About the Amicus Library

Welcome to the Amicus Project library. Here you will find copies of the briefs we have filed on behalf of insurance consumers. UP brings a unique consumer voice before courts confronting insurance issues - reminding judges that there are real people who have suffered real loss behind the case captions.

At the time UP published its 2011 report entitled: "Twenty Years Protecting, Defending and Advancing Policyholders Rights" we had filed 300+ briefs since our founding in 1991. UP's Amicus Project output has grown exponentially and more and more courts are hearing our voice and adopting our arguments. 

UP's Amicus Project is made possible by the hundreds of dedicated policyholder attorneys who generously volunteer their time to write our briefs. Click here to view the attorneys who make up our Amicus Project Team

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Year:
2009
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
Issue:
State:
Texas

This appeal addresses two issues of importance to policyholders across the country: (1) can “property damage” to the insured’s “product” be considered an “accident” or “occurrence” for purposes of... Read more

Year:
1996
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
Issue:
Trademark Infringement, Advertising Injury
State:
Michigan

Trademark infringement claims should be covered under standard form advertising injury policy.

Year:
2007
Court:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Issue:
Errors and Omissions; Late Notice
State:
Pennsylvania

Errors and Omissions, or "E&O" insurance. If an insurance company attempts to avoid its coverage obligations under a claims-made policy due to “late notice,” the insurance company must bear... Read more

Year:
2003
Court:
Supreme Court of Illinois
Issue:
Late Notice
State:
Illinois

Late notice; all sums; joint and several; allocation

Year:
2003
Court:
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Issue:
Coverage
State:
Pennsylvania

Since the term “collapse” in the policy is ambiguous and connotes only a substantial impairment of a building’s structural integrity, there must be coverage for “imminent collapse” Court quotes UP... Read more

Year:
2005
Court:
California Supreme Court
Issue:
Duty to Defend
State:
California

Request for Rehearing--UP argued that the Court of Appeal improperly ignored the State Farm policy language obligating the insurer to defend both claims and suits. By ignoring this language the... Read more