Peter represents and advises national and international property and casualty insurers, insurance claim administrators, risk managers and other insurance industry stakeholders in complex insurance coverage matters involving, toxic tort, asbestos, sexual abuse, professional liability, products liability, general liability, fidelity, directors and officers, bad faith and other claims. He has extensive experience representing manufacturers and distributors of asbestos-containing products in toxic tort cases, and managing such litigation, throughout New England and nationally. Peter represents national and multi-national companies with respect to corporate governance and insurance issues. He also handles investigations and claims in connection with financial institution bonds and commercial crime policies.
Peter also represents sureties in all aspects of bond claims, including negotiating project completion, takeover and termination agreements, handling payment bond claims and suits, and pursuing indemnity and salvage recoveries, including related bankruptcy proceedings. He handles premises liability claims and represents owners, general contractors and subcontractors in connection with construction-related disputes and litigation, including personal injury, defective workmanship and breach of contract claims.
- Laramie v. Philip Morris
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court considered whether the Massachusetts Attorney General’s settlement precluded recovery of punitive damages under the wrongful death statute for claims brought decades later.
- Capitol Specialty Ins. Co. v. Higgins
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected using a stipulated consent judgment from an underlying tort case as the basis for a bad faith damages award against the tortfeasor’s liability insurer.
- Cheer Pack North Am. LLC v. Valley Forge Ins. Co.
Insured manufacturing co-producer sought to recover amounts paid to settle claims for product recall costs and expenses.
- New York State Elec. & Gas Corp. v. Century Indem. Co.
Insured public utility sought to recover defense, investigation and remediation costs incurred as a result of historical manufactured gas plant operations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Plaintiff’s insurance coverage claims.
- Pacific Employers Ins. Co. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co.
Insured sought coverage for negligent supervision claims involving sexual abuse of minors. The District Court dismissed the Plaintiff’s claims and the dismissal was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
- OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co. v. Narragansett Elec. Co., et al.
After successful Application for Further Appellate Review to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed Superior Court’s application of Rhode Island law and affirmed the Superior Court’s entry of summary judgment based on pollution exclusion and statute of limitations.
- Consolidated Cigar Corp., et al. v. Reilly
Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holding, affirmed by Supreme Court, that Massachusetts Attorney General’s advertising regulations unconstitutionally burdened interstate commerce.
- Emhart Indus. Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., et al.
Jury verdict finding no trigger of coverage for contamination at Federal Superfund site. Affirmed by Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
- Guardianship of Enos
Summary judgment, affirmed on appeal, that full faith and credit must be given to Florida adult guardianship order in connection with wrongful removal of elderly woman to Massachusetts.
- Holdren et al. v. A.W. Chesterton Co., et al.
Defense verdict for alleged manufacturer of naval equipment in asbestos personal injury action.
- Estate of Geraldina M. Medeiros v. A.F. German Co., Inc., et al.
Summary judgment for truck repair shop finding no causation for decedent plaintiff’s asbestos-related disease.
- Muliero v. Eastern Refractories Co., Inc., et al.
Summary judgment on behalf of asbestos insulation distributor based upon the Rhode Island statute of repose.
- OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Haffner’s Service Stations, Inc.
Declaratory judgment of no coverage, affirmed on appeal, that insured’s liability did not arise out of the use of a covered auto.
- OneBeacon America Ins. Co. v. Leasing Assoc., Inc.
Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holding that commercial auto policy must be reformed to reflect mutual mistake.