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19JUN 2015

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion in Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., No. 13-80831-CIV, 2015 WL 3539755 (S.D. Fla. June 4, 2015), addressing an issue of first impression.  In Altman, the Court evaluated whether an insurer has a duty to defend and indemnify an insured who receives a Notice of Claim pursuant to Chapter 558, Florida Statutes.  Altman is important because a Court ruled that a Chapter 558 Notice of Claim is not a “civil proceeding” and therefore is not a “suit” under a standard form CG 00 01 insurance policy.  Therefore, the insurer had no obligation to defend or indemnify ACI, and it did not breach the policies, as a matter of law.

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