Insurance Coverage and Personal Jurisdiction

Every state has its litigation tricks and traps, and we all know that there are some states that insurers would simply rather steer clear of. With this in mind, some insurers try to control what states' litigation risks and regimes they will be exposed to by limiting the states in which they write business. But covered risks are often mobile, and even when they are not, we all know that an insured's business operations in one state may expose it to liability in another. As a result, as this story reminds us, an insurer can find its obligations and exposures governed by the law of a state whose law it never intended to subject itself to.