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CA Supreme Court Finds “Consent-to-Assignment” Clauses Unenforceable After Loss Occurs During the Policy Period

In Fluor Corporation v. Superior Court (No. S205889; filed 8/20/15), the California Supreme Court overruled its earlier decision in Henkel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indemnity Co. (2003) 29 Cal.4th 934, holding that...more

The California Supreme Court Issues Its Landmark Decision in Fluor

On August 20, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Fluor v. Superior Court, overruling its prior holding in Henkel Corp. v Hartford, which precluded successor entities from tapping into their...more

Representation and Warranty Insurance: No Longer Optional - Deal Terms and Trends - Summer 2015

Representation and warranty insurance (R&WI) has become an integral component of the M&A landscape and is here to stay. The data speaks for itself: in 2014, more than 700 U.S. R&WI policies were issued, which was double the...more

California Supreme Court Will Review Appellate Decision Holding That Attorney Bills Are Privileged

In June, I blogged about County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 235 Cal. App. 4th 1154 (2015). In that case, the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) concluded that legal defense bills...more

Insurance for Emerging Companies: Understanding the Insurance You Have

Our Insurance Recovery Group is often asked to help emerging companies understand their insurance program and assist with claims. This is the first in a series of posts that will address the insurance issues impacting growing...more

Newsletter: Cooley M&A Team News - July 2015

As discussed in our March 2014 and April 2015 newsletters, in the last few years, there have been numerous developments in the law and practice surrounding appraisal rights under Delaware law. That trend has continued with...more

Minnesota Passes Legislation to Exclude Guaranteed Asset Protection Waiver Policies from Insurance Definition

On June 13, Governor Mark Dayton (D-MN) signed into law H.F. 3/Chapter 1, which, in part, excludes Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) waiver policies from the definition of insurance. Effective August 1, the act specifies that...more

Closing a Facility? Dig Deep to Avoid Contractual Issues

When closing a facility, the legal issues that most often come to mind are terminating a lease or selling the asset(s). However, those are just the tip of the iceberg. From below the surface, potential problems may arise out...more

Critical Regulations and Libel Suit Raise Adverse Publicity Coverage Issues

Brand is everything! The ability and opportunities to extend a brand’s reach are vast, with the smallest companies able to brand globally. Equally important is protecting an established brand. Competitors and consumers can...more

Delaware Enacts Telehealth Commercial Insurance Parity Law

Declaring “liberty and independence” from the constraints of brick and mortar health care, Delaware became the 29th state to enact a telemedicine commercial reimbursement statute. The legislation (HB-69) was sponsored by...more

Is There Rhyme Or Reason To The Scope Of Permissible Reinsurance-Related Discovery?

Courts in numerous jurisdictions continue to consider whether reinsurance-related information is discoverable in insurance coverage litigation. Decisions go both ways. Some courts find that reinsurance information and...more

Seventh Circuit Limits Construction Lender’s Use of Title Insurance Policy to Cover Construction Liens Created by Lender’s Cutoff...

In a recent decision written by Judge Sykes, affirming a decision from the Western District of Wisconsin, in an issue governed by Wisconsin law, the Seventh Circuit ruled that a title insurer has no duty to indemnify a...more

Insurance Recovery Law - July 2015

In the Context of a Bad Faith Claim, Insurer’s Defense That Coverage Denial Was Reasonable Put at Issue Otherwise Protected Attorney-Client and Work Product Communications - Why it matters: Recognizing the “conflicting...more

Bank Bond Covers Third-Party Losses Arising out of Bank Employee’s Fraud, Eighth Circuit Holds

Fidelity bonds are purchased primarily to protect against loss to the policyholder’s own assets, from things like employee theft or embezzlement. In Avon State Bank v. BancInsure, Inc., however, the Eighth Circuit interpreted...more

Rep and Warranty Insurance in Canada: A Market-Driven Option for M&A Negotiations

Canadian M&A practitioners are increasingly using representation and warranty (R&W) insurance as a competitive tool in deal negotiations. The insurance, which provides coverage for breaches of a seller’s representations and...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #3

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #2

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

Insurance May Cover Call Recording Class Actions

Companies often monitor or record conversations between their employees and customers for training or quality control purposes. California law prohibits monitoring or recording unless both parties consent. Class actions have...more

Texas Floods: What You Need To Know About Your Insurance

Texas has recently suffered historic flooding, causing tremendous damage and destruction in areas affected by heavy rain and floodwaters. Because of the damage sustained, commercial policyholders may have significant...more

The Devil in the “Cyber” Insurance Details

There’s a tempest amidst the recent spring shower of “cyber” insurance cases. It isn’t the Recall Total case reported the week before last, or the Travelers v. Federal Recovery Services case reported the week before. While...more

Prior & Pending Litigation [Video]

From the 2015 PLUS Professional Risk Symposium session “Navigating Prior & Pending and Other Coverage Issues,” David F. Cutter, Esq. (Troutman Sanders LLP) looks at three analytical issues to consider when facing prior and...more

How the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Decision in Mutual Benefit Will Affect Your Business Insurance Coverage

On May 26, 2015, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Mutual Benefit Ins. Co. v. Christos Politsopoulos. The decision is good news for policyholders, particularly those who use...more

Blog: Post-Incorporation Checklist: 10 Next Steps to Consider

You’ve taken the plunge and formed your business as a Delaware corporation. What do you need to do next? This post, along with the companion piece 8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment, is intended to help you identify...more

Blog: Four Steps to Minimize the Impact of Your Competitors’ Patents

The success of your new venture depends on avoiding costly and time consuming patent litigation. Mature companies often engage patent counsel to provide “freedom to operate” opinions with respect to specific products or...more

Insurer Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Policyholder for Data Breach

Late last month, Columbia Casualty Company instituted a declaratory judgment lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against its insured, Cottage Health System. Columbia Casualty...more

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