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
Stephen Hoke was named a Super Lawyer for 2022. 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 multi-phased... Read More
Steve Hoke was retained by a Fortune 500 company to direct the annual multi-line renewal when the Risk Manager
left unexpectedly before year-end. He supervised the placement of the D & O, General Liability, general FinPro and other relevant coverages.
Hoke LLC Case Named One of the Five “Biggest Insurance Rulings of 2017” in the U.S.
CHICAGO: A trial verdict obtained by Hoke LLC and successfully defended on appeal was named one of the five “Biggest Insurance Rulings of 2017” in the U.S by Law360. The prestigious acknowledgement for Hoke LLC can be found here. The firm obtained the decision... 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
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.