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A Proxy Season Guide to 2015

With the close of another year quickly approaching, it is time again for public companies to get equipped with the developments of the past year in order to position themselves for success in 2015. A review of previous years’...more

Facing TCPA Claims for Texting Advertisements? You May Also Have Some Insurance Coverage Concerns

During this busy holiday shopping season, retailers may end up facing litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for sending advertisements to consumers’ cell phones. With large-scale litigation...more

APRA releases Insight report on the life insurance and general insurance markets

APRA has released its second Insight report into the life insurance and general insurance markets for 2014. In terms of the general insurance markets, APRA makes a number of interesting observations....more

Policy Observer - December 2014

Giving and Receiving: Insuring Company-Sponsored Volunteerism: This is the time of year when we are reminded of the importance of giving. Many companies not only donate generously to nonprofits and community programs,...more

Are Your Company’s Directors and Officers Suitably Insured for Negligence and Civil Fines and Penalties?

Corporate directors and officers have a long list of things that can keep them up at night. Personal liability for civil fines and penalties arising out of negligence should not be one of them. Companies often must or will...more

UK Court: Directors Insured Under D&O Policies Cannot Avail Themselves of the Financial Ombudsman Service

The question of whether directors insured under D&O policies are entitled to complain to the Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) in respect of an insurer’s handling of a claim has been a frequent discussion point for those...more

Separate trials of liability and quantum in an insurance context

In Fortescue Metals Group Ltd v Underwriting Members of XL Syndicate 1209 at Lloyd’s for the 2004 and 2005 Underwriting Years of Account [2014] WASC 422, the Supreme Court of Western Australia considered whether to order the...more

CFO’s Thirst for Wine Club Invitation Costs Hospital Millions

You can’t make this stuff up. Last Monday a federal court in Rhode Island ordered two insurance companies to pay a $30 million claim by hospital management company Lifespan Corp. Lifespan filed the claim after being ordered...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Will Review Templo Fuente Decision on Insureds’ Duty to Provide Notice as Soon as Practicable under a...

The Supreme Court of New Jersey will hear an appeal of the Appellate Division’s decision in Templo Fuente De Vida Corp. and Fuente Properties, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., 2014 WL 2533810...more

Costs for FCPA Investigations Can Be Huge, Making Insurance Coverage Important

Investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) can quickly become extremely costly. In fact, Walmart recently spent more than $439 million within a two-year span on these types of investigations alone. While...more

Insured v. Insured Exclusion Ambiguous, California Court Finds: Bank Ds And Os Entitled to Coverage for FDIC Suit

Why it matters - In the latest decision to weigh in on the scope of the Insured v. Insured exclusion, a California court has held that it is ambiguous as applied to suits brought by the FDIC, and therefore does not...more

Insurance Recovery Law -- October 2014 #2

Court’s Decision Prompts Policyholders to Seek Defense Quickly or Risk Awaiting Conclusion of Coverage Action to See Reimbursement - Why it matters: A policyholder who does not act promptly to seek advancement...more

Can An Employment Agreement Be A Wee Bit Too Integrated?

The Bylaws of many public companies provide for mandatory indemnification of directors and officers (and sometimes other agents as well). Often, Bylaws describe these indemnity obligations as contract rights. For example...more

National Union Prevails on $40 Million Coblentz Enforcement Action in D&O Case

On October 20, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida granted summary judgment to National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., in BondSafeguard v. National Union, 6:13-cv-561. The court held...more

Are You Covered When the CFPB Comes Calling? Protecting Insurance Coverage for CFPB Investigation Defense and Settlement Costs

Receiving a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Civil Investigative Demand or Proposed Action, Response Request (PARR) letter is never good news. However, that news can become significantly worse if you discover, to...more

Accessing The D&O Liability Coverage of a Bankrupt Corporation

An automatic stay in bankruptcy prevents anyone from accessing the property of the debtor estate, including the directors’ and officers’ liability (D&O) policies which insure individual directors and officers of the estate as...more

A Cautionary Tale for Companies With Potential False Claims Act Exposure

A False Claims Act suit can be a company’s worst nightmare, as it may potentially result in large settlements and awards on account of the statute’s trebled damages provision. However, the nightmare for AmerisourceBergen was...more

Iowa Decision Underscores the Danger of Sharing Privileged Material with Reinsurers

Last month, a federal court in Iowa handed down a decision holding that neither work product nor attorney-client nor the common interest doctrine shield legal advice and analysis from production in discovery once it has been...more

Pennsylvania Court Holds Pending and Prior Litigation Exclusion Applicable to Unserved False Claims Complaint

In its recent decision in AmerisourceBergen Corp. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 2014 PA Super 198 (Pa. Super. Sept. 15, 2014), the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, an intermediate Pennsylvania court, had occasion to consider the...more

Insurance Recovery Law - September 2014 #2

D&Os Entitled to Unfettered Access to Bankrupt Company’s Policy Proceeds to Fund Defense Costs: Why it matters - In an important victory for directors and officers of a bankrupt company, a New York court...more

Corporate Insurance Trends 2014

Although we are seeing the tail end of many of the claims which arose from the Global Financial Crisis, the sophisticated plaintiff’s bar and ever-developing class action landscape means that companies and their officers will...more

The Root Cause of Skyrocketing Securities Class Action Defense Costs

Why do the costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase? Because of my writing on the subject) I’m asked about the issue a lot. My answer has evolved from blaming biglaw economics – a combination of...more

Mind Your Ds and Os: Policy Language Proves Determinative in Director and Officer Insurance Coverage

A recent pair of opinions from New York and Pennsylvania shows the importance of evaluating all parts of director and officer (D&O) insurance coverage, down to each definition. These cases, one holding for the insured and one...more

Land of Confusion: Insurance Coverage for Pre-Suit FCPA Investigation Costs under D&O liability Policies

Bloomberg recently reported that Walmart spent $439 Million in the past two years related to a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigation . Moreover, Walmart predicts that it will spend an additional $200 Million to...more

Mindful Case Management

We recently litigated and successfully settled an insurance coverage case that offers a model for managing a case thoughtfully. Too often, parties reflexively dive into litigation with its procedural hurdles and delays,...more

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