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Commercial Insurance Policies

Florida's Third District Court of Appeals provides a warning: When insureds communicate about their policy needs, agents better...

In Kendall South Medical Center v. Consolidated Insurance Nation, No. 3D16-926, 2017 WL 1908376, *1 (Fla. 3d DCA May 10, 2017), the Third District Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s fourth dismissal of Kendall South...more

Global Ransomware Attack Update

We’ve been following the latest on the WannaCry ransomware attack that we first told you about over the weekend. A feared “second strike” did not materialize today, but victimized firms in over 100 countries are still...more

WannaCry: The Global Ransomware Attack

by Jones Day on

A new and widespread ransomware attack is affecting institutions around the world, with reports of hundreds of thousands of infections in nearly 150 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Russia,...more

Ransomware: How to Avoid It and What to Do If You Have Been Hit

by Perkins Coie on

Computer systems around the world have been impacted by the largest cyber-extortion attack in history. According to news reports, the “ransomware” attack hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries since it started on...more

Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack: eDiscovery Trends

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A small Rhode Island law firm has filed a lawsuit against its insurance company after the insurer refused to pay $700,000 in lost billings following a ransomware attack on the firm that locked down the firm’s computer files...more

In Florida, House Bill 805 Will Likely Allow Insurance Policy Transfers

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Legislature passed House Bill 805, regarding insurance policy transfers. If, as anticipated, the governor signs the bill into law, it will allow insurance companies writing personal lines residential and...more

Considering the Site of Insured Locations in Delaware

by Zelle LLP on

When faced with insurance policies covering large national or multinational companies that have insured locations scattered around the globe, courts can struggle when applying a choice of law analysis when there is no...more

The Answers to Some of Your Questions About What Airlines Can Do When a Flight is Overbooked and Someone Is Going to Have to Get...

Suddenly, the entire world is interested in learning about the laws governing airlines’ actions when a flight is overbooked. It isn’t every day that the entire world suddenly wants to learn all about something that you’ve...more

What is Builders’ Risk and Why Do We Need It?

In negotiating construction contracts, the parties may ignore or give little attention to the project’s insurance requirements. Insurance provisions are oftentimes left untouched on the standard industry forms. One...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

Revisions to ConsensusDocs® Design-Bid-Build Standard Forms

Every construction project has a contract (written, preferably), and they often vary in size and scope depending on the nature and complexity of a project. Many construction industry participants have developed their own...more

Large Deductibles and Self-Insured Retentions – Potential Bad Faith Exposures

by Cozen O'Connor on

As the economy recovers from the Great Recession, the insurance industry is experiencing an increase in the need to evaluate risk retention and risk transfer mechanisms tailored to the commercial policyholders’ risk...more

Cannabis Insurance Presents Tough Choices

The unique financial headaches of running a cannabis business are well known. My colleague recently posted a terrific piece here regarding some of the banking-related pitfalls facing cannabis businesses and some of the...more

Under Construction - March 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the spring 2017 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. We hope 2017 is off to a good start for you and your company. An issue that seems to commonly come up in cost-plus...more

New Economy Businesses Need New Insurance: Can The Insurance Industry Keep Up?

Kilpatrick Townsend Attorney, Will Um, recently presented the “New Economy Businesses Need New Insurance: Can The Insurance Industry Keep Up?,” as a part of the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar in...more

California’s Storms Are Not California Dreaming

- It is essential to keep track of deadlines mandated under policies. - Keep in mind that several types of insurance—not just property insurance—may cover flood and storm-related losses (such as property damage, loss of...more

Agree to use your “professional best” ? You may lose insurance coverage! (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Yesterday, I was part of a panel at the NC Bar Association Construction Law Winter Meeting, discussing insurance issues for design professionals. ...more

They threatened to sue! What do I do? (Law note on construction disputes)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

I just spent some time answering emails from folks worried because they’ve been threatened with a lawsuit over a construction project gone bad. They want to know: Can they do that? What can they get? But what...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds Employee Entitled to Permissive User Status Despite Violation of Company Policy

In its recent decision in Great American Alliance Ins. Co. v. Anderson, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 2277 (11th Cir. Feb. 8, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, had occasion to...more

Insurer’s Denial of Mitigation Claim for Extra Costs to Prevent Cancellation of Contract Upheld

by Cozen O'Connor on

Many property insurance policies that provide coverage for business interruption losses also include “extra expense” coverage for reasonable and necessary extra costs to temporarily continue as nearly as possible normal...more

CGL Coverage for False Advertising and Intellectual Property Claims: Sometimes It’s There, but You Need to Know Where to Look for...

A recent case in the Northern District of California offers two cautionary tales to policyholders. First, when buying insurance, companies should understand their risks and ensure that the policies they’re buying match those...more

Are Federal Courts Increasingly Likely to Grant Rescission of Insurance Contracts?

Recent court decisions across a variety of industries highlight the importance of submitting complete and accurate insurance applications and renewals. When submitting an application for insurance, the applicant should...more

Insurance When the Internet Goes Down

Business interruption coverage is now a staple of many companies’ insurance programs. One of the “optional” first-party property coverages included in standard property policies, it is intended to compensate companies for...more

Contaminated Product Insurance Policy Held Void Due To Insured’s Misrepresentations

by Dickinson Wright on

A federal appeals court recently held void a product contamination policy issued to H.J. Heinz Company on the basis that Heinz failed to disclose previous contamination claims on its insurance application. In 2014, Heinz...more

Emerging Trends Newsletter - Q4

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Volcker Rule Under the Trump Administration - The so-called Volcker Rule—named after Paul Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board—was part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

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