Last week, we drilled down on the Court’s tort docket, reviewing the sub-areas of tort law that the Court’s cases have been drawn from over the past thirty years. This week, we’re doing the same thing for the Court’s insurance law cases.
We divide the insurance cases into seven categories: Coverage (and the insurer’s duties resulting from coverage, such as duty to defend); Excess coverage; Separate torts by insurers; Exclusions; Defenses; Regulatory issues and “Other.” Since all of the Court’s insurance cases between 1990 and 2004 fell into one of the first six categories, we omit “other” in the chart below.
The Court decided 22 coverage cases during these years. Fifteen cases related to insurer defenses. Another dozen related to coverage exclusions. The Supreme Court decided five regulatory cases, two cases relating to excess coverage issues, and one regarding separate torts.
Join us back here next time as we review the cases for the years 2005 through 2019.