The client, a large international manufacturer, was a defendant in a high-value commercial dispute regarding the alleged failure of its emergency shut-down component incorporated into the engine of a naval vessel purchased by a foreign government. We assisted the client in securing a defense from the primary carrier. After 10 years of litigation, the case settled for a substantial... Read More
“As a matter of first impression,” CT Appellate Court applies “continuous trigger” and the “availability rule,” while declining to apply pollution exclusions.
Last week a Connecticut appeals court, in a 250 page opinion following a six hour appellate hearing, established state precedent on multiple long-tail coverage issues that were “matters of first impression” in Connecticut. Hoke LLC represented the policyholder,... Read More
Steve spoke at the 2017 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Seminar on March 2, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. His panel was titled: “Is Talc the New Asbestos? Will the History of Asbestos and Silica Impact the Answer to That Question?”
“Availability Rule’s Death Has Been Greatly Exaggerated,” Jacob Mihm, Law360, January 26, 2017.
“The Two Very Different Types of Cosmetic Talc Claims,” Stephen Hoke, Insurance Law360 and ProductsLiability360, December 9, 2016.
“Rewriting History: Boston Gas and Keyspan,” Jacob Mihm, Law360, October 6, 2016.
Steve Hoke chaired the first-ever Talc Insurance Coverage Conference for Perrin Conferences on July 20, 2016.
He also Co-Chaired both the 2015 ACI Insurance Allocation Conference in Chicago and ACI Inaugural Allocation Conference in NYC in October 2014. The “first of their kind” conferences deeply explored the technical aspects of insurance allocation issues in complex policyholder disputes.
Steve is a frequent speaker... Read More
In his capacity of representing a major asbestos defendant, Steve assisted in securing access to over $1.4B 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... Read More
Stephen Hoke was named a Super Lawyer for 2019. Steve has been named as a Super Lawyer every year since 2008. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous... 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
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 Ponzi scheme. The coverage litigation involved claims against the insurer for declaratory relief, breach of contract, reformation, and bad faith, as... Read More
Hoke LLC represented the policyholder in the trial which was reported in Insurance Law 360 (headline below):
Policyholder Scores In Asbestos Coverage Row Of 30 Insurers
A Connecticut judge held Friday that neither pollution nor occupational injury exclusions eliminate indemnity coverage for policyholder’s massive asbestos liabilities, ending the second phase of a two-year trial involving more than 30 insurers.
The court’s rulings can... Read More