Tennessee Insurance Litigation Blog

Tennessee Insurance Litigation Blog

Legal insights on insurance litigation in the State of Tennessee

The Policyholder’s Perspective from
Brandon McWherter
of Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC
J. Brandon McWherter is a partner at Gilbert Russell McWherter Scott Bobbitt PLC, which has four Tennessee offices in Memphis, Jackson, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Read More
The Insurance Company’s Perspective from
Parks T. Chastain
of Brewer, Krause, Brooks & Chastain, PLLC
Parks T. Chastain, a member in the Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Brewer, Krause, Brooks, Chastain & Burrow, PLLC, focuses on the representation of insurers. Read More

Tag Archives: Tennessee insurance

Water Damage from an Aquarium – Covered or Not?

Posted in Coverage Issues
Most water damage is covered in a typical homeowner’s policy. However, this coverage may only extend to the structure, and not the personal property, depending on the policy language. This is because many homeowner’s policies cover all forms of direct physical loss – subject to certain exclusions. Conversely, personal property may be covered by only… Continue Reading

Is Prejudice Required to Avoid Recovery for Failure to Submit to an Examination Under Oath?

Posted in Examinations Under Oath
 Back in 2009, Parks wrote about the Spears v. TFMIC case and correctly cited it for the proposition that an insured must submit to an examination under oath upon request, and that a failure to do so can bar recovery on an insurance claim.  Notably absent from the Spears opinion was any requirement of prejudice in… Continue Reading

The Law of California Applies to an Insurance Policy Insuring Tennessee Property?

Posted in Coverage Issues
Practitioners should be aware that Tennessee courts generally apply the law of the state where an insurance policy was issued and delivered if there is no enforceable choice of law clause in the policy.  Gov’t. Employees Ins. Co. v. Bloodworth, 2007 Tenn. App. LEXIS 404 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2007).  So, for example, if a policy on… Continue Reading

Morrison v. Allen, Part II

Posted in Application Misrepresentations
Yesterday I wrote about the February 2011 landmark decision of the Tennessee Supreme Court in Morrison v. Allen.  There was one relatively minor point concerning an alleged misrepresentation in an application that grabbed my attention.  In Morrison, the insurance company denied Ms. Morrison’s claim for life insurance benefits based on alleged misrepresentations of her husband… Continue Reading