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Practitioner's Guide to Litigating Insurance Coverage Actions, 3 vols.

The Practitioner's Guide to Litigating Insurance Coverage Actions provides well-researched, thoughtful insight into the complicated world of environmental insurance coverage disputes. Authored by a team of litigators skilled in this complex field, this is a text that no serious practitioner handling environmental insurance coverage disputes should be without.

In this work, the authors have achieved their stated goal: to create a comprehensive framework to guide the practitioner through the various phases of an environmental insurance coverage action. Indeed, the three-volume reference work is readable, and it is well-indexed for easy accessibility.

These books consist of 17 chapters, covering topics from assessing insurance coverage and investigation through the various stages of litigation. Although the authors touch briefly on various substantive issues (including an excellent discussion of common issues on summary judgment), the primary focus of these books is procedural (drafting pleadings, letters, and so on).

Each chapter includes a brief introduction, practice pointers, and forms and example pleadings. The real strength of the books lies in the forms and pleadings. The authors have painstakingly compiled and edited hundreds of pleadings and other documents in their effort to assemble an excellent compendium of examples.

Included in this correction are motions, discovery requests, transcripts of testimony, statements and arguments of counsel, and jury instructions. These examples provide valuable building blocks on which the practitioner can structure his or her own case. For example, the authors have included hundreds of interrogatories that can help the practitioner focus on the numerous issues that arise in environmental insurance coverage actions.

Finally, it is worth noting that the authors have carefully included practice pointers and forms for both insurance companies and policyholders. Inasmuch as insurance coverage actions are initiated by companies and policyholders, the authors' effort to cover both perspectives is helpful to the practitioner.

Edward L. Clark is a partner with Clark, Perdue, Roberts & Scott in Columbus, Ohio.
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Author:Clark, Edward L.
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Date:Jun 1, 1995
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