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
New Jersey Appellate Court Provides Some Clarity on the Scope and Use of Employment Restrictive Covenants
The New Jersey Appellate Division has clarified the analysis required to determine the effect of restrictive covenant agreements (RCAs) and offered guidance to practitioners drafting RCAs under New Jersey law in a decision on six consolidated actions.
New Jersey Enacts Employee Salary History Ban
New Jersey has enacted a new law prohibiting employers from seeking or relying on job applicants’ salary history.
Third Circuit Rules No Duty to Defend School District Based on Prior Knowledge of Sexual Abuse of Students
On July 26, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held in favor of Coughlin Duffy’s client, an insurer, affirming summary judgment that the insurer had no duty to defend a school district against claims of sexual abuse by a teacher.
Summary Judgment Win on Multiple Grounds Under a Professional Liability Policy as to Novel Legal Issues
On June 26, 2019, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Mary Thurber granted summary judgment in favor of Coughlin Duffy’s client, a professional liability insurer, dismissing Plaintiffs’ claims against it in full.
New Jersey Joins New York in Amending Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse Claims
New Jersey joins New York and other states in amending its statute of limitations for child sexual abuse claims.
Ohio Court of Appeals Waffles on Scope of Duty to Defend Inquiry
In a pair of recent decisions issued in the same case, the Ohio Court of Appeals has grappled with the extent of an insurer’s ability to rely on information extrinsic to the underlying complaint when determining whether a duty to defend its insured exists.
Coughlin Duffy Prevails on Summary Judgment for Insurance Carrier in New York Supreme Court
On June 4, 2019, Partner Robert Muilenburg prevailed on a summary judgment in New York Supreme Court for an insurer enforcing payment of seven deductibles for $425,000 arising out of a settlement of World Trade Center inhalation claims.
Author and Professor Heidi Brown Speaks at Coughlin Duffy LLP
On Thursday, June 6th, author and professor Heidi Brown spoke to Coughlin Duffy's Women's Initiative Group and attorneys. Ms. Brown is currently the Director of the…
Timothy I. Duffy Honored at Tri-County Scholarship Fund's Annual Lawyers Awards Dinner
On Tuesday, May 14th, Founding Partner Tim Duffy was honored at the Tri-County Scholarship Fund's Annual Lawyers Dinner benefiting the Tri-County Scholarship Fund's Freedom Scholars Program.
Coverage B Conundrum: Do the Facts Alleged or the Elements of Liability Control Courts’ Duty to Defend Analysis?
It is well-settled that, in Wisconsin, an insurer’s duty to defend arises whenever the factual allegations in the complaint raise a reasonable possibility of coverage. Yet in West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. v. Ixthus Medical Supply, Inc., the Wisconsin Supreme Court explicitly evaluated the duty to defend based on the elements of liability to the exclusion of the factual allegations.
New Jersey Governor Bans Non-Disclosure Agreements for Harassment, Retaliation and Discrimination Claims
New Jersey has joined the #MeToo movement as Governor Phil Murphy recently signed Senate Bill 121 into law. The new law prohibits employers from enforcing nondisclosure agreements against current or former employees who lodge any harassment, retaliation or discrimination claim.
Coughlin Duffy Named as an Environmental Leader by CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine
Coughlin Duffy LLP is honored to be selected as a finalist in the first annual Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine's 2019 Environmental Leadership Awards, celebrating environmental leadership in the business community.
California Supreme Court to Rule Upon Pivotal Coverage Question for TCPA Claims
California’s highest court is poised to decide a key question of law concerning potential “personal injury” coverage for claimed violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(C).
Chambers USA 2019 Recognizes Two Coughlin Duffy Attorneys and One Practice Group
Two Coughlin Duffy partners and one practice group have been recognized in Chambers USA 2019’s legal directory published by Chambers and Partners.
Joshua L. Weiner and Paul I. Weiner Join Coughlin Duffy LLP
Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to announce that Joshua L. Weiner and Paul I. Weiner will join the Firm on May 1, 2019. Joshua Weiner will join as a Partner and Chair of the Employment and Labor Practice Group. Paul Weiner will serve as Special Counsel to the Firm.
Suzanne Midlige to Speak at the American College of Coverage Counsel's 7th Annual Meeting
Suzanne Midlige will be speaking on a panel entitled, "10 Cases in 45 Minutes" at the American College of Coverage Counsel's 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago…
Coughlin Duffy LLP Celebrates its 15th Anniversary
Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to celebrate its 15th anniversary. The firm was founded on March 29, 2004, by a team of seasoned attorneys who shared a vision of creating a law firm committed to providing clients with excellent service, superior quality, and exceptional value.
William Corbett and Laura Brady Featured in NJLJ's New Partners Yearbook 2019
Insurance and Reinsurance partners William Corbett and Laura Brady were featured in the New Jersey Law Journal's New Partners Yearbook 2019 edition.
Coughlin Duffy Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Super Lawyers 2019 List
Coughlin Duffy LLP is pleased to share that eight of the Firm's attorneys have been selected to the 2019 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list in their respective practice areas.
Partner Mark Silver to Speak at the Knowledge Group's Navigating Mass Torts Litigation Strategies in Light of Recent Case Verdicts Webinar
Partner Mark Silver will present a live webcast for the Knowledge Group on "Navigating Mass Torts Litigation Strategies in Light of Recent Case Verdicts," Monday,…
A Regrettable Insurance Decision From The 9th Circ.
A recent decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit creates considerable uncertainty in the evaluation of the rights and obligations of excess casualty insurers in the context of sexual abuse claims.
James Wyse to Present at the 23rd Annual NJ Land Conservation Rally
Partner, Jim Wyse will be presenting at the 23rd Annual New Jersey Land Conservation Rally on April 12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick,…
Coughlin Duffy Obtains Summary Judgment for Insurance Carrier in an Additional Insured Declaratory Judgment Action in the Supreme Court of New York
Karen Moriarty and Patrick Florentino of Coughlin Duffy LLP recently obtained a grant of summary judgment for an insurance carrier in an additional insured declaratory judgment action pending before the Hon. Paul Marx in the Supreme Court of New York, Rockland County.