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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

Myths & Misconceptions of Biotech Securities Claims: An Analysis of Motion to Dismiss Results (2005-2016)

There is a common life cycle for Directors and Officers Liability for a publicly-traded biotechnology company bringing its first drug or device to the market. In the early stages, whether pre-clinical or Phase 1, there is...more

Who is an Insured and What is a Claim? Circuit Courts Offer Guidance in Applying the “Insured vs. Insured” Exclusion in D&O...

Typical directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policies exclude from coverage claims brought by one of the company’s directors or officers against another, or between the company and any of its directors or officers. The...more

Texas Supreme Court Broadly Defines Successor When Enforcing the Insured v. Insured Exclusion

The Underlying Dispute - Robert Primo (Primo) served as the director and treasurer for a condominium association. Shortly before he resigned from that position, he wrote himself two checks totaling more than $100,000...more

“Succeeds to the Interests of” Does Not Require Assumption of Obligations: D&O Policy’s Insured v. Insured Exclusion Applies to...

On February 24, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court reinstated a state trial court ruling that an “insured-versus insured” exclusion barred coverage under a D&O policy for the costs of defending a lawsuit. Because the D&O insurer...more

Trio of Recent Decisions on the I v. I Exclusion Should Remind Policyholders to Annually Review the Language in Their Policy to...

D&O policies vary quite a bit from carrier to carrier, and language on “standard” exclusions can change from year to year. Accordingly, it is important to do a yearly review of your D&O policy to make sure your company has...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Effectively Defending Adversarial Actions Brought Against Former D&Os in Bankruptcy Court

When private equity investors, hedge funds, distressed asset funds, major shareholders or founders step up and take board positions to help guide or turnaround a troubled company, they often do so for all the right reasons....more

Top 10 Things Corporate Attorneys Should Know About Insurance

Almost every corporate transaction — mergers, purchase and sales, real estate matters, among others — involves some “insurance” related issues. They can range from simple “insurance requirements” in the corporate documents to...more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the...more

The Eighth Circuit Applies Insured vs. Insured Exclusion to Non-Insured Co-Plaintiffs

In a significant decision interpreting one of the most frequently litigated exclusions in the world of D&O insurance, the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that an Insured vs. Insured exclusion applied to an insured director’s...more

What’s the deal with data breach insurance

A recent Investment News article highlighted a burgeoning market for financial advisors looking to protect their practices; namely, data breach insurance. Although such insurance seems like a great idea, you need to exercise...more

Court Grants Motion Compelling 30(B)(6) Deposition Testimony On Reinsurance From Insurance Company Following Liquidation

In a discovery dispute following the liquidation of Western Insurance Company (“Western”), a Utah federal district court granted a motion to compel a 30(b)(6) deposition testimony regarding Western’s reinsurance agreements....more

9th Circuit Holds Insured vs. Insured Exclusion Applicable to Claims Brought by FDIC

In its recent decision in FDIC v. BancIsure, Inc., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 452 (Jan. 10, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals had occasion to consider the scope of an insured vs. insured exclusion in the context of...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - January 2017

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: HEALTH POLICY INITIATIVES - Perhaps the most...more

Avoiding the Minefields of Claims-Made Insurance Coverage

This is the first in a series of posts relating to what we will call the “minefields” of claims made insurance coverage. Fifty years ago, most insurers issued liability insurance policies on “occurrence” policy forms. As...more

Delaware Superior Court Limits Fraud Exclusion

This is an important decision because it limits the use of the typical fraud exclusion in a D&O policy to avoid liability to the insured. The insured David Murdoch was found to have breached his fiduciary duty to Dole Foods...more

Montana Court Holds D&O Insurer Had Duty to Advance Costs

In its recent decision in Johnson v. Federal Rural Electric Ins. Ex., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 173037 (D. Mont. Dec. 14, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of Montana had occasion to consider a D&O...more

Lessons Learned in London

Earlier this month, I spent a week in the birthplace of D&O insurance, London. In addition to moderating a panel at Advisen’s European Executive Risks Insights Conference, I met with many energetic and talented D&O insurance...more

Quick Guide to REIT IPOs - 2016

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are endlessly inventive. They were first developed in the 1960s as a means for ordinary retail investors to hold interests in real estate. The REIT market has waxed and waned over the...more

Delaware Superior Court Explains Disgorgement Exclusion In Insurance Coverage

D&O policies often attempt to exclude from coverage sums paid to disgorge unlawful profits. The underlying theory is that the company did not suffer a true loss when it has to give back something that it never should have had...more

Best Practices for Protecting Your Company With a Successful Insurance Renewal

Many in-house attorneys and risk managers follow the same ritual each year when renewing their company’s insurance policies: they look at a few insurance proposals, compare premiums, and then put their renewal policies in a...more

Ohio Court Holds Software Audit Demand Is a Claim Under D&O Policy

In its recent decision in Eighth Floor Promotions v. The Cincinnati Ins. Cos., 2016 Ohio App. LEXIS 4119 (Oct. 11, 2016), the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Third Appellate District, had occasion to consider whether an audit...more

Superior Court of Delaware Finds that Late Notice Does Not Defeat Coverage Under D&O Policy

The Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division held in Medical Depot, Inc. v. RSUI Indemnity Company that late notice did not preclude coverage in a D&O policy absent prejudice to the insurer. By way of brief...more

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