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Revisiting Cyber Insurance: Are You Covered?

Increasingly, companies are looking to insurance to help manage their cybersecurity risks and defray losses sustained from data breaches. Losses can range from reputational damage, business interruption, and professional...more

Just How Is Basis Acquired After All?

Dorrance v. U.S., 2015 WL 8241954 (9th Cir. 2015) - This case is the latest in the cases involving tax impact of the sale of stock received by a policy holder from a mutual life insurance company on demutualization, and...more

Eighth Circuit to insurers: Settlement evaluation must constantly adapt to litigation developments

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit taught an insurer a costly lesson about trying to avoid extra-contractual liability: Insurers must constantly reevaluate their settlement position throughout...more

South Carolina District Court Finds There Is No Separate Cause Of Action For Apportionment Under South Carolina’s Contribution...

Plaintiff Companion Property and Casualty Insurance Company (“Companion”) participated in a fronted insurance program with Redwood and Freestone. Reinsurance collateral trusts were established for Companion’s benefit and...more

Is Anyone Home? Washington Supreme Court Interprets Two-Step Vacancy Endorsement

Disputes involving “vacancy” exclusions typically involve the appropriate definition of that word. The recently-decided case of Lui v. Essex Ins. Co., 2016 Wash. LEXIS 692 (Wash. June 9, 2016) presents a somewhat different...more

Colorado Supreme Court Limits Use of Extrinsic Evidence and Reasonable Expectations Doctrine

On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its decision in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, No. 14SC99 (Colo. June 20, 2016), holding that extrinsic evidence can only be used to interpret ambiguous policy language,...more

Everest Indemnity Insurance Company v. Rea Rejects Implied Waiver Of The Attorney-Client Privilege

As it stands now, the majority decision in Everest is clear: No implied waiver of the attorney-client privilege occurs where adjusters themselves make the claims decisions and do not rely on the advice of counsel to form...more

Defining the Contours of Cyber Coverage for Data Breach: a Warning in Arizona

A year ago in this space, we looked at the receding wave of coverage litigation regarding whether various cyber-related exposures were covered under traditional policies, such as CGL and professional liability policies. ...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Brandt Fees Awarded Post-Trial By A Court Must Be Included In Denominator Of...

On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Nickerson v. Stonebridge Life Insurance Co., holding that so-called Brandt fees should be treated as compensatory damages when calculating the ratio of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - June 2016 #14

IAIS consults on mutuals’ role in insurance markets - IAIS has published a consultation paper looking at how mutuals, community organisations and co-operatives operate and the role they play in the insurance marketplace....more

Dart Cherokee: Shifting The Burden To Plaintiff in Federal Diversity Cases

Under Dart, a Plaintiff contesting that the jurisdictional threshold has not been met must now come forward with evidence that establishes the jurisdictional amount in controversy is not present. We’ve all seen this...more

First home cyber protection insurance offered by Hartford Steam Boiler

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company has announced that it is offering “the first personal lines cyber insurance program for consumers, protecting against computer attacks, cyber extortion, online fraud...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

It’s Insurance: The Financial Institution Bond

Formerly known as a bankers blanket bond, and sometimes referred to as a fidelity bond, the financial institution bond as it is commonly known, is simply an insurance policy. Though the term “insurance policy” does not...more

The Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 and Its Impact on Subrogated Claims

It has been some time coming, but on August 1, 2016, the operative provisions of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 (the Act) will come into force. The Act will significantly improve the subrogation...more

Illinois Federal Court Rules That Cedent’s Claims Are Time-Barred

Our prior discussion of this case, and relevant background, can be found here. In 2012, Pine Top Receivables of Illinois, LLC (“PTRIL”) brought an action against Banco de Seguros del Estado (“Banco”) to recover sums...more

Contractual Waiver of Subrogation Applied to Owner’s Non-Work Property

After an insurer pays for a covered loss by an owner under a property policy the insurer generally has the right, whether under the common law, statute or the policy itself, to seek recovery of the payment from the...more

Does Your Company Have Coverage for PCI Fines & Penalties in its Cyber Policy?

Payment Card Industry fines and penalties are fines charged by payment card brands like Mastercard and Visa to merchants’ acquiring banks for violation of their industry rules and regulations, which often occurs when there is...more

NAIC Cybersecurity Task Force Weighs Credit Freezes

On May 24-25, the NAIC Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force held an interim meeting to hear comments from various industry trade organizations and other interested parties on the proposed Insurance Data Security Model Law exposed...more

DOJ and North Carolina Challenge Anti-Steering and Tiering Provisions in Managed Care Contracts

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division (the “DOJ”)and the State of North Carolina (“NC”) jointly sued, on June 9, 2016, Carolinas HealthCare System (“CHS”), the largest healthcare system in North Carolina, over...more

District Court Grants Summary Judgment Against P.F. Chang’s In Cybersecurity Insurance Case

On June 13, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona granted summary judgment against P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc. (“P.F. Chang’s”) in a cybersecurity insurance lawsuit that it brought against its...more

Data Breaches Response Costs Continue to Rise

SEC Chair Mary Jo White recently opined that cyber security is the biggest risk facing the United States financial system. Companies should take heed of that warning in light of the release of the 2016 Cost of Data Breach...more

When does the statute of limitations set in on an insurer’s wrongful refusal to settle?

Normally, the statute of limitations sets in when “the cause of action shall have accrued,” to quote California Code of Civil Procedure section 312. In an effort to simplify that date for lay readers, the Sacramento County...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending June 10 & 17, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Foreclosure/Standing/Hearsay: copy of a note with undated allonge containing blank endorsement sufficient to establish standing as a matter of law, even though bank did not have formal...more

Loss Payee Versus Lender’s Loss Payee: One Word Can Make All The Difference

When a lender makes a loan secured by personal property, it will perfect its interest in the collateral under applicable law. To further protect the value of the collateral supporting its loan, the lender will also require...more

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