Boyd & Jenerette Partner C.J. Gomes Secures Favorable Court Ruling on Summary Judgment Motion in Declaratory Judgment Case

June 12, 2024 by on News

Partner C.J. Gomes recently secured a favorable court ruling on a motion for summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action. The case arose from an insurance coverage dispute centered on a workers’ compensation claim, which involved an incident that allegedly occurred in Cuba. The coverage issue involved the applicability of a policy exclusion for work performed in any country with which the U.S. has in place any economic embargoes or trade sanctions as administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).   OFAC enforces certain embargoes and sanctions against designated countries, including Cuba, and maintains a list known as the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (“SDNBP”) list.  Following written and oral argument, the court entered a dispositive order granting the carrier’s motion for summary judgment on all counts, and holding that regardless of whether the claimant was in Cuba for work or personal reasons, the policy at issue did not afford coverage for the claim presented.

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About C.J. Gomes

C.J. Gomes is a partner practicing in the Jacksonville office. Her practice focuses primarily on insurance defense, including pre-suit advisement and consultation on claims handling and complex coverage issues, insurer bad faith/extra-contractual liability, and appeals.

C.J. offers her clients a full range of insurance coverage services, including prosecuting or defending declaratory judgment lawsuits, providing coverage opinions, obtaining, and advising on, examinations under oath, and preparing reservation of rights and claim denial letters.  She advises insurers on a variety of coverage issues and investigations involving auto, property, umbrella, commercial general liability, homeowners, disability, employment practices liability, and professional malpractice policies.  C.J. routinely consults and advises clients on pre-suit claims handling issues or concerns, including claims involving alleged bad faith/extra-contractual liability, civil remedy notices, multiple claimants/inadequate limits, and settlement negotiations involving unique conditions.

In addition, a significant portion of C.J.’s practice involves assisting and advising insurers operating outside of Florida with handling and responding to claims arising within Florida, including responding to insurance disclosure requests, civil remedy notices, PIP lawsuits or demands, choice of law issues, extra-contractual liability allegations, general claims handling concerns, coverage issues, and more.

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Many cases overlap several areas of law. As a full service law firm, we are able to recognize how one legal discipline impacts another. We work as a team on complex issues that require knowledge of a variety of state and federal laws. This multi-disciplinary approach allows clients to receive the large-firm advantage of access to multiple attorneys in a wide scope of practice areas as well as the hands-on customer service offered by a boutique law firm. In addition to civil litigation, employment law, workers’ compensation defense, commercial law, construction law and appeals, our firm also handles professional liability claims.

Our bilingual staff is available to assist with immigration matters, including consular and removal defenses.