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Hirtzel, Lettieri, Novak Win Motion to Dismiss Breach of Insurance Contract

By: Gregory Hirtzel, Frances Lettieri, and Benjamin Novak FHMS attorneys Gregory Hirtzel, Frances Lettieri, and Benjamin Novak recently secured a dismissal in a federal case involving an alleged breach of insurance contract. The decision reinforces the rule that coverage under a liability insurance policy is not triggered unless there is a claim by a third… Read More ❯

A Case for Why the First Manifestation Rule Should be Applied in Construction Defect Cases

By: Gregory S. Hirtzel and Benjamin P. Novak The first manifestation rule is straightforward to apply, derived from policy language, and consistent with the notion that insurance exists to cover fortuitous losses. Recently, however, there has been a push in Pennsylvania to replace the first manifestation rule with the “continuous” or “triple” trigger rule in construction… Read More ❯

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Joseph Fowler Named Leader of The Gavel Transportation Group

FHMS Partner Joseph Fowler was chosen to lead the Transportation Group of The Gavel, a national claims defense network. The group consists of vetted attorneys throughout the country who have significant experience defending transportation cases. Under his leadership, the Transportation Group plans to be a collaborative resource for advancing the defense of these cases across… Read More ❯

Eckell and Spaulding Present Webinar on Premises Liability Law

FHMS partners Lee Eckell and Andrew Spaulding presented a webinar on the basics of premises liability law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The webinar provided attorneys and insurance industry claims handlers with basic knowledge on how to defend premises liability claims. Mr. Eckell and Mr. Spaulding used real case examples to discuss topics such as… Read More ❯

Lettieri, Chow, and Molotsky Present Webinars to Insurance Professionals

Last month, FHMS partners Frances Lettieri, Dennis Chow, and Allan Molotsky presented two webinars to insurance professionals. The first webinar was given on December 15, 2020. Ms. Lettieri, Mr. Chow, and Mr. Molotsky presented the latest case law updates and discussed coverage litigation trends. On December 16, 2020, Ms. Lettieri, Mr. Chow, and Mr. Molotsky… Read More ❯

Lettieri and Chow Present Webinar on Condominium and Homeowners Associate Claims

FHMS partners Frances Lettieri and Dennis Chow presented a webinar to insurance professionals reviewing Director and Officer’s coverage for condominium and homeowners associations.  This presentation was designed as a training program to provide an overview for the handling of such claims.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Fast Tracks Personal Jurisdiction Case on Consent

By: Matthew Vodzak The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will decide whether Pennsylvania’s long arm personal jurisdiction statute is constitutional. That statute permits Pennsylvania to exercise general personal jurisdiction over foreign companies that are registered to do business in Pennsylvania. FHMS Partner Matt Vodzak provides insight on how the Pennsylvania Supreme Court might rule. Click here to… Read More ❯

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Fowler Presents Webinar to Lancer Insurance Company

On Tuesday, December 8th, FHMS Partner Joseph Fowler presented a 2-hour webinar to Lancer Insurance Company. Mr. Fowler was joined in presenting the webinar by David Farina, Esq. of Cray and Huber of Chicago, Il. Mr. Fowler and Mr. Farina discussed how to effectively use biomechanics experts to defend cases, how to document and preserve… Read More ❯

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Fowler Presents Webinar to Carolina Casualty Insurance Company

On Friday, December 4th, FHMS Partner Joseph Fowler participated in a live webinar presentation to commercial vehicle insurance company, Carolina Casualty. Fowler was joined by six other members of the Gavel Network. The CLE-accredited webinar featured three sessions and ended with a trucking potpourri. Fowler, alongside Michael Hostetter of Nall & Miller, led the first… Read More ❯

Hirtzel, Chow, and Novak Present Webinar on Auto Case Law and UM/UIM Coverage

On Thursday, December 3rd, Gregory Hirtzel, Dennis Chow, and Benjamin Novak presented a lunchtime webinar on some of Pennsylvania’s most recent court decisions regarding auto case law and UM/UIM coverage. The topics discussed included coverage election forms, UM and UIM coverage exclusions, whether the admissibility of future medical bills are subject to the MVFRL’s cost… Read More ❯

Hirtzel and Lettieri Present Webinar on Reservation of Rights

On Thursday, November 19th, partners Gregory Hirtzel and Frances Lettieri presented a webinar on Reservation of Rights. Hirtzel, a seasoned litigator in all manner of high exposure casualty claims whose practice crosses over into risk transfer and insurance coverage matters and Lettieri, a partner in the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith practice, provided a… Read More ❯

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Fowler to Present Webinar for Northfield and Northland Insurance Companies

FHMS Partner Joseph Fowler will participate in a live webinar presentation to Northfield and Northland insurance companies on Wednesday, October 28. The webinar will include six attorneys from the Gavel Network. In addition to Fowler, John Messersmith (Kalbaugh Pfund & Messersmith), Daniel Santaniello (Luks Santaniello Petrillo & Cohen), Derrick Dewitt (Dewitt Paruolo & Meek), Michael… Read More ❯

Fowler and Taranto Present Webinar on Catastrophic Incidents

Joseph Fowler and Damian Taranto of FHMS, along with Justin P. Schorr, Ph.D., Lt. Col. Bryan J. Smith, P.E., and Robert Kinder, Jr. of DJS Associates, recently presented a webinar on catastrophic incidents. The three-hour webinar educated attendees on how to avoid, prepare for, and react to these incidents. The speakers used data, collection technology,… Read More ❯