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Amy Briggs advises clients on complex business litigation matters involving insurance coverage and bad faith disputes. She represents policyholders in a wide variety of sectors, with emphasis on real estate, construction, and healthcare. She has successfully litigated first- and third-party coverage and bad faith claims arising out of general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, fiduciary and employment practices liability policies, as well as commercial property and builder’s risk policies.

Amy also counsels clients on the interplay between risk management, coverage, and emerging legal issues.


We recently wrote an article for Private Company Director on how disputes between shareholders may not be governed by fiduciary duties but could be covered by insurance. 

Disputes regarding ownership interests often arise in the context of closely held corporations, particularly when directors, officers, or majority shareholders sell or acquire ownership interests in the company.

An insurer in Washington could not eliminate its coverage obligation based on its insured’s recovery from a third party. T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., et al., No. 82704-9-I, 2022 WL 17246715 (Wash. Ct. App., Nov. 28, 2022). And in an Illinois case, an insurer could not refuse to cover its insured simply because its insured was able to deduct part of its settlement payment (which the insurer had refused to cover) from its tax obligation. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, Inc. v. Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Dept., Chancery Div., 2019 CH 14483 (Nov. 28, 2022). In both cases, the courts did not have any sympathy for insurers that refused to perform under their insurance policies in the first place and then tried to take advantage of their insureds’ recoveries or reductions in liabilities. And the courts were intent on holding the insurers to the plain language of the policies and the promises they had made to the insureds.
Continue Reading A Promise To Pay Is Just That: Two Courts Reject Insurers’ Bids To Escape Their Coverage Obligations by Complaining About Third Party Recoveries or Reductions in Liabilities