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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.

Appellate Information

  • 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.