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Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation

The BODELL BOVE LLC coverage practice, headed by Louis A. Bové, Marc J. Syken, and Brian A. O’Gallagher, is well known and highly regarded for its ability to serve clients in all types of insurance disputes. With combined experience of over 85 years, Louis, Marc, and Brian have handled a wide range of insurance disputes under all forms of commercial lines insurance, Director’s & Officer’s insurance, professional liability insurance, reinsurance and personal lines insurance, and have extensively litigated coverage issues involving personal and advertising injury, “occurrence,” contractual liability and intentional acts limitations, notice issues, indemnity agreements, and a wide variety of professional and commercial lines exclusions. The practice group specializes in these areas, as well as defending or prosecuting claims for damages, bad faith, contractual liability, and allocation and priorities issues.

Over the past 30 years, Louis Bové alone has authored over 1,000 coverage opinions addressing all aspects of commercial liability lines of insurance, and has handled more than 100 declaratory judgment actions.

Our coverage practice regularly provides clients with pre-litigation counseling services, including the early review and evaluation of current or potential insurance coverage and priorities issues.  We assist in drafting disclaimers of coverage and reservation of rights letters, and routinely negotiate resolutions of coverage issues on behalf of clients. Mr. Bové regularly serves as an insurance coverage expert witness or consultant addressing complicated coverage issues which often arise in this challenging area of litigation.

We are proud of the trusted partnerships we have forged with our clients by providing legal advice that not only meets their current needs but anticipates and addresses potential issues as well.

Representative cases include:

  • Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Indian Harbor Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24379 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 21, 2017)
  • Wiley v. Universal Underwriters Ins. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16817 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 6, 2017)
  • Leboon v. Zurich American Insurance Company, No. 16-2088, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 22019 (3rd Cir. December 12, 2016)
  • Steadfast Ins. Co. v. Berkley Nat’l Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160693 (S.D. W. Va. Nov. 21, 2016)
  • Steadfast Ins. Co. v. Tomei, 2016 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1864, 2016 WL 2989982 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2016)
  • Penn-America Ins. Co. v. Tomei, 2016 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1859 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2016)
  • 1 W. Main St. v. Tower Nat’l Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 33650 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 15, 2016)
  • Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., 91 Va. Cir. 433, 2015 Va. Cir. LEXIS 189 (Va. Cir. Ct. 2015)
  • Allied World Assur. Co. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111454 (E.D. Pa. 2015)
  • Belz Park Place, G.P., and Belz/South Bluffs, Inc. v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. and Zurich American Insurance Company, 2015 WL 11145058 (W.D. Tenn., Western Div. 2015)
  • Milstein v. Tower at Oak Hill Condo. Ass’n, 2015 Pa. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1799, 122 A.3d 1136 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2015)
  • Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. R.M. Shoemaker Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35760 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 16, 2012), aff’d 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 6093 (3d Cir. Pa. Mar. 27, 2013)
  • Zurich Am. Ins. Co. v. Gemini Ins. Co., 2013 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 474 (Phila. 2013)
  • Heri Krupa, Inc. v. Tower Group Cos., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37495 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 18, 2013)
  • Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am. v. Chubb Custom Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44756 (E.D. Pa. Mar. 30, 2012)
  • Landsman & Funk PC v. Skinder-Strauss Assocs., 640 F.3d 72 (3d Cir. N.J. 2011), reinstated by Landsman & Funk PC v. Skinder-Strauss Assocs., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 11946 (3d Cir., Apr. 17, 2012)
  • Am. Guar. & Liab. Ins. Co. v. Falk, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109747 (D.N.J. Sept. 27, 2011)
  • Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 79714 (E.D. Pa. July 22, 2011)
  • Elec. Ins. Co. v. Estate of Marcantonis, 755 F. Supp. 2d 632 (D.N.J. 2010)
  • Irwin & Leighton, Inc. v. McCune, 2010 Phila. Ct. Com. Pl. LEXIS 370 (Phila. 2010)
  • Great Am. Assur. Co. v. Ford, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70586 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 12, 2009)
  • Zemnick v. Zurich Am. Ins. Co., 964 A.2d 454 (Pa. Super. 2008) [unpublished opinion], app den., 968 A.2d 1281 (Pa. 2009) 
  • Media Theatre for the Performing Arts v. Media Youth Ctr., 2007 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 241 (Del. 2007)
  • Children’s Aid Society of Montgomery County v. Great American Ins. Co., 1995 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5591 (E.D. Pa. 1995)