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REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Joseph C. Safar

Represented policyholder (industrial equipment manufacturer) in complex asbestos insurance coverage action involving over $1 billion of underlying liabilities and over forty excess insurers. The matter resulted in a nine figure recovery and placed under agreement over $1 billion of limits.
Represented policyholder (paper company) seeking coverage for cleanup costs and natural resources damages for one of the largest PCB cleanup sites in the United States; matter also involved issues related to insurance recovery set-offs in contribution litigation among PRPs. The matter resulted in an eight figure recovery.
Represented policyholder (hospitality management company) seeking coverage for putative class actions claims under Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
Represented foreign joint venture (mental manufacturer) seeking coverage for first-party property and business interruption losses under global property program of major global manufacturer; in addition to coverage, the case involved challenging jurisdiction and venue, choice of law and reinsurance cut-through issues arising from captive fronting arrangements. The matter resulted in a seven figure recovery.
Represented policyholder (staffing services company) in domestic arbitration seeking insurance coverage under employment practices liability policies for class actions claim under Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act.
Represented policyholder in confidential London-seated arbitration seeking coverage for healthcare liabilities under Bermuda form policies.
Represented policyholder (industrial equipment manufacturer) in complex asbestos insurance coverage action involving multiple coverage lines of predecessor companies and divested entities. The matter resulted in a nine figure recovery and placed under agreement over $1 billion of limits.
Represented policyholder (plumbing system components manufacturer) in coverage action involving allegedly defective plumbing system components. The matter resulted in an eight figure recovery.
Represented policyholder (energy E&P company) seeking coverage under energy package policy for hurricane damage to offshore oil and gas production assets and related removal of wreck liabilities. The matter resulted in an eight figure recovery.
Represented policyholder (garment manufacturer) in insurance coverage action arising out of chemical exposure from ink used on garments.
Represented policyholder in coverage action involving allegedly defective windows and doors; matter involved a successful appeal of occurrence/faulty workmanship issues.
Decades running representation of policyholder and successor entities (paper and packaging companies) in various insurance recovery matters, including comprehensive environmental and asbestos (products and premises) coverage actions, follow up claims against insolvents, several first party claims, healthcare coverage disputes, various additional insured claims under vendors' and suppliers' policies, E&O claims, and numerous general product and premises liability claims. The matters have resulted recoveries totaling in the nine figures.
Represented policyholder (metals manufacturer) in environmental coverage action seeking coverage under few unsettled policies in program; case involved issues of all sums allocation and settlement credits, if any.
Represented policyholder (diverse manufacturer and defense contractor) in one of the largest ever comprehensive environmental insurance coverage actions under third- and first-party policies for over fifty environmental sites across the United States. The matter resulted in a nine figure recovery.
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