Gregory Varga

Gregory Varga

Greg Varga is a trial lawyer and the immediate past chair of Robinson+Cole’s Insurance + Reinsurance Group. For nearly two decades, his practice has focused on the representation of insurance companies nationally in complex insurance coverage litigation, in lawsuits seeking punitive damages and other extra-contractual remedies, and in other corporate litigation.

Greg is a frequent speaker and panelist at insurance industry and insurance bar programs, including the Property Loss Research Bureau, the Defense Research Institute, and the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. He has also lectured on trial techniques to other members of the bar.

Greg earned his J.D. from Boston College Law School where he was on Moot Court and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College in History.

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Update Regarding New York’s Mediation Amendment

The New York Department of Financial Services has appointed the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in New York as the exclusive “designated organization” to handle Storm Sandy mediations pursuant to the Mediation Amendment. The AAA contact information to be inserted into notice letters sent to insureds pursuant to the Mediation Amendment is as follows: American Arbitration … Continue Reading

Mandatory Mediation Program for Hurricane Sandy Losses: New York Department of Financial Services Adopts New Amendment to Regulation 64

On February 25, 2013, the New York Department of Financial Services promulgated a significant new Hurricane Sandy-related regulation that will impact nearly all insurers doing business in the State of New York. Specifically, the Department adopted the Fifteenth Amendment (entitled “Mediation) to New York’s Regulation 64 (“Mediation Amendment”). The Fifteenth Amendment was adopted as an … Continue Reading

Appraisal award in favor of insured was not a “final determination” of insurer’s liability under policy, and Florida court dismisses bad faith claim as premature

A few weeks ago, we reported on the Florida appellate court’s decision in Trafalgar At Greenacres, LTD v. Zurich American Ins. Co., No. 4D11-1376 (Fla. 4th DCA, Sept. 5, 2012), in which the court permitted a policyholder to sue its property insurer for bad faith even though the trial court had ruled that the insurer … Continue Reading

“Earth Movement” Exclusion Bars Coverage for Damage Traced to Leak from Broken Water Pipe, According to Massachusetts Appeals Court

Most commercial and personal lines property insurance policies exclude damage caused directly or indirectly by the peril of “earth movement.” The ISO version of this exclusion appears in many modern policies and provides that: [Insurer] will not pay for loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by any of the following. Such loss or damage … Continue Reading

Entry of appraisal award constitutes “favorable resolution” of underlying breach of contract claim under Florida law, thereby permitting insured to pursue statutory bad faith damages

In many jurisdictions, a bad faith case predicated on a property insurer’s denial or alleged underpayment of a claim will not reach a jury if it is determined that the insurer fulfilled its obligations under the contract. The rationale is that if the insurer’s alleged conduct does not rise to the level of a breach … Continue Reading