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Kunde, Vintage Wine Estates Continue Smoke Taint Insurance complaints as individual cases in Federal court

Kunde Winery and Vintage Wine Estates  (VWE) have renewed their battle with their insurance companies charging that valid claims for almost $20 million in smoke-tainted wines from 2017 were not covered.

The two wine companies filed suit last fall in Sonoma County Superior Court against

  • National Surety Corporation (Allianz),
  • Certain Underwriters At Lloyd’s, London – Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance PLC which consists of:
    • Rsa Insurance Group
    • Liberty Specialty Markets,
    • Insurance Group; Navigators,
    • Underwriting Agency Limited,
    • Brit Global Specialty,
    • Travelers Marine Cargo.

However, the insurance companies challenged the county court’s jurisdiction because none of the insurance companies had locations in the county.

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Also in this issue:

  • Case Moved from Sonoma County Court to San Francisco Federal Court

  • Federal Judge Drops VWE from case, Roney argues against it

  • VWE Files New Case in Federal Court

  • Trial date & schedules for filings set for Kunde case


Full Court Documents for Premium Wine Executive News Subscribers

  • Kunde VWE/Allianz National Surety Motion To Drop Or Sever
  • Kunde VWE/Declaration Of Pat Roney In Support Of Plaintiffs Opposition To Defendant National Surety Corporation Motion
  • Kunde Allianz Notice Of Removal
  • Kunde Joint Case Management Statement And Proposed Order
  • Order Granting Motion To Sever
  • VWE Complaint In Federal Court

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