Monday, April 26, 2010

Happy 2nd Birthday to Coverage Counsel

I'm a terrible two.

730 days ago I sat down at this computer in my den at home, signed up for Blogger, and started designing this blog.  At 7:12 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2008, I published my first post on the Bi-Economy decision.  That decision has proven to be a recurring and fertile source of material for this blog.  423 labels, 676 posts, 47,435 unique visitors, 88,422 visits, 134,249 page views, and innumerable hours in this green leather high back chair bring us to here. 21.12% of you have visited directly.  25.09% of you have come here from or through other blogs or websites.  And 51.22% of you have made it here via a search engine. 201 of you subscribe to this blog through Feedblitz.  265 other regular readers subscribe via RSS readers and similar services.  In the past year, "Graves Amendment" has overtaken "Coverage Counsel" and "waiver of subrogation" for the top spot in the top three search terms leading to this blog.

Year #2 continued to be a discovery process for me.  Writing is still fun and not fun sometimes.  When this blog gets a hit from the New York State Senate less than 24 hours after posting about the bill proposing to expand the categories of serious injuries, I know that a blog can be an excellent vehicle for delivering timely information to influential and meaningful people, companies and entities.  Most importantly, however, I've rediscovered the enjoyment of following and reporting a body of law as dynamic and sometimes controversial as insurance coverage law is.  I've also continue to meet, either in person or electronically, some very smart, very passionate, and very cool people.

For those of you who may not have been following back in September 2009, I created a "How Best To Use This Blog" post with instructions for maximizing the use and usefulness of this blog.  Labels and site search engines will help.  The top 10 page views over the past year are:
  1. The main page (
  2. New York State Legislature Passes New Anti-Subrogation Law -- Effective November 12, 2009
  3. Graves Amendment Found Constitutional, Again
  4. Waiver of Subrogation Provision in Lease Held to Preclude Claim Against Landlord and Management Company
  5. Waiver-of-Subrogation Clause Not Waived By Not Being Asserted As Affirmative Defense
  6. General Obligations Law § 15-108 Applies Only to Joint Tortfeasors, Not Co-Insurer
  7. Oh, Won't You Stay...Just a Little Bit Longer...Please, Please, Please....Say You Will (presumably Jackson Browne, not insurance coverage, fans)
  8. Tender Letter from One Coinsurer to Another Coinsurer on Behalf of Mutual Insureds Held to Trigger the Timely Disclaimer Requirement of New York Insurance Law § 3420(d)
  9. Third Department Confirms Revocation of Medical License of Gary Tsirelman Based on Sustained Charges of Fraudulent Medical Practice, Filing False Reports and Moral Unfitness
  10. New York No-Fault Insurance Law Blogs
Thank you as always for visiting and reading.  I said at the beginning, at last year's first birthday, and will say again:  if you have any suggestions for improving this blog, please let me know.  Using the labels and search tools on this blog will make it easier for you to find the information you're looking for.  And, if you haven't figured out yet how to subscribe to this blog in an RSS reader, consider subscribing to a weekly email newsletter by clicking here or using the Feedblitz gadget on the right side of this page.  Or just keep coming back via the ways in which you've been coming back.

If you like what you see and find this blog to be useful, please let me know, either in a comment or email.  And pass a link along to someone who may not yet know about or read Coverage Counsel.  Believe it or not, feedback of all kinds helps.   It'd be nice to know from other than my regular commenters, that the hours I devote to this free resource are informative and helpful to folks who make, evaluate, pay, deny or litigate insurance claims. 

I'm toddling now.  Headlong into Year #3.  Pleased to have you along.


D. Barshay said...

Happy birthday. I will admit, I read Coverage Counsel religiously, every day. Great job.

Anonymous said...

Great job! Thank you for providing us with this!

Happy birthday!

Eric Turkewitz said...

Happy Birthday Roy. You've done a great job with your corner of the net, even if I do disagree with some of the stuff.

David M Gottlieb said...

Where's the cake.

Anonymous said...

Roy, first time I have left a post, but fitting on the site's birthday. Congrats and Happy 2nd. Birthday!

Jim Potts

Daniel E. Cummins, Esq. said...


Just came across you blog and love the layout and the content. I have my own insurance oriented blog down here in Pennsylvania entitled Tort Talk (, covering similar topics. Just celebrated my own one year anniversary of the start of the blog so I'm a little behind you.

Would love to pick your brain on how to improve my site, in particular with more photos, etc.


Daniel E. Cummins, Esq.
Foley, Cognetti, Comerford, Cimini & Cummins