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Manufacturing & Mining

Chocolate Processing Facilities
We represented a manufacturer of premium chocolate in connection with a stock-in-process loss at one of its chocolate processing facilities.  In a dispute with the insurer regarding interpretation of the policy’s valuation provision, we negotiated a substantial recovery. Read More
Computer Hard Drive Manufacturer
We represented a major computer hard drive manufacturer in connection with a $14 million dollar business interruption claim, and obtained a substantial recovery on behalf of our client.  We worked with the company’s forensic accountants to quantify the loss and negotiated with the insurers to resolve complex disputes regarding loss valuation and calculation of the policy’s deductible. Read More
John Crane, Inc. v. Admiral Ins. Co
On appeal, we successfully overturned unfavorable trial court rulings entered against John Crane, Inc. regarding insurance coverage for asbestos judgments.  Taking over this complex insurance lawsuit from previous trial counsel, our work preserved over $150 million in excess insurance coverage.  In the process, we turned back a serious challenge to the “all sums” allocation rule in Illinois.  John Crane, Inc. v. Admiral Ins. Co., 991 N.E.2d 474 (Ill. App. 2013). Read More
Thailand Flooding
We negotiated a settlement of over $45 million in property and business income losses for an optical communication device manufacturer arising out of a flood at its manufacturing facilities in Thailand.  We negotiated with the company’s multiple insurance carriers (including several foreign insurers) to resolve complex disputes involving loss valuation, subrogation claims, business interruption losses resulting from lost research and development, salvage values, and the availability of other insurance provided by the client’s contract manufacturer. Read More
U.S. Borax v. Royal Indem. Co., et al.
We represented U.S. Borax, a mining and chemical company, in insurance coverage litigation over multi-state, multi-site environmental coverage clean-up costs involving over 80 policies issued over a 25-year period.  After securing favorable Phase I rulings on key legal and policy interpretation issues, we obtained substantial recoveries in settlement on the eve of a jury trial and preserved coverage for potential future claims.  U.S. Borax v. Royal Indem. Co., et al., S.F. Sup. Ct. Case No. CGC-05-444742. Read More