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D&O Insurance Tips: Purchasing and Maximizing Coverage

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Aside from insurance executives themselves, insurance is not a topic that raises excitement among directors and officers. In fact it may feel more like necessary torture. Applications with The same never-ending questions,...more

Time to Elevate Insurance Provisions That Allocate Loss: Enhancing Coverage Under Executive Risk Liability Policies

by King & Spalding on

One of the primary functions of an executive risk liability policy, such as a directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policy, is to protect companies from the risk of covering costs incurred in the defense of its corporate...more

The Many Cyber Exclusions Within D&O Policies

by GB&A Insurance on

Despite all of the large scale hacks and cyber related headlines, cyber security litigation itself remains in its infancy. Case law is sparse, and policy language is slowly beginning to adapt itself to modern risk. In the...more

Policyholders (and the Courts) Continue to Ignore Section 1123 When Analyzing Insured v. Insured Exclusions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its anticipated decision in Indian Harbor Insurance v. Zucker, affirming a 2016 decision from a federal district court in Michigan that an Insured v....more

Dechert's Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2017 Edition: D&O Insurance Coverage - How Careful Should the Drafting Be?...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors are required to review and approve transformative M&A transactions. The power to approve, however, comes with the potential liability that could be asserted if the transactions do not turn out as projected....more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Bank Holding Company Execs Not Entitled to Insurance Coverage

Is a bank holding company that owns and operates banks the same entity both pre- and postbankruptcy filing for the purposes of pursuing directors and officers (D&O) insurance coverage? Yes, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth...more

A D&O Checklist For Private Companies

by GB&A Insurance on

Directors and officers insurance policies are mazes of intricate language that are often difficult to interpret. In order to assist the c-suite and their attorneys perform a proper assessment of their D&O insurance...more

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

A Primer To Covering Your Personal Assets As A Director Or Officer

by GB&A Insurance on

For directors and officers considering a seat in the c-suite, the prospect of having your personal assets exposed can be a scary one. Before accepting that seat, it's important to understand how/when your assets could come...more

Ninth Circuit Extends American Pipe Tolling to Subsequent Class Actions in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc. (May 24, 2017)

Overruling (or, at least, creatively re-characterizing) its own precedent, the Ninth Circuit held in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 2261024 (9th Cir. May 24, 2017), that the pendency of an earlier...more

Public officials – Supreme Court decision provides guidelines for D&O insurers

by DLA Piper on

On May 15 2017 the Joint Divisions of the Supreme Court issued a decision (119831/17) that further clarified the Court of Auditors' jurisdiction compared with that of the civil courts regarding the liability of directors and...more

Wrap-up: “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?”

I am grateful for the enthusiastic feedback I’ve received on my three-part blog post “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?” I especially appreciate the time Kevin LaCroix took to write a...more

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” - Shareholders Keep Trying to Sue D&Os for Data Security Breaches

by Locke Lord LLP on

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed in recent years by shareholders seeking to hold corporate officers and directors liable for damage resulting from data security breaches. For example, directors and officers at...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare Standard for Pleading False Statements of Opinion to Section 10(b) Claims, in City of Dearborn...

In a matter of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, the court applied the Supreme Court’s Omnicare standard for pleading the falsity of a statement of opinion to a Section 10(b) claim in City of Dearborn Heights Act 345...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part II)

This is the second of a three-part post evaluating who is winning the securities class action war. Part I explained that this war is not just a scorecard of wins and losses, but rather a fight for strategic...more

False Claims Act Litigation and Implications for D&O and Professional Liability Insurers

by Sedgwick LLP on

The Federal False Claims Act - 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733 (the ‘‘FCA’’) permits private plaintiffs to pursue claims on behalf of, and sometimes with the intervention of, the U.S. Department of Justice (‘‘DOJ’’), against those...more

Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?

The securities class action war is about far more than the height of the pleading hurdles plaintiffs must clear, the scorecard of motions to dismiss won and lost, or median settlement amounts. It is a fight for strategic...more

Connecticut Court Holds No Coverage for Late Notice Under D&O Policy

In Zahoruiko v. Fed. Ins. Co., No. 3:15-cv-474 (VLB), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28204 (D. Conn. Feb. 28, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut had occasion to consider whether an insured’s late...more

Ninth Circuit Holds D&O Policy Bars Coverage of FDIC’s Claims

In a decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in finding for a directors & officers (D&O) insurer, denied coverage of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) claims against a failed bank’s former...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

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