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Business Law Newsletter - Septermber 2014

In This Issue: - Monkeying around with Copyright Laws - Who can Own a Copyright? - Restrictions in Franchise Agreements Narrowly Construed - The Eight Corners Rule and the District of Columbia -...more

California Supreme Court Defines Scope of Advertising Injury Coverage

Hartford v. Swift imposes “specificity” requirements that may provide comfort to companies facing disparagement claims while requiring careful navigation to trigger CGL policies. The California Supreme Court recently...more

Law Firms Are Not Body Shops: An Insurer’s Duty to Defend Requires it to Pay Only the Defense Costs the Insured Actually Paid

In the course of discharging their coverage obligations, insurers often benefit from bargains they strike with service providers. Healthcare insurers pay in-network caregivers rates that are dramatically lower than the...more

You May Have Stolen the Advertising Database, But You Still Have No Advertising Idea

In Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd. v. Security Safe Outlet, 2014 WL 3973726 (6th Cir. August 15, 2014), the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that where a stolen customer database is used as the basis of an advertising...more

Land of Confusion: Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit FCPA Investigation Costs under D&O liability Policies

Bloomberg recently reported that Walmart spent $439 Million in the past two years related to a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation . Moreover, Walmart predicts that it will spend an additional $200 Million to...more

Can Insurance Coverage Provide Meaningful Protection from Patent Trolls and Other Infringement Claims?

Notwithstanding two recent Supreme Court decisions making it easier to recover attorney’s fees from non-practicing entities (NPEs), or “patent trolls” as they are commonly known, insurers continue to market policies that...more

Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of Georgia Proposes New Regulation Governing Protection of Trade Secret Information

The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance of Georgia ("OCI") has proposed a new rule concerning procedures to be followed by persons or entities asserting trade secret protection of information filed with the OCI to comply...more

Prior Publication Precludes Coverage for Advertising Injury

In Street Surfing, LLC v. Great American E&S Ins. Co., 752 F.3d 853 (9th Cir. 2014), the court held that the prior publication exclusion precluded coverage to Street Surfing, LLC (“Street Surfing”) for an underlying lawsuit...more

Denying Coverage Based on Advertising Injury, Court Finds Corporations are Not Persons

A New York appellate court recently found that a corporation is not the kind of "person" that can suffer a violation of privacy rights for purposes of advertising injury coverage. In Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. v. Twin City...more

At the Crossroads - Brand integration deals involve copyright, trademark, and insurance considerations

At the crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Madison Avenue, a variety of legal and business issues must be considered and addressed in order to set the stage for a successful brand integration deal. In the historical...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2014

Second Circuit: Insurer Must Defend Where Factual Allegations Create a Possibility of Coverage - Why it matters: In a recent pro-policyholder decision, the Second Circuit, applying New York law, reminded...more

California Supreme Court Refines the Tort of Commercial Disparagement

On June 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely watched case of Hartford Casualty Insurance v. Swift Distribution, Inc., S207172. I reported on the Court of Appeals decision last year on...more

Policyholder Observer

Encryption Flaw "Heartbleed" Creates Data Risk: How Insurance Can Stanch the Bleeding - In early April, news broke of an encryption flaw named “Heartbleed” that exposed companies to data breaches for over two and one...more

California Supreme Court Addresses Coverage for Product Disparagement

In its recent decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 2014 Cal. LEXIS 3765 (Cal. June 12, 2014), the California Supreme Court had occasion to consider the type of statements that qualify...more

Rising up from the Trenches: Ninth Circuit Broadly Interprets Breach of Contract Exclusion in Trademark Infringement Case

On May 23, 2014, the Ninth Circuit upheld a California district court decision that broadly interpreted the breach of contract exclusion in a commercial general liability policy to preclude coverage for all personal and...more

Business Litigation Report -- April 2014

In This Issue: -- Main Article: DOJ’s Use of Expansive Legal Theories Broaden FCPA Jurisdiction -- Noted With Interest: Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules Aim to Lessen Burden of Discovery --...more

Florida Court Holds Insurer Not Estopped From Denying Pre-Tender Costs

In its recent decision in Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7715 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to...more

Insurance Coverage for IP Claims: 2013’s Coverage Hits

As policyholders look back at the insurance coverage landscape of 2013, a major take away point is that the courts continue to debunk the myth that there is no coverage for intellectual property claims under the advertising...more

Here's One Good Way to Anticipate Top Business & Legal Trends in 2014

If the past is prologue, what better way to consider the interests, needs, and concerns of business leaders and consumers in the new year than to look at what captured their attention in 2013? And so...more

Help Clients Insure Against Cyberattacks

The constant threat of cyberattacks presents many and varying challenges for businesses. Insurance provides one way to deal with them....more

Second Circuit Holds Insurer Has Duty to Defend but Not Indemnify, Due to Legal Uncertainty about Coverage at Time of Tender

The Second Circuit recently held that an insurer owed a duty to defend under the “advertising injury” section of a commercial general liability (CGL) policy because sufficient legal uncertainty about the policy’s definition...more

Preparation Counts: Two Courts Reaffirm the Benefit of Identifying and Taking Steps to Protect Trade Secrets

Two recent decisions emphasize yet again the value of defining and taking steps to protect a company’s trade secrets. On May 16, 2013, Judge England issued a preliminary injunction in Farmers Insurance Exchange v....more

Software Licenses and Indemnities: What Obligations Are You Taking On?

License agreements often contain indemnities. An indemnity is a contractual obligation to step in and reimburse some financial obligation such as a liability, loss, or damage. In essence, the party giving the indemnity will...more

Commercial General Liability Policies and the Risk of "Intangible" Losses

Commercial general liability (CGL) policies are designed to protect policyholders against bodily injury and property damage. “Property damage” requires physical damage to tangible property or a loss of use of tangible...more

2013 Update on Chapter 93A

1. Standard governing liability under 93A - Higher standard applies for business plaintiffs – More decisions confirm that a business plaintiff must make a higher showing of defendant wrongdoing in order to prevail...more

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