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New Insurance Coverage Treatise Chapter Authored by GTTC Lawyer

September 20, 2016

GTTC partner Susannah Carr has authored the Washington State law chapter of a new insurance coverage treatise, Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions.  

Recently published by the American Bar Association, this book examines the varied approaches used among all 50 states to interpret and apply insurance policies.  Jurisdictions can differ on core issues such as:

– The degree of deference given the “reasonable expectations” of the insured,
– How those expectations are determined, and
– The circumstances in which they may affect the meaning of policy language.

Reasonable Expectations is an indispensable tool for insurance coverage lawyers handling claims arising in multiple states, including the assessment of conflict-of-laws issues or when litigating a forum dispute.  The treatise also addresses the approaches of Canada, England, Wales, and the forthcoming Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance from the American Law Institute.

Susannah was specifically invited to develop this chapter by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) of the American Bar Association.  She regularly lectures on the topic of insurance coverage and is often asked to speak on insurance-recovery topics at CLEs. Previously, Ms. Carr co-authored a chapter on environmental insurance recovery for the Real Property Deskbook of the Washington State Bar Association.

Reasonable Expectations is now available for purchase directly from the American Bar Association.

About GTTC: Founded in 1996, Gordon Tilden Thomas & Cordell, LLP is a Seattle trial practice firm. We provide insurance policyholder recovery litigation, business litigation, and personal injury litigation to a broad spectrum of clients – from FORTUNE 50 corporations to individuals.

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