Insurance Law History

SILLIEST INSURANCE COVERAGE CASE EVER + LEGAL FEES

Duty to Defend v. Duty to Pay for Defense This insurance case is styled Coreslab Structures (Texas), Inc. v. Scottsdale Insurance Company, Cause No. 14-14-00865-CV (Houston--14th Court of Appeals. Opinion Filed July 28, 2016).  The underlying case--the one which gave...

LAWYER CLINTON AND HER EMAIL SCANDAL(?) (EMAILGATE?)

WHAT HAPPENED? WHAT COMEY SAID AND WHAT HE DIDN'T SAY Michael Sean Quinn* Hillary Clinton is a lawyer. ** (See below)  What did she know? When did she know it? And how did FBI Director, James B. Comey describe it? (Just as a side-note, one should keep in mind...

Legal Ethics, Lawyer Retentions and Insurance Underwriting

An Explosive Texas Supreme Court Decision This piece is ultimately about insurance underwriting for legal malpractice insurance. It begins, however, with a very unusual Texas Supreme Court decision, and a series of hypothetical paradigms based upon that case. The case...

INSURANCE AND CONTAINERIZED SHIPPING–SOME HISTORY

These are mostly book reviews I wrote a decade ago, or so, and published in some obscure journal. Maybe they might be of some interest to a select few.  CARGOS, CONTAINERS, COMPUTERS, and INSURANCE Michael Sean Quinn* Marc Levinson, The Box: How the Shipping...

BULLSHIT FOR LAWYERS–A PHILOSOPHICAL GUIDE

ON BULLSHIT: A SHORT AND VIVID TREATISE FOR LAWYERS Michael Sean Quinn* Harry G. Frankfurt, a distinguished writer and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University wrote a very short book in 2005 entitled ON BULLSHIT. It was quite popular as philosophy...

INSURANCE CONTRACT/POLICY INTERPRETATION AND AMBIGUITY

HOW TO READ, THINK, AND STRUCTURE Michael Sean Quinn* Sometimes there are brief and succinct formulations of the la> such that if L grasps it deeply--down into the lawyer-component of his inner being, s/he will understand the legal situation and know what needs to...

“”LOSS-OF-USE” DAMAGES, A SLAVE NAMED “BEN,” AND TEXAS LEGAL HISTORY

DAMAGES INFLICTED AND THE RIGHT TO COMPENSATION Michael Sean Quinn* Traditionally, in the common law the damages one was entitled to for the loss of a tangible object was the value of the object at the time of its loss.  The most traditional of all causes of...

Cicero’s Axiom of Advocacy

A CICERONIAN AXIOM Michael Sean Quinn* Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC) aka Cicero, one of history's greatest lawyers, as well as one of the top 10 orators of Western Civilization, one of the top 50 philosophers thereof, and one of its top 100 constitutionist...

THE CONCEPT OF “COMPENSATION”

DAMAGES AND COMPENSATION IN CIVIL LITIGATION Michael Sean Quinn* You can't have enough legal education. If you studied damages in law school and if you have been out of law school for more than six months, it's time to go back to the fundamentals. The Supreme Court of...

Damages for Total Destruction of Tangible Personal Property

PHYSICAL DAMAGE TO CHATTELS TODAY AND THE "LOSS OF USE" DOCTRINE Michael Sean Quinn** For several centuries damages for loss of use of chattels, e.g., horses and/or slaves and/or other movable (i.e., personal) property could be awarded by courts to...

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