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. 

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Year:
2010
Court:
Arizona Supreme Court
Issue:
Commercial General Liability
State:
Arizona

The issue is whether contract-tort distinction should apply to control coverage under a standard form commercial general liability ("CGL") insurance policy and what is the intended scope of the... Read more

Year:
2010
Court:
Louisiana Supreme Court
Issue:
Duty to Defend or Indemnify
State:
Louisiana

May an insurer enforce the coverage limiting provisions of its insurance policies that it breached upon breaching its respective duties to defend and indemnify?

Year:
2010
Court:
California Court of Appeal, 1st District, Division 4
Issue:
Absolute Pollution Exclusion
State:
California

This is a "total pollution exclusion" case akin to--though with significantly different facts than--the Cold Creek Compost case.  In this matter, a homeowners association hired a contractor to... Read more

Year:
2010
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
Issue:
180 day policy
State:
New York

Does Allstate’s 180 day policy language violate New York’s Standard Fire Policy?
Is Allstate’s 180 day policy language ambiguous? UP argued that it is not reasonable to uphold language in... Read more

Year:
2004
Court:
California Court of Appeal
Issue:
Pollution Exclusion
State:
California
Year:
2009
Court:
U.S. Supreme Court
Issue:
ERISA
State:
--United States--

UP weighed in along with three other organizations to advance the position that where there is a conflict between plan documents, the one that favors plan participants should control, or, in the... Read more

Year:
2009
Court:
Arizona Supreme Court
Issue:
Interpleader, The Duty of Good Faith
State:
Arizona

Whether an insurance company's filing of an "interpleader" in a multiple claimant case protects the insured’s interests and fulfills the carrier’s duty of good faith.  UP's brief was written pro... Read more

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

Whether an excess insurance carrier’s denial of coverage to a policyholder who settles with its primary insurance company for an amount below the primary insurance company’s limits violates the... Read more

Year:
2009
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
Issue:
Prejudice/Post claims underwriting
State:
Georgia

Issues involve: (1) whether insurance company must be prejudiced in order for there to be material breach of the cooperation clause such that it bars coverage and (2) whether the insurance company... Read more

Year:
1998
Court:
U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
Issue:
Standing
State:
Wyoming