Insurer denied business interruption claims related to a food service industry client resulting from a total-loss event. The insurer fully denied monetarily important losses related to various high-cost, regulated products. Hoke LLC was retained post-denial and within weeks completed a detailed claim investigation. Also, during this time and working with the client we implemented a different recovery strategy and... Read More
Hoke LLC is pleased to announce that Law360 has listed our case establishing precedent-setting, policyholder-friendly law for long-tail insurance claims (R.T. Vanderbilt v. Hartford) first among “The Biggest Property & Casualty Insurance Rulings Of 2019.” Other leading legal and insurance media including Law.com, P&C 360, and RMMagazine.com also reported on the case.
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Hoke LLC Prevails in Massive... Read More
Recent media reports regarding Hoke LLC and its cases. For additional media mentions, please see Publications and Speaking Engagements.
Law 360: Four Ways Connecticut Justices Set Precedent On Asbestos Coverage
Bloomberg: Small Talc Companies Eye J&J Verdict As ‘Existential Threat’
Law 360: Talc Co. Needn’t Fill Asbestos Insurance Gap
Business Insurance: Ruling Largely Favors Policyholder In Asbestos Related Claim
JD Supra: Breaking News: CT... Read More
Last Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited landmark ruling in the Vanderbilt Minerals insurance coverage case establishing critical insurance principles impacting “long-tail” claims such as asbestos, talc and pollution. The case was identified as the first “Most Important Case to Watch in 2019” in the U.S. by leading insurance website Insurance Law360. Hoke LLC has successfully represented... Read More
CHICAGO FIRM’S CASE LISTED AS FIRST OF “INSURANCE CASES TO WATCH IN 2019” IN THE U.S. BY LAW 360
CHICAGO: Hoke LLC represents the policyholder plaintiff in the lead case listed by prominent legal website Insurance Law 360 as “Insurance Cases to Watch in 2019” in the United States. See Link. On behalf of Vanderbilt Minerals, LLC, Hoke LLC prevailed both at trial... Read More
Our policyholder client was sued claiming an important new product it recently launched was based on trade secrets belonging to another company. The plaintiff-claimant alleged that one of its former employees had been hired by our client and that the idea and design of our client’s new product was a trade secret developed during his employment with the claimant. ... Read More
Hoke LLC represented a national trust company in a dispute regarding whether the client had insurance under its Directors’ & Officers’ and Bankers Professional Liability policy for suits brought by underlying plaintiffs claiming they were victims of a $100M Ponzi scheme that was featured on American Greed. The coverage litigation involved claims against the insurer for declaratory relief, breach of... Read More
Obtained insurance coverage for the successful settlement of two underlying class actions for: 1) an EU-based manufacturer sued in the U.S. for the sale of 1,000,000 allegedly dangerous and defective vehicles from a complicated international insurance program with substantial SIR and captive components; and 2) a national food distributor prominently accused in the media of systematic racial discrimination... Read More
Hoke LLC was retained by a large publicly traded client after its ERISA claim for benefits was completely denied by its EBL insurer. After making a novel argument that the policy benefits exclusion did not apply, Hoke LLC was able to secure agreement from the carrier to fund the majority of a settlement of the underlying ERISA claim all... Read More
Representing a major asbestos defendant, Steve assisted in securing access to approximately $1.8B in insurance proceeds either collected or committed. This includes recovery from both solvent and insolvent insurers, including some select policy commutations. He secured several significant legal rulings in a related coverage action, including a novel first-of-its-kind “cost-in-addition” recovery from excess insurers and a finding that overseas... Read More