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MLR to Host “Second Annual Year in Review” Free CLE Event

Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner is happy to announce that it will be conducting a CLE entitled “Insurance Coverage Law: MLR’s Second Annual Year in Review” on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The CLE will explore the most important insurance coverage decisions from Oregon and Washington in 2014, including discussion of cases concerning recovery of attorney […]

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Oregon Court AWOPs MLR’s Trial Victory on Water Loss Claim

Last week, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld the decision in favor of Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner’s client in Long v. Farmers Ins. Co. of Oregon, Marion County Circuit Court, Case No. 12C23950.  MLR attorney F.J. Maloney successfully tried the case to a defense verdict, which included claims for breach of the insurance […]

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Court Considers Application of Equitable Estoppel to Suit Limitation Provision

Last month, the Oregon federal district court, applying Washington law, addressed whether equitable estoppel barred an insurance company from relying on a one-year suit limitation provision.  Semeryanov v. Country Mut. Ins. Co., 2014 WL 6998097, No. 14-cv-313-SI (D. Or. Dec. 9, 2014), concerned an insured whose residence, which sat in […]

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MLR Obtains Summary Judgment on Governmental Action Exclusion

This past week, Maloney Lauersdorf Reiner attorneys FJ Maloney and Scott MacLaren obtained summary judgment on behalf of their client regarding whether the seldom litigated “governmental action” exclusion precluded coverage for certain damages in KWL Investments, LLC v. Farmers Insurance Exchange, Lincoln County Circuit Court, Case No. 140992.  Plaintiff filed its own summary judgment […]

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Oregon Court Addresses Replacement Cost Requirements

On October 8, 2014, the Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Patton v. Mutual of Enumclaw Ins. Co., 266 Or App —, — P3d — (2014) (“Patton II”) addressing the period of time an insured has to repair or replace property that was damaged by fire.  This was […]

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Ninth Circuit Asks Washington to Define “Collapse”

On August 19, 2014, a panel the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considering the case Queen Anne Park Homeowners Ass’n v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co., Appeal No. 12-36021, certified the following question to the Washington Supreme Court: What does “collapse” mean under Washington law in an insurance policy that […]

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