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You’re Getting Sued for What? An E & O Odyssey (Pt 11)

This post is part of an occasional series highlighting the type of risks which film and TV producers face and which are supposed to be covered by “errors and omissions” (E&O) insurance. The series aims to demonstrate that...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

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

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

Advertising Injury Coverage and Fashion Designs

Modern businesses today consider their intellectual property as one of their most valuable assets. This is certainly the case for the fashion industry, where brands rely heavily upon trademark laws in the absence of a more...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

California To Draw The Lines In Disparagement Liability

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the Court of Appeal’s decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Company v. Swift Distribution, Inc., 210 Cal. App. 4th 915 (2d Dist. Ct. App. Oct. 29, 2012), review granted 152...more

Weekly eDiscovery Top Story Digest - May 1, 2013

Compiled by @ComplexD from online public domain resources, provided for your review/use is this week’s update of key industry news, views, and events highlighting key electronic discovery related stories, developments, and...more

The 11th Circuit Finds Insurance Coverage for Internet Copyright Claims

In its recent decision in St. Luke’s Cataract & Laser Institute, P.A. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 2013 WL 461347 (11th Cir. Feb. 7, 2013) (unpublished), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit found...more

General Liability Policies May Cover Antitrust, Patent, and Other Business Litigation – Part 1

General liability insurance is frequently overlooked in business litigation. These policies, however, include coverage for “disparagement” and “malicious prosecution.” Both terms are construed broadly and may provide coverage...more

Speaking Of . . . Insurance Coverage - Is There Coverage For Alleged “Disparagement” Of Another Company’s Product? One California...

We previously discussed the troubling issues of: a) whether your company’s insurance policy(ies) actually provides coverage for claims of IP infringement, and b) which of your policies is the one(s) you should be looking to...more

California Court of Appeal Holds No “Advertising Injury” Coverage for Product That Is Neither Mentioned Nor Disparaged in...

In Hartford Casualty Ins. Co. v. Swift Distribution, Inc., __ Cal.Rptr.3rd __, 2012 WL 5306248 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 29, 2012), the California Court of Appeal held that the “advertising injury” coverage in a CGL policy does not...more

IP Buzz - August 2012

In this issue: - USPTO Issues Rules Implementing America Invents Act - The $60 Million iPad Trademark Lesson Applies to All Brands - Patent Insurance – It's Not Just for Defendants Anymore - Lights!...more

IP Buzz - June 2012

In this issue: - Using Injunctions to Gain Market Share: What’s the Harm - Business Method Patents and September 16, 2012 - News:ICANN Reveals List Of New gTLD Applications - New Insurance Helps Small...more

Points & Authorities - Spring 2012

In This Issue: - Brinker: Meal and Rest Periods Clarified, But... - Dodd-Frank and Bankruptcy Law - New Faces: Points from the President - Celebrity Brands: To Wed or Not to Wed? - How Safe is your...more

Duty to Defend a “Looney” Copyright Claim

Here’s a recent case we thought our readers would be interested in that was posted in our May 2012 Media Law Bulletin. When Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Inc. (Looney) created an architectural design known as the Island...more

'Looney' Copyright Claim Covered: Fifth Circuit Holds Breach of Contract Exclusion Doesn't Bar Liability Insurance Coverage

When Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Inc. (Looney) created an architectural design known as the Island Park Apartments in 1996, it probably wasn't thinking of insurance coverage law. But, it appears likely that Looney's...more

IP Liability Insurance: Do You Have the Protection You Think You Have?

Given the risks and costs of intellectual property (IP) infringement claims (even when your company isn’t found liable), most companies ideally want coverage of perceived infringement of the products they sell or the services...more

2nd Circuit Holds No Duty to Defend Intellectual Property Claim

In its recent decision titled Feldman Law Group v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 7787 (2d Cir. Apr. 18, 2012), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion...more

Tenth Circuit Finds Potential Insurance Coverage for Patent Infringement Claims Under "Advertising Injury" Provisions

On October 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, applying Colorado law, reversed a district court decision and held that a patent infringement claim may constitute an "advertising injury," thereby triggering,...more

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