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California Insurance Law - 2014 Year in Review

Introduction - The California appellate courts issued an unusual number and variety of insurance-related opinions in 2014. The California Supreme Court issued an important and highly anticipated ruling on the scope of...more

If You Post It, Your Opponent Can Probably Discover It

In March we ran a post on how important videos, photographs, and statements on social media sites can be when investigating a property loss. A picture is literally worth a thousand words. Earlier this month, a Florida court...more

Ringing in the New Year: TCPA Hot Issues for 2015

The year 2014 saw a surge in class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements captured the headlines. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided...more

Protecting Against Cyber Risk - A Primer on Cyber Insurance

There was no shortage of stories about massive data breaches in 2014 and things likely won't slow down in 2015. As these stories continue to grow in number, corporate America has started to explore ways to insure against this...more

Physician Plaintiff Bound by Arbitration Clause in Nonparty’s Contract

Today’s riddle: A physician sues defendants for defamation. The defendants move to compel the arbitration clause of a contract the physician used to have with a nonparty. The defendants win the argument. What’s the...more

Life Insurer Settles Nationwide "Junk Fax" Class Actions

Recently, there has been a noticeable increase in lawsuits, particularly putative class actions, brought against life insurance companies pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). As amended by the...more

Facing TCPA Claims for Texting Advertisements? You May Also Have Some Insurance Coverage Concerns

During this busy holiday shopping season, retailers may end up facing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for sending advertisements to consumers’ cell phones. With large-scale litigation...more

Illinois Court Holds No E&O Coverage for Underlying TCPA Violation

In Margulis v. BCS Ins. Co., 2014 Ill. App. LEXIS 826 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. 2014), the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, had occasion to consider whether an insurer has a duty to defend an insurance agent under...more

Unprofessional Marketing: Illinois Appellate Court Denies Professional Liability Coverage for TCPA Violation

On November 26, 2014, an Illinois appellate court held that a professional liability insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify its insured for a class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) because...more

TCPA Class Action Against Insurance Agent Not Covered by Professional Liability Insurance

As class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) have continued to rise, so too have the number of disputes with commercial liability insurers over coverage for their insureds’ alleged TCPA...more

Does your company have insurance coverage for a data breach?

According to the Ponemon Institute, the average total organizational cost for a data breach in the United States in 2014 is $5.85 million. Forbes reports that Target has incurred costs of $236 million related to the December...more

RSUI Indem. Co. v. Sempris LLC, C.A. No. N13C-10-096 MMJ CCLD (Del. Super. Ct. Sept. 3, 2014)

In this case, brought in the Delaware Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division, the Court considered whether RSUI Indemnity Co. (“RSUI”) owed insurance coverage obligations to Sempris, LLC (“Sempris”). RSUI...more

Illinois Court of Appeals Decision Serves as Caution to Policyholders Seeking Coverage for Underlying Settlements

The Illinois Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion providing guidance for policyholders seeking insurance coverage under commercial liability policies for settlements to resolve class actions asserted against them. In...more

CFPB Targets Marketing Service Agreements

On September 25, 2014, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (“CFPB”) entered into a Consent Order with Lighthouse Title, Inc., a title insurance company located in Holland, Michigan (“Lighthouse”), in which the CFPB...more

On the Road With Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Industry, Issue No. 3

Autonomous Vehicles and Liability - Autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise to deliver greater safety by significantly reducing accidents caused by driver error. However, AVs will not eliminate accidents, and associated...more

TCPA Connect - October 2014

9th Circuit Affirms Vicarious Liability–for Anybody–Under TCPA - In a blow to Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendants, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a defendant may be liable for...more

ADA Claims Coming for Retailers This Holiday Season for Inaccessible Websites

The Department of Justice takes the position that websites are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More claims are being filed by plaintiffs targeting retailers whose websites are inaccessible to consumers...more

Just the Fax: Illinois Appellate Court Concerned That TCPA Settlement Between Insured and Class Action Plaintiffs May Be Collusive

An all too familiar scenario: an insurer believes there is no coverage for a claim, but has a duty to defend its insured. In these situations, an insurer often pays for the insured’s independently-selected defense counsel and...more

TCPA Exclusion Upheld: No Ambiguity, No Duty to Defend or Indemnify for a $10 Million Judgment

In James River Insurance Company v. Med Waste Management LLC, et al., Case No. 1:13-cv-23608-KMM, (U.S. Dist. S. D. Fla., September 22, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida upheld a Telephone...more

Covered or Not: Has Hartford v. Swift Opened a Faster Lane for Intellectual Property and Insurance Mediation?

The California Supreme Court recently issued its longawaited coverage decision in Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 59 Cal. 4th 277 (2014). The Court, applying California state law, upheld the trial...more

#Insurance Coverage for Emerging Social Media Risks

There are 1.3 billion people on Facebook, half a billion “tweets” every day, and countless other ways to communicate that did not even exist five years ago. In response to this social media revolution, smart companies are...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

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

California Supreme Court Halts Creeping Expansion of Advertising Injury

Commercial general liability policies typically provide coverage for claims based on “personal and advertising injury.” Increasingly, enterprising insureds have invoked this coverage in connection with a variety of legal...more

New Mandatory Exclusions in Standard CGL Policies Limit Coverage for Data Breaches

The insurance industry continues to respond to the growing threat of data breaches by directing businesses facing that risk towards new, risk-specific cyber insurance products, while attempting to restrict coverage for data...more

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