Martin & Seibert, L.C. shareholder and director of litigation E. Kay Fuller was selected as a member of the faculty for the 2009 DRI Insurance Coverage & Practice Symposium. She spoke on emerging trends in coverage litigation nationally and provided practitioners with her insights as to policyholder attempts to stretch coverage to fit traditionally non-covered events.
Her presentation focused upon a number of decisions of first impression in state and federal courts across the country that impacted insurers on a coverage and indemnification basis - some of which also serve as the basis for extra-contractual litigation. Fuller noted for those in attendance that exclusions are being challenged much more frequently as are amendatory endorsements as well as attempts to expand the definition of insureds so as to trigger coverage. Fuller also cautioned insurers that taking "shortcuts" due to the economic downturn could later prove costly if insurers ultimately take inconsistent positions on coverage issues.
A copy of her paper, co-authored with Susan Popik in San Francisco, can be found by clicking this link Strategies & Strategems. Fuller is available for consultation on coverage and extra-contractual litigation and can be reached at (304) 262-3209.
Ms. Fuller is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in West Virginia
and Virginia as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. She was awarded
membership in the Order of Barristers while attending the West Virginia University
College of Law and was recently recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the fields of
civil litigation defense and appellate advocacy in West Virginia.