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:
2016
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
Issue:
Contract Interpretation, Ambiguous Terms
State:
Pennsylvania

Under Pennsylvania law, insurers have the burden to prove that an exception applies in order to deny coverage.

Year:
2016
Court:
Colorado Supreme Court
Issue:
Protective orders, Claims handling procedures
State:
Colorado

Absent a legitimate justification, insurers may not seek protective orders for internal documents on claims handling procedures sought in discovery which may indicate a pattern and practice, or at... Read more

Year:
2016
Court:
New York Court of Appeals
Issue:
Allocation and Contribution, Asbestos/long-tail liabilities
State:
New York

Joined by co-amici  the Asbestos PI Trust, ASARCO Asbestos Personal Injury Trust, Duro Dyne Corporation, ... Read more

Year:
2015
Court:
Connecticut Appellate Court
Issue:
Allocation and contribution of defense and indemnity costs
State:
Connecticut

Where a business purchases insurance to cover specific risks (here asbestos) an insurer may not "pro-rate" its liability based on an exclusion, when additional, different insurance is not... Read more

Year:
2015
Court:
Louisiana Supreme Court
Issue:
Duty to Defend, Allocation and Contribution
State:
Louisiana

 

Year:
2015
Court:
Georgia Supreme Court
Issue:
Absolute Pollution Exclusion
State:
Georgia

Claims for personal injury resulting from lead-based paint ingestion are not excluded from coverage pursuant to pollution exclusions typically included in commercial general liability (“CGL”)... Read more

Year:
2015
Court:
New York Court of Appeals
Issue:
Regulatory Authority, Prior Approval of Policies
State:
New York

Under the California Insurance Code, the Worker's Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is required to submit policy forms to the Department of Insurance for review before they may be approved for... Read more

Year:
2015
Court:
Washington Supreme Court
Issue:
Unfair Debt Collection Practices, Scope of State Consumer Protection Law
State:
Washington

Under the Washington state Consumer Protection Act ("CPA") consumers are protected from harassing and misleading collection notices from unscrupulous debt collectors who target, at the behest of... Read more

Year:
2015
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Issue:
Attorney-Client and Work-Product Privilege, Tripartite Relationship
State:
Florida

The District Court set a dangerous precedent in regards to the discovery and use of documents protected by the attorney-client privilege and work product immunity in insurance coverage cases.

Year:
2015
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Issue:
Notice Prejudice, Insured's Duty to Defend
State:
Maryland

UP addressed two issues in its brief: (1) under Maryland law, an insurer must show actual prejudice in order to escape coverage for a valid claim that is reported after the policy deadline; and (2... Read more