Liability Insurance Posts
At its 2018 Annual Meeting, The American Law Institute completed nearly a decade’s worth of work on the Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. The Restatement’s approval was deferred for a year from the 2017 Annual Meeting, largely because of opposition from insurance industry interests. The Restatement attracted unusual attention from interests outside the normal ALI process, in a way that can be fairly characterized as political, in the non-pejorative sense that it involves the authoritative allocation of values.
An article from Law360 examines the way that several states are addressing COVID-19 related liability insurance questions and concerns as businesses begin to reopen.
An article from Law360 addresses recent action from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and trade organizations calling on Congress to pass legislation protecting businesses from legal liability as they reopen.
On May 7, ALI CLE is offering a webcast/telephone seminar to discuss how COVID-19 is revolutionizing insurance coverage claims.
The Restatements of the Law have played a vital role in the rationalization of American jurisprudence for nearly a century. As Justice Anthony M. Kennedy recently remarked at the ALI annual Meeting, the Restatements and the ALI “did for the American, Anglo-American judicial process and for the law in the 1920s what Blackstone had done 150 years earlier.”
Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance (RLLI), was approved by membership at the 2018 Annual Meeting and the Official Text is now available. The project greatly benefited from its diverse and engaged Advisers and Members Consultative Group. In this Q&A, we posed questions to two of those most involved in the project.
For the first time, the institute has spoken on the subject of liability insurance. It has published the Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. This Restatement has proven to be controversial, both in its drafting process and since its final approval. Yet, it was not adopted lightly.
In response to a recent story concerning opposition to The American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance in the Texas state legislature, it appears that at least one sponsor owns an insurance agency, so I assume that some part of the insurance industry has been lobbying for this, even though the insurers and the sponsors have not even seen the final version of the Restatement.
The Supreme Court of Nevada recently issued a decision in which it cited two ALI publications: the Restatement (Second) of Contracts and the Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance (Proposed Final Draft No. 2, approved May 2018). The court looked to these Restatements to guide its analysis of a question of liability-insurance law under the law of Nevada.
On August 9th a court issued what I believe to be the first decision addressing the ALI’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance post-adoption.