About the Amicus Library

Welcome to the Amicus Project library.  Here you will find copies of the 400+ legal briefs United Policyholders has filed as an "amicus curiae" (friend of the court) since 1991. We file amicus briefs to help courts respect and effectuate consumers' reasonable expectations of coverage and reach fair results in coverage and claim dispute lawsuits.  In addition to calling courts' attention to helpful legal precedents, UP helps judges consider the impact of their decisions on people and businesses that suffer dire consequences when insurance companies put their own profit motives ahead of their customers' best interests.

The United Policyholders Amicus Project is made possible by the hundreds of dedicated policyholder attorneys who generously volunteer their time to write, review and edit our briefs. Click here to view the attorneys who make up our Amicus Project Team

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UP chronicled our Amicus Project in a 2011 report titled "Twenty Years Protecting, Defending and Advancing Policyholders Rights

Year:
2020
Court:
United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
Issue:
COVID-19
State:

In its brief, UP urged the court against creating the first-ever nationwide insurance coverage MDL, attempting to consolidate all lawsuits seeking coverage for losses related to the COVID... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
United States District Court Middle District of Florida
Issue:
COVID-19
State:
Florida

In its brief, UP opposed a Motion to Dismiss and seeks to address the limited issue that the certain covered causes of loss (such as COVID-19 and civil authority orders) can in good faith be... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Issue:
COVID-19
State:
Pennsylvania

In its brief, UP weighed in to argue against a homogenous, one-size-fits-all judicial resolution for business interruption (BI) claims resulting from Governor Tom Wolf’s emergency order regulating... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
Supreme Court of the State of Montana
Issue:
Allocation and Contribution
State:
Montana

In its brief, UP argues that the District Court correctly held that NIC owes the State a complete defense and indemnity for long-tail asbestos claims under the “all sums” language in its insurance... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
In The Supreme Court of the State of Oregon
Issue:
Policy Interpretation
State:
Oregon

In its brief, UP weighed in to assist the Oregon Supreme Court in ruling on a dispute related to claims for long-tail coverage for environmental clean-up under policies with a variant of the... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Issue:
Duty to Defend
State:
California

People and companies that buy insurance to protect themselves from the cost of being sued by others, including by governments (as is the case here), depend on that insurance to pay for their legal... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
First District Court of Appeal, Division 2
Issue:
Bad Faith, Genuine Dispute Rule
State:
California

One of UP’s Platinum sponsors, Kerley Shaffer, LLP, obtained a reversal of summary judgment in favor of an insurance company in a bad faith claim. Fadeeff v.

Year:
2020
Court:
Supreme Court of the State of Delaware
Issue:
Notice Prejudice
State:
Delaware

In its brief, UP argues that a liability insurer cannot deny coverage for a policyholder’s defense costs solely because the policyholder did not seek the insurer’s consent to incur those costs in... Read more

Year:
2020
Court:
Supreme Court of Florida
Issue:
Consequential Damages, Remedies, Citizens
State:
Florida

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (“Citizens”) was created by the Florida legislature as a government entity and serves as an insurer of last resort.

Year:
2020
Court:
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Issue:
Labor Depreciation
State:
Kentucky

This lawsuit concerns deficient actual cash value (ACV) payments. Plaintiffs challenge State Farm’s method of calculating ACV and, in large part, challenge State Farm’s depreciation of labor.