Duty to Defend

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Seventh Circuit: Insurer Has Duty To Defend West Virginia’s Suit Against Drug Distributor Seeking To Recover Amounts Expended By...

Based on the policy language before it, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently found that an insurer has a duty to defend a pharmaceutical distributor in a lawsuit brought by West Virginia’s attorney...more

Is There Coverage for The Pill Mill Lawsuits?

In an effort to deal with the terrible epidemic of drug abuse and the human and economic costs of this dilemma, the state of West Virginia has brought lawsuits in several jurisdictions against pharmaceutical companies and...more

What Are Insurers Using for Excuses Not to Pay Claims?

We have seen a recent rash of cases where defending insurers are stretching to new lengths to force their insureds to contribute substantially more that the deductible bargained for in the policy, often grasping at the straw...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Denial of Coverage for Accidental Gunshot Injury

On April 14, the Fourth Circuit held that an insurer owed no defense or indemnity coverage for an underlying personal injury suit against the policyholder’s employee, a security guard who accidentally shot a friend while...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms CGL Coverage of Cyber Incident

In a recent, unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit held that an insurer had a duty to defend its insured under a CGL policy for a cyber incident. A class action complaint was filed against Portal Healthcare Solutions...more

Nevada Adopts Cumis Counsel Requirement – Who’s Next?

In September 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court issued a decision in State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Hansen, 131 Nev. Adv. Op. 74, which held that Nevada law requires an insurer to provide independent Cumis counsel when there...more

Mississippi Court Holds E&O Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Civil Rights Action

In its recent decision in Travelers Indem. Co. v. Forrest County, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81826 (S.D. Miss. June 23, 2016), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi had occasion to consider...more

Insurer Held to Have Duty to Defend Allegations that Patients’ Medical Records Were Accessible Via Google Search

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that an insurer had a duty to defend an insured against class action allegations that the insured posted confidential medical records on the Internet. Two patients at Glen...more

Second Circuit Holds Insurers Have Duty to Defend Data Trap Lawsuit

In its recent decision in Nat’l Fire Ins. Co. v. E. Mishan & Sons, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 10151 (2d Cir. June 1, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, applying New York law, had occasion to...more

Do You Know What’s In Your Portfolio Company’s D&O Insurance?

When a venture capital or private equity firm invests in a portfolio company (PC) and places a general partner on the PC’s board, they typically require that the PC agree to defend and indemnify the board member in any...more

Insurers Take Notice: Ninth Circuit Rules that EPA Request Letter Triggers Duty to Defend

On May 11, 2016, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a general liability insurer owed a duty to defend an environmental matter even though no suit had technically been filed. Ash Grove Cement Co v. Liberty Mutual...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Greater Insurer Involvement in Defense-Counsel Selection and Strategy

One of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” last month was for greater D&O insurer involvement in securities class action defense. This simple step would have extensive benefits for public companies and their...more

Portfolio Company Litigation: Some Practical Considerations for Board-Designees of Private Funds

Individuals affiliated with private fund managers are increasingly being named as defendants in lawsuits involving fund portfolio companies, particularly where the fund controls one or more seats on the portfolio company’s...more

New Jersey Court Holds No Coverage for Skydiving Accident

In its recent decision in U.S. Specialty Ins. Co. v. Sussex Airport, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60770 (D.N.J. May 9, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to consider the phrase...more

Fourth Circuit Finds CGL Insurer Has Duty to Defend Cyber Claim

In Travelers Indem. Co. of Am. v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, L.L.C., 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 6554, decided on April 11, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that a commercial general liability...more

Hello Insurers – Court says CGL may Cover Privacy Breaches Occurring Prior to 2014

In April 2013, Glens Falls Hospital admitted that the medical records for more than 2,300 of its patients were stored for several months on an unprotected computer server. The hospital’s outside records contractor, Portal...more

Insurance Coverage – Equitable Contribution – “Other Insurance” Clauses

Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, London v. Arch Specialty Insurance Co. - Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District - (April 11, 2016) The original purpose of “other insurance” clauses was to prevent multiple...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds Coverage Under CGL Policy for Data Breach Claims

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (“Fourth Circuit”) recently concluded that an insurer had a duty to defend a health care company that was sued by individuals whose personal health information was...more

Do You Need Cyber Insurance or Will Your CGL Policy Be Enough?

In Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, LLC, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the recent trend of insurance companies avoiding any liability for data breaches under commercial general...more

Data Breach Suit Covered Under CGL Policy

Earlier this month in an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Travelers Indemnity Company of America (“Travelers”) had a duty to defend its insured against a data breach suit under the terms of...more

Keeping Coverage Online: Fourth Circuit Confirms Internet Data Breach Claim Triggers Commercial General Liability Policies

In a clear rejection of insurers’ attempts to artificially narrow the broad coverage provided by commercial general liability (“CGL”) policies, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that an...more

Insurer Must Defend Data Breach Claim Under Traditional Commercial General Liability Policies

On April 11, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling by Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia that Travelers Indemnity Company of America...more

California Appeals Court Rejects Insurer’s Reliance on Contractual Escape Clause

According to a closely watched decision, an “other insurance” clause in a comprehensive general liability policy will not, as a matter of public policy, permit the insurer to avoid having to pay a share of the insured’s...more

Reservations of Rights Around the World

Upon notification of a loss, and in order to avoid waiving its rights to rely on a defense to a claim for indemnity under the policy, the insurer may issue a reservation of rights. In the context of liability insurance, an...more

Fourth Circuit Rules GL Insurer Has Duty To Defend Data Breach Claim

In a brief, unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling that Travelers must defend Portal Healthcare Solutions in an underlying lawsuit involving the disclosure of confidential...more

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