Motiva Enters., LLC v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Ins. Co., 05-20139
Summary judgment for defendant-insurer in a coverage dispute involving plaintiff's settlement of underlying personal injury claims is affirmed where: 1) the insured's breach of a consent-to-settle clause was not excused by the insurer's tender of a defense with a reservation of rights; and 2) the insurer suffered prejudice as a matter of law and had no obligation to reimburse the insured for settlement.
- Decided 03/28/2006
- Published 03/29/2006
- W. EUGENE DAVIS, Circuit Judge:, Before REAVLEY, DAVIS and WIENER, Circuit Judges.
- United States Fifth Circuit
- For Appellant:
- William T. Hankinson, Katherine D. Varholak, Christopher R. Moseley, Sherman & Howard, Denver, CO, Robert M. Roach, Jr. (argued), Cook & Roach, Houston, TX, for Plaintiff-Appellant., Charles L. Stern, Jr., Steeg & O'Connor, New Orleans, LA, William G. Passannante, David A. Kochman, Anderson, Kill & Olick, New York City, for United Policyholders, Amicus Curiae.
- For Appellees:
- Jeffrey R. Parsons (argued), Stephen B. Edmundson, Beirne, Maynard & Parsons, Houston, TX, for Defendant-Appellee.