On February 2, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin ordered the Wisconsin Election Commission to place Congressman Dean Phillips’ name on the primary ballot in response to a lawsuit on his behalf brought by lawyers at Burns Bair LLP and Foster Garvey. Phillips had sued the commission over his exclusion from the ballot, which he said was done without considering whether he met requirements for national news media recognition necessary to be put on the ballot under Wisconsin statutes. Read more
ST. PAUL, MN — A Minnesota federal court has turned aside efforts by TIG Insurance Company to deny coverage to three sexual abuse survivors who had obtained stipulated judgments against the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate religious order for negligent retention of one of the Catholic Church’s worst sexual predators. This case will now go to a jury trial with a strong signal that insurance funds may be available to compensate victims of sexual abuse even in states that the insurance industry thinks of as having tough standards for showing that sexual abuse incidents are “accidents” covered by general liability insurance policies. Read more
In arguments before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn in New York, Burns Bair secured a significant discovery request on behalf of the committee of unsecured creditors of the bankrupt Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre. The court’s order will allow the committee to gather more information about the financial solvency of a diocesan insurer to indemnify clerical abuse claimants. The insurer, Arrowood Indemnity Co., provided liability insurance with no aggregate limit for several of the years that are relevant to the abuse claims.
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Burns Bair has filed a lawsuit following threats from Republican lawmakers to impeach Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz, saying that impeachment would be a violation of her constitutional right to free speech. Read more
In a case involving the bankruptcy filed in May 2023 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland, Judge William J. Lafferty of the Northern District of California has issued an order confirming that the Unsecured Creditors Committee, which represents more than 325 sexual abuse survivors, now has broad authority to intervene in an insurance coverage adversary proceeding between the Diocese and its insurers. Read more
Burns Bair is pleased to announce that the firm’s two partners have been honored in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and one of the most-respected guides to the legal industry. Read more
A sexual abuse claim fund created by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester as part of its Chapter 11 plan has reached over $126 million, the diocese recently reported. In a status report filed with a New York bankruptcy court on Friday, July 21, the diocese stated that deals with a pair of its insurers totaling more than $50 million were responsible for the increase. This leaves only one of the diocese’s insurers that hasn’t agreed to pay into the abuse claims trust. Read more
Congratulations to the firm’s Tim Burns and Jesse Bair for being named to the list of the nation’s 500 top bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys by the Lawdragon legal guide. Read more
The firm is delighted to announce that partner Tim Burns has been named as one of only 31 lawyers in the nation recognized in the practice area of Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder by the Chambers USA guide to the legal profession. Read more