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Case of the Day: Narbut v. Manulife

Posted on July 3, 2020

The case of the day is Narbut v. Manulife Financial Corp. (D. Mass. 2020). Paula Narbut alleged that she slipped and fell on a wet floor in the lobby of a building owned by Manulife, a Canadian company. She sued for negligence. Narbut made a request to the Canadian central authority to serve process on Manulife, and the central authority served a “senior legal assistant” at the company’s Toronto office. Manulife moved to dismiss for insufficient service of process, arguing that the legal assistant was not a proper person to receive service under Ontario’s rules of civil procedure.

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Case of the Day: CE Design Ltd. v. HealthCraft Products

Posted on May 10, 2017

The case of the day is CE Design Ltd. v. HealthCraft Products, Inc. (Ill. App. Ct. 2017). CE Design was an Illinois company, defunct since 2010, and HealthCraft was a Canadian home health equipment firm. ING, a Canadian insurance company, was HealthCraft’s liability insurer. CE Design brought a class action complaint against HealthCraft in Chicago, alleging that HealthCraft had sent it unsolicited faxes. HealthCraft tendered defense of the action to ING, which reserved its rights pending investigation. Meanwhile, HealthCraft hired its own lawyer, moved to dismiss, and eventually reached a preliminary settlement for approximately $500,000, along with an assignment of its rights under the ING policy to CE Design. The settlement was preliminary because class action settlements have to be approved by the court.

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Case of the Day: CE Design v. HealthCraft Products

Posted on March 20, 2017

The case of the day is CE Design Ltd. v. HealthCraft Products, Inc. (Ill. App. Ct. 2017). CE Design, a now-defunct Illinois business, brought a class action in Chicago against HealthCraft, an Ontario business, alleging that HealthCraft had sent it and other class members unsolicited faxes. HealthCraft tendered the defense of the case to its liability insurer, ING, a Canadian insurer. ING reserved its rights while it investigated the claim. In the meanwhile, HealthCraft hired its own counsel and agreed to a settlement with CE Design for $543,000 and assignment to CE Design of all of HealthCraft’s claims against ING. The Illinois court approved the settlement without prior notice to ING and entered a consent judgment.

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