Duty to Defend

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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

Fourth Circuit Finds Coverage for Cyber Incident under Commercial General Liability Policy

On April 11, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit rendered one of the first appellate-level decisions dealing with insurance coverage for a cyber event. The Fourth Circuit confirmed that a commercial...more

Fourth Circuit Finds That Traditional CGL Policies May Continue to Provide Coverage for Cyberliability Claims

A federal U.S. Court of Appeals has confirmed that comprehensive general liability (CGL) and other traditional policies may yet be a source of liability insurance coverage for cyberliabilities. Although a dedicated...more

Leave It to the Policyholder Professionals – Do Not Try This at Home

Recently, I was asked to look at coverage for a case where the insurer had denied a duty to defend several years before. We concluded that the insurer should have been defending based on certain allegations in the complaint...more

Hanging Around: Fourth Circuit Confirms the Coverage for Data Breach Can Still Be Found in Traditional Liability Policies

With today’s increased focus on data breaches and related cyber liability exposure, the insurance market continues to develop policies tailored to this unique risk. Insurers are also excluding cyber risks in many traditional...more

Fourth Circuit Expands Cyber Coverage under Commercial General Liability Policies

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed a decision by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division (District Court), finding that Travelers...more

Court Upholds Coverage Under General Liability Policy for Claim Alleging Failure to Protect Data

In an encouraging development for insureds, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that a health care company’s general liability insurer was required to defend the company against claims stemming from...more

Good News for Corporate Policy Holders: Court Finds Cyber Coverage Under Standard Liability Policy

Corporate policy holders received good news on April 11 when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued its opinion in the case captioned: The Travelers Indemnity Company of America v. Portal Healthcare...more

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