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Representation of American Empire Surplus Insurance Co. in numerous environmental insurance matters throughout the United States. The insureds include such companies as Aerojet General Corporation, Rohr Industries, Rheem Manufacturing Co., World Oil Co. and Carboline Company, including fishing charters in Destin.

Representation of a titanium plate distributor in connection with various coverage matters, including litigation against Watercloud Bed Company involving a claim for coverage for a patent claim under the advertising injury provisions of its liability policy.

Representation of Country Mutual Insurance Company in connection with hazardous waste claims and claims under first-party property insurance policies for alleged property damage arising from the presence of asbestos in buildings.

As amicus curiae counsel to various insurance industry trade associations. For example, on behalf of theAssociation of California Insurance Companies, Our qualified helped convince the California Supreme Court to review a major case involving the constitutionality of punitive damages under California law as well as the appropriate protections required for the imposition of punitive damage issues. And on behalf of the Health Insurance Association of America, we assisted in convincing the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit that the common law rule of construing ambiguities against insurance companies does not apply in cases involving insured ERISA plans.

Representation of Chicago Tribune Company, Tribune Media Services, Inc. and the author of Dick Tracy in trademark infringement, unfair competition, libel and privacy actions in state and federal courts brought by owners of a record business with names identical to characters in a series of “Dick Tracy” strips.

Representation of IBM with co-counsel in prosecuting Lanham Act and other trademark infringement claims against Comdisco, Inc. IBM alleges that Comdisco intentionally leased and sold non-IBM manufactured counterfeit memory cards bearing the IBM trademark for IBM’s high performance 3090 computer processors.

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