Steve Hoke secured a finding that various Lloyd’s syndicates were no longer “admitted” in Illinois, thus forcing it to post a $7 million “pre-answer” bond in lieu of default – the first ever such ruling in Illinois and the nation. Shortly after the ruling, London agreed for the first time to pay defense costs for Hoke’s client, a top... Read More
In Michigan State Court, Hoke LLC argued and won an appeal of the dismissal of an offensive coverage action filed by an insurer in a complex $100 million environmental coverage action in favor of a more favorable jurisdiction.
Hoke LLC was the designated Due Diligence Team Leader for several major law firms in the purchase of a top ten asbestos defendant. Hoke LLC was responsible for the final analysis and opinion of the underlying risk, the insurance assets and all aspects of corporate successor liability and was the ultimate “red-light / green-light” for the purchase.
Steve Hoke served as National Coordinating Counsel for major products defendant with over 20,000 claims (successfully reduced to 7,000 with corresponding reduction in defense outlays). He was responsible for the direction of discovery, settlement, and trial strategy matters, in addition to insurance recovery responsibilities.
Hoke LLC won a landmark victory defeating motions for summary judgment that sought to apply the pollution exclusion to asbestos claims. It was both an important victory for the client as it preserved access to as much as $800 million in insurance for its asbestos claims, but it was also an important victory for policyholders as a whole because... Read More
Hoke LLC Conducted an RFP for a state-of-the-art claims and litigation support system for an asbestos defendant policyholder, and secured 100% insurance company funding for the system – outside of the carriers’ limits – at a $3 million estimated NPV.