Betts Patterson Mines

Lawrence Gottlieb

Managing Shareholder

lgottlieb@bpmlaw.com

(206) 268-8688

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Lawrence Gottlieb

Larry Gottlieb is the managing shareholder at Betts Patterson Mines, and has been practicing law in the Seattle area since 1991.  Specializing in insurance coverage law, Mr. Gottlieb works primarily for the insurance industry throughout the Pacific Northwest as an advisor, trial lawyer, and appellate advocate in the areas of first-party coverage, general liability coverage, professional liability coverage, and extra-contractual liability claims. He also represents policyholders in the defense of various types of complex liability and damages claims.

Representative Cases

Appellate Decisions:

 Oregon Mutual Ins. Co., v. Rain City Pizza, LLC, 2013 WL 150173 (Wash. Ct. App. Division I - January 2013) (the Statutory Distribution of Materials exclusion broadly applies to bar coverage for the class action against Papa John’s International Inc., franchisees even though a third party carried out the challenged text messaging.)

 Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London v. Travelers Cas. Co. of America, 161 Wn. App. 265 (2011) (the  $10,000,000 in excess flood insurance provided by Lloyds was triggered  as soon as our client, Travelers admitted liability for its $1,000,000 flood sublimit.)

 NCF Financial, Inc. v. St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 2007 WL 512545 (Wash. Ct. App. Division I - February 2007) (no property insurance coverage was afforded based on the unambiguous terms of the "Disappearance-inventory loss" exclusion.)

 City of Oak Harbor v. St. Paul Mercury Insurance Company, 159 P.3d 422 (Wash. App. 2007) (the City's claim for property insurance coverage for damage to the City's wastewater treatment lagoon liner was excluded based on the standard  "faulty workmanship" exclusion in our clients policy.)

 NCF Financial, Inc. v. Webforia et al.,  2006 WL 2244328 (Wash. Ct. App. Division I – August 2006) (no property insurance coverage was afforded based on the unambiguous terms of the "Disappearance-inventory loss" exclusion.)

 Monarch Machine & Tool Co. Inc., v USF&G, 2003 WL 22311368 (Wash. Ct. App. Division III - Oct. 2003) (the suit limitation clause in our client's first-party property insurance contract barred the policyholder's claim.)

 Puget Sound Energy v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds et al., 138 P.3d 1068 (Wash. App. 2006) (the underlying claim could not reach Pennsylvania Lumbermens excess level of coverage by application of the "horizontal exhaustion" rule.)

 Mike M. Johnson v. TIG Ins. Co., 2000 WL 122688 (Wash. Ct. App. Division I - Feb. 2000) (the contractor's claim based on its alleged failure to follow the construction plans did not constitute an "occurrence.") 

 Louisiana Pacific v. ASARCO, 5 F.3d 431 (9th Cir. 1993) (CERCLA does not preempt state corporate capacity statutes.)

 Representative Cases:

 Foss v. Aetna, et al., - multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for ship and tugboat operations in the Commencement Bay-Near Shore/Tide Flats Superfund Site and the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

 Newmont USA Limited, et al., v. American Home Assurance Co., et al., –multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for uranium mining operations in eastern Washington.

 Gull Industries, Inc. v. Allianz Underwriters Insurance Co., et al. - multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for gas station operations at numerous sites throughout Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

 Northwest Natural Gas Co. v. Continental Casualty Co. et al., – multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for manufactured gas operations located near and in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

 Evraz Inc. NA, Inc. v. Continental Insurance Co., et al.,– multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for  steel manufacturing operations in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

 Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. et al v. Continental Casualty Co., et al., –multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for metal recycling operations in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

 Century Indemnity Company v. The Marine Group, LLC, et al.,-  multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for shipping operations in the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

 ZRZ Realty Co. et al. v. Beneficial Fire and Casualty Insurance Co. et al., -  multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for shipping operations near the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

 Forrest Glade HOA v. Allied Mutual Insurance Co. et. al.,-  multiparty lawsuit involving collapse coverage claims for residential property near Seattle, Washington.

 Siena Del Lago Condominium Ass v. American Fire and Casualty Co., et al., -  multiparty lawsuit involving collapse coverage claims for residential property in Seattle, Washington.

 Young v. Contractors Bonding and Insurance Co., – lawsuit involving construction defect coverage and claim handling claims for residential property near Olympia, Washington.

 Crockett v. Amica Mutual Insurance Co., - lawsuit involving construction defect  coverage claims for residential property in western Idaho.

 Colfax v. Nationwide Insurance Co., et al., -  multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for a grange operator’s commercial property in eastern Washington.

 Dye Seed v. Farmland Mutual Insurance Co., - lawsuit involving coverage and claim handling claims involving seed broker transactions in eastern Washington.

 National Fire Insurance Company of Hartford  v. Costco Wholesale Corporation et al., - multiparty lawsuit involving coverage claims for a class action lawsuit alleging the sale and distribution of a defective consumer product.

 Democon v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., et al., - multiparty lawsuit involving coverage and contribution claims for a commercial property loss in Seattle.

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, Oregon’s SB 814 and Washington’s IFCA, Client Seminar, (November 2013).
  • Presenter, Medicare’s Right to Reimbursement, Client Seminar, (September 2010).
  • Presenter, Effective Handling of CGL & Property Insurance Claims, National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar, (December 2008).
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) Claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA),  Northwest Insurance Coverage (NICA) Seminar, (February 2006).
  • Presenter, Questions and Answers About Insurance Company Rehabilitation,Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Insurance Law Seminar, (October 2001).
  • Presenter, Entertainment and Media Insurance Coverage, American Bar Association (ABA) - Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Meeting, (March 1999).
  • Presenter, Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, Defense Research Institute (DRI) 3rd Annual Business Torts Seminar, (June 1998).
  • Author, Insurance Coverage for Pollution Liability in Washington. What Constitutes an "Occurrence"? The Insurer's Perspective, (with M. Thorsrud & R. Love), 28 Gonzaga Law Review 579-607 (1992/93)(cited with approval in Queen City Farms Inc., v. Central Nat’l Ins. Co., 124 Wn.2d 536, 882 P.2d 703(1994)).