Duane Morris’ Thomas Newman has been named by Best Lawyers as the 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City for Appellate Practice. The recognition is given to only one attorney for each practice area and city. Lawyers are selected based on high marks received during peer-review assessments conducted by Best Lawyers each year. Mr. Newman also received this distinction in 2018 and 2013.
Mr. Newman practices in the areas of insurance and reinsurance law, including coverage, claims handling, contract drafting and arbitration and litigation. In addition to his insurance/reinsurance practice, Mr. Newman has wide experience in appellate practice and has handled hundreds of appeals in both state and federal courts in New York and elsewhere and has argued 80 appeals in the New York Court of Appeals.
He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; a life member of the American Law Institute; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; a member of the London Court of International Arbitration; a member of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel; a member of ARIAS-U.S.; a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; a Fellow of the New York State Bar Association Foundation; and a member of the New York State Office of Court Administration’s Advisory Committee on Civil Practice.
He is the original author of New York Appellate Practice, co-author of the Handbook on Insurance Coverage Disputes and the author of numerous articles on insurance/reinsurance and appellate practice.
By Philip R. Matthews
The New York Court of Appeal on Tuesday, May 3, held that the Consolidated Edison pro rata allocation rule does not apply where the policies have prior insurance and non-cumulation clauses. The Court held that the pro rata rule in Consolidated Edison depends on policy language and that the prior insurance and non-cumulation clause is inconsistent with a pro rata approach. However, the Court did say that prior insurance and non-cumulation clauses would be enforced as anti-stacking clauses. Such enforcement could limit the amount of coverage available to a policyholder. The Court of Appeal also held that under the circumstances of the case, horizontal exhaustion would not apply.
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In Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., 2013 NY Slip Op 03264 (May 7, 2013), the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, held that a priest’s multiple incidents of sexual abuse against one victim over a span of six years constituted multiple occurrences. The Court of Appeals also held that the underlying settlement amount should be allocated on a pro rata basis over the seven policy periods, requiring satisfaction of the SIR attendant to each implicated policy.
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In Admiral Ins. Co. v Joy Contractors, Inc., 2012 NY Slip Op 4670 (N.Y. June 12, 2012), the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, held that an insurer may seek rescission against an additional insured for the named insured’s misrepresentations during the underwriting process.
The coverage dispute arose from the deadly collapse of a tower crane operated by Joy Contractors, Inc. during construction of a luxury high-rise condominium in Manhattan. Admiral Insurance Company, which issued an excess commercial general liability policy to Joy, denied coverage to Joy and other entities claiming additional insured status under the policy on the basis of a residential construction exclusion. Continue reading New York Court of Appeals Holds an Insurer May Rescind a Policy to an Innocent Additional Insured’s Detriment