Heidi A. Lawson

Heidi A. Lawson

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On the Fourth Day of Privacy, My Insurance Carrier Gave to Me…..

gaps in my cyber liability coverage…………….. What can companies and insurers expect in the new year when it comes to cyber liability insurance coverage? While we wait for some court decisions interpreting these new...more

12/12/2014 - Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Breach Insurers

Ebola Exclusions from Commercial Insurance Policies

Last week we wrote about a new business interruption insurance policy that is being rolled out to healthcare providers which will provide specific coverage for various ebola-related losses. This week we note that some...more

10/30/2014 - Business Interruption Commercial Insurance Policies Ebola

Business Interruption Insurance for Ebola – Managing Risk for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

William Gallagher Associates, a Boston-based insurance broker, has announced the rollout of a new policy to cover Ebola-related losses at hospitals and other healthcare providers involved in primary care emergency treatment. ...more

10/21/2014 - Business Interruption Ebola Health Care Providers Hospitals Insurers

Cyber Liability Insurance: Where’s the Beef?

“Cyber liability insurance” is often used to describe a range of insurance policies, in the same way that the word cyber is used to describe a broad range of information security related tools, processes and services....more

10/1/2014 - Corporate Counsel Corporate Liability Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity

A Cautionary Tale for Companies With Potential False Claims Act Exposure

A False Claims Act suit can be a company’s worst nightmare, as it may potentially result in large settlements and awards on account of the statute’s trebled damages provision. However, the nightmare for AmerisourceBergen was...more

9/30/2014 - Corporate Counsel D&O Insurance E&O Policies False Claims Act Professional Liability Treble Damages

Cyber Risks For The Boardroom

The Recent Increase In Focus on Privacy Issues - Privacy issues have been the focus of many state efforts over the past few years. However, the SEC has increased their focus tremendously over the past few months (see...more

8/13/2014 - Compliance Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity Data Protection SEC

D&O Insurance and IPOs: Seven Issues You Need to Consider

As a company prepares for an IPO, the last thing to sometimes be considered is the potential of future litigation. Although going public can of course be a very good thing for a company, its directors, its initial investors...more

6/11/2014 - Board of Directors Compliance D&O Insurance IPO Professional Liability

Questions You Should Be Asking About Employment Practices Liability (EPL) Insurance

Every firm has employees, as well as individuals that it has “failed” to hire, or promote, or recognize and reward to the extent that the individuals believes befitting. This is what makes it difficult to completely avoid...more

6/11/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Employment Practices Liability Coverage Professional Liability

Is Your D&O Policy Ready For The Halliburton Decision?

Any day now the United States Supreme Court will announce its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. If the Supreme Court rules to neither reject nor affirm “fraud on the market,” the importance of event...more

6/9/2014 - Board of Directors D&O Insurance Fraud Fraud-on-the-Market Halliburton Halliburton v Erica P. John Fund SCOTUS

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 5: Coverage for Privacy Violations

The last installment in our series – “Coverage for Privacy Violations” - Part 5 of 5: Coverage For Privacy Violations: As we previously noted, recent SEC actions on the topic of cybersecurity indicates...more

5/9/2014 - Board of Directors Cyber Insurance Cybersecurity D&O Insurance Data Breach Data Protection Enforcement Actions SEC

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 4: Coverage for Investigations

Part 4 in our continuing series: “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage”: Coverage For Investigations - One of the biggest gaps in coverage in D&O coverage today is the lack of...more

5/8/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Protection

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 3: Top Questions Directors Should be Asking about D&O Coverage

Our series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” continues – Part 3 of 5: Top Questions Directors Should Be Asking About D&O Coverage Directors never want to be in the unenviable...more

5/7/2014 - Board of Directors Cybersecurity D&O Insurance Directors Policy Exclusions Professional Liability

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 2: Why Corporate Directors Should be Concerned About Data Security Breaches

All this week, we are featuring a series “Cyber Risks – Director Liability and Potential Gaps in D&O Coverage” Part 2 of 5: Why Directors Should Be Concerned...more

5/6/2014 - Cybersecurity D&O Insurance Data Breach Derivative Suit Directors Internet Privacy Policy Exclusions Professional Liability SEC Shareholder Litigation

Cyber Risks for the Boardroom Part 1: The Recent Increase in Focus on Privacy Issues

Each day this week, we are going to explore some of the issues in the rapidly growing area of cyberliability. We will examine the recent increase in focus on privacy issues, why directors should be concerned, the top...more

5/6/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Directors Networks Privacy Concerns Public Disclosure Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC

Private Equity Investors Demand More: More Insurance, That Is

As in years past, investors continue to pressure fund general partners for greater transparency, enhanced governance and more performance-based compensation structures. However, they are now also making demands in what would...more

1/7/2014 - Investment Insurance Private Equity Risk Management

And On The 12th Day Of Privacy, Something For Directors…..Mind The Gap!

On our last “day of Privacy”, we have a little extra (perhaps a lump of coal….) post: in 2014, cyber risk has been elevated to a board issue – read on and forward to your favorite company director! As we have discussed...more

12/26/2013 - Apple Board of Directors Cybersecurity D&O Insurance Data Breach Data Protection Directors Risk Mitigation SEC

Got insurance?

Popping up on more investors’ list of demands is quality insurance coverage, writes private equity lawyer Heidi Lawson, who outlines some common mistakes GPs make when purchasing their policies. As in years past,...more

7/17/2013 - Commercial Insurance Policies Insurers Investors Transparency

D.C. Developments on the Cybersecurity Front – UPDATE

UPDATE: The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this afternoon. The vote was 18 in favor and two (Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL))...more

4/12/2013 - Barack Obama CISPA Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Protection Federal Budget Proposed Legislation SEC

GPL Insurance for Private Equity Firms – What Questions To Ask

Many private equity firms are concerned about their liabilities, including exposure to lawsuits for breach of fiduciary duty, claims for wrongful acts or omissions, and regulatory or securities investigations. One of the best...more

12/12/2012 - Fiduciary Duty Liability Insurance Private Equity Funds Securities

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