One of the bright lights of legal writing and insurance coverage writing in particular is Randy Maniloff, a coverage lawyer in Philadelphia. With a truckload of new readers here, this is a good time to bring you Randy’s annual look at the year’s ten most significant coverage decisions, the seventh consecutive time he was written this really difficult piece for Mealey’s Litigation Report.
I read it all — you’ve got to really like a writer who can make you laugh aloud when writing about insurance (the item on the global warming case broke me up) — and I guess I can’t disagree with the selections, except that if I was writing it, the Top 10 would all be Katrina cases, because that’s mostly what I’ve written about for the past year, so much so that I haven’t paid much attention to anything else. I’d probably also make it the Top 11 and include Woo v. Fireman’s Fund, the case about Dr. Woo, aka " the pig-slayer," a dentist who put fake pig teeth in an anesthetized patient’s mouth and took pictures, which I wrote about at length here and here.
Randy has been a good friend of this blog since back in the day, when my daily visitors were measured in the dozens (if I was lucky) rather than the thousands. If you like the piece, let him know, his e-mail address is in the article. When you’ve got a long piece of careful analysis that is also written with style and humor, you’ve got something pretty rare on your hands. It took a lot of effort and skill to do what he did. Without further ado, here it is, 2007’s Top 10 coverage cases.