• March 1, 2016
    Skarzynski Black attorneys obtained two favorable rulings for their clients in an action for declaratory judgment and breach of contract, resulting in a final judgment and total victory. 
  • September 30, 2015
    Skarzynski Black won summary judgment in favor of Scottsdale Indemnity Company. See, Strategic Forecasting, Inc. v. Scottsdale Indem. Co., No. 12CV5389JMAARL, 2015 WL 9694796 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 30, 2015). Strategic Forecasting involved a data breach class action filed against the Insured (“Stratfor”), an operator of a web-based purveyor of geo-political intelligence content and analysis. SB’s client, Scottsdale, issued a D&O Policy to Stratfor. Stratfor sought coverage for the class action; Scottsdale denied coverage arguing that the Scottsdale Policy’s broad-form professional services exclusion, which excluded coverage for all claims “arising out of” professional services, precluded coverage for the class action. Scottsdale maintained that the operation of a website was inherently a professional service, and claims arising out of the website’s negligent operation were therefore excluded from coverage.
  • November 19, 2015
    Skarzynski Black successfully defeated an antitrust suit asserted against its client, a travel agency.  The plaintiff in the suit, also a travel agency, alleged that Skarzynski Black’s client interfered with the plaintiff’s relationship as a franchisee of American Express Travel and entered an improper agreement to control the market for discounted first and business class airline tickets. 
  • March 23, 2015
    Skarzynski Black attorneys successfully obtained dismissal of an antitrust action alleging that the firm’s client had conspired with a unit of American Express to restrain trade in the sale of airline tickets. The March 16, 2015 ruling, issued by U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York, was a complete win for our client.
  • December 18, 2014
    After a long battle, Skarzynski Black achieved a major victory for its client, an individual shareholder of a privately held company in India.  The suit was filed in New York state court against Skarzynski Black’s client seeking enforcement of an alleged 20-year-old agreement for the sale of stock in the Indian company. 
  • July 29, 2014
    The firm won a major summary judgment decision on all counts of a long-running and complex coverage litigation in Pennsylvania state court. The decision is notable in several respects. The court held the insureds were required to show “actual payment” of all underlying limits including an insolvent layer to reach the excess attachment point.
  • December 6, 2013
    The firm won a substantial summary judgment on a claim for coverage arising out of liability for a nurse practitioner's admitted sexual misconduct with a patient. The ruling also dismissed a claim for insurance bad faith.
  • June 5, 2013
    In representing its client, Travelers Company, the firm has achieved a significant victory from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The ruling in Ali v. Federal Insurance Co., (link to ruling) will likely be of substantial precedential value to excess insurers who are faced with underlying insolvent or non-performing coverage layers.