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Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause That Tries To “Game” The System

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rejected an arbitration process that the Court found to be a “sort of farce.” For many years, businesses routinely have been able to obtain favorable decisions…more

Virginia Construction Industry Legislative Update: January 27, 2016

The Virginia General Assembly convened on January 13, 2016. Below is a sample of bills now pending before the General Assembly that may impact the rights and obligations of companies in the construction industry. Pending…more

2016 Virginia Legislative Session: Pending Bills That May Impact Your Construciton Business

Summary of legislation pending before the Virginia General Assembly as of January 18, 2016 that could impact business engaged in construction work in the Commonwealth…more

Insurer Has Duty to Defend Lawsuit Seeking Recovery For Construction Contractor's Negligence

In July, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled that an insurance company had a duty to defend a lawsuit alleging that an insured contractor’s defective work caused property damage. While the Court…more

Commuting To Work May Not Trigger A Business Insurance Policy

The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled last month that a law firm partner involved in a collision while commuting to work is not covered by his law firm’s policy. In Bartolomucci v. Federal Ins. Co., Rec. No. 140275 (Va. April 16,…more

New Virginia Laws Effective July 1, 2015 That Will Impact Your Construction Business

A number of new and amended laws will come into effect in Virginia on July 1, 2015 that will impact the construction industry. New changes are coming in public procurement, lien and payment claim waivers, and for professional…more

Your Colleague's Fraud Could Void Your Professional Liability Policy

Professional firms typically rely on professional liability policies to shift risk from their personal and corporate assets to insurance. All types of professional service providers – lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects…more

10 Tips To Improve The Success of Construction Claims

It is easy for contractors to fall into the mindset of building the project, and then putting in claims or requests for adjustments after the pressure to reach substantial completion has been met. Even for contracts that allow…more

Six Ways to Match Your Insurance Coverage To the Risks of Your 2015 Business Plan

A new year often welcomes the promises of success heralded in updated strategic plans, expansion plans, new business operations and re-ignited company goals. One element of implementing those plans should be to make sure your…more

Water Leaks Are an Onoing Battleground for Insurance Coverage

Water intrusion and leaks are common sources of frustration and rework on construction projects. Months of progress can be undone by the failure of a coupling, the discovery of mold behind a wall or in a chase, or a drill that…more

Should Your Business Insure Against Ebola? Threats of Quarantines, Travel Bans and Fear Could Disrupt Business As Usual.

While few in the United States have been impacted by Ebola directly, concerns about a possible pandemic have been in the minds of many. Unlike other contagions in the recent past, such as Enterovirus, SARS, and unique strains of…more

Recoupment of Defense Costs: How Insurance Companies are Leaving Policyholder to Foot the Bill on Suits and Claims

Insurance can be a proactive way to manage risk and minimize costs. Most policyholders seek to transfer risk away from their own cash flow and assets to those of a commercial insurer. Increasingly, however, insurance companies…more

New Mandatory Exclusions Mean Less Insurance Coverage for Data Breach and Cyber Liability Claims Under CGL Insurance Policies

Data theft. Malware. Hacking. Viruses. Spyware. The list of ways in which the integrity and privacy of computerized data can be compromised seems limited only by one’s imagination. And today, no business is immune. Data…more

Change Is in the Air: Now Is the Time To Perform a Check Up on Your Additional Insured Coverage

Many businesses integrate additional insured coverage as an element of their risk management or risk transfer programs. In some cases, companies offer to protect other parties as an “additional insured” under their liability…more

New York Court Rules Property Insurance Does Not Cover Losses From Counterfeit Check Scam

Check scams are as old as checks themselves, but today’s check fraud is quick moving, hard to detect – and likely not covered by the theft provisions of a typical business insurance policy. Unlike a burglar who may throw a…more
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