Duty to Defend Commercial General Liability Policies

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Montana Supreme Court Holds Co-Insurer Breached Duty to Defend

In its recent decision in J & C Moodie Properties, LLC v. Deck, 2016 MT 301 (Mont. Nov. 22, 2016), the Supreme Court of Montana had occasion to consider what constitutes a breach of an insurer’s duty to defend in a...more

California Court Holds No Duty to Defend Under Liquor Liability Coverage Form

In its recent decision in Camp Richardson Resort, Inc. v. Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155707 (E.D. Cal. Nov. 9, 2016), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California had...more

Top 10 Things Litigators Should Know About Insurance

Most non-insurance litigators run for the hills when the topic of “insurance coverage” arises. Others profess to know enough about insurance coverage just to make themselves dangerous. Considering the rising costs of...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

In Alabama, Sewage is NOT a Pollutant Falling Within the Pollution Exclusion in a Commercial General Liability Policy

Pollution exclusion clauses are an insurance industry staple and are often contained in commercial general liability insurance policies. While one might think that raw sewage would be considered a pollutant, under current...more

A Recent California Federal Court Decision Restores Coverage For Some Patent-Related Lawsuits

A California district court pushed back on the restrictive interpretation of a standard intellectual property exclusion and found coverage for a policyholder’s patent related lawsuit. The United States District Court...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

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

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

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

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

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

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