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What Kinds of Insurance Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 2 – 2005-2019)?

Between 2005 and 2019, the Supreme Court has decided 32 insurance cases.  Twelve of those cases involved coverage issues.  Eight involved defenses to coverage.  Six cases involved exclusions to coverage.  There were three cases involving regulatory issues, two “other” and none involving excess coverage. Join us back here next week as we turn our attention … Continue Reading

What Kinds of Insurance Cases Does the Supreme Court Decide (Part 1 – 1990-2004)?

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 … Continue Reading

How Did Justices Theis and Neville Vote in Cases Involving Insurer Parties?

Today, because insurer cases have been comparatively uncommon in recent years, we’re reviewing our final two sets of Justices’ voting records in a single post.  First, Justice Theis. Since joining the Court, Justice Theis has participated in ten civil cases involving insurers as named parties, supporting the insurers in six of those cases and voting … Continue Reading

How Has Chief Justice Burke Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

We continue our analysis of the individual Justices’ voting records in insurance law cases with Chief Justice Burke. During her tenure, the Chief Justice has sat on 24 civil cases involving insurer parties. She has split her votes down the middle: 12 votes for the insurer, 12 votes against. Those totals hold even when we … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Karmeier Voted in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we’re continuing our seven-part post analyzing the individual Justices’ voting records in civil cases involving insurer parties. Justice Karmeier joined the Court in 2005. Since that time, he has supported the insurer’s position in 18 civil cases, while opposing the insurer in 14 cases. From 2005 to 2008, he voted for insurers in 11 … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Thomas Vote in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Today, we address the voting record of Justice Thomas throughout his entire tenure on the Court in civil cases involving an insurer party. Since 2001, Justice Thomas has voted for insurers’ position in 23 civil cases while voting against insurers 20 times. From 2001 to 2010, Justice Thomas voted for insurers 18 times to 15 … Continue Reading

How Did Justice Kilbride Vote in Civil Cases With Insurer Parties?

Last week, we began our seven-post series, reviewing each Justice’s voting record by the area of law involved – first up, insurance law cases. In our first Table, we show Justice Kilbride’s year-by-year votes for and against the position of insurer parties in civil cases. Since 2001, Justice Kilbride has split his votes evenly – … Continue Reading

How Has Justice Garman Voted in Insurance Law Cases?

Today, we begin a seven-post series, reviewing how each Justice has voted in insurer cases overall. First up is the Court’s senior Justice, Justice Rita Garman. In our first table, we report Justice Garman’s votes for and against insurer parties in civil insurance law cases. Since 2001, Justice Garman has voted for insurers in twenty-three … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court Between 2000 and 2009?

We continue our review of the how insurers have fared at the Supreme Court, this time reviewing the years 2000 to 2009. For the decade, insurers did reasonably well, winning nineteen cases while losing fourteen. Between 2005 and 2008, insurers won eleven cases while losing only five. As we saw last time, defending wins from … Continue Reading

How Did Insurers Fare at the Supreme Court in the 1990s?

Today we’re beginning a multi-part post, emphasizing how the insurance industry has fared over the past thirty years at the Illinois Supreme Court. Later this week, we’ll begin a similar series over at the California Supreme Court Review. First, we report the most basic number of all – insurer parties’ won-lost record at the Supreme … Continue Reading

Reviewing the Justices’ Voting Records in Insurance Law Cases, 1990-2018

Yesterday, we looked at the data for the number and type of insurance law cases the Court has decided, year-by-year, since 1990, as well as the insurers’ winning percentage in those cases.  Today, we’re reviewing the individual Justices’ voting records in insurance law cases. In Table 1065, we show yearly votes for insurer parties for … Continue Reading
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