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Regulatory And Litigation Hot Topics For Private Funds In 2016

Private investment funds are likely to face increased regulatory scrutiny and litigation risk in 2016, not only based on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s focus on the industry but also due to transparency and...more

New Jersey Appellate Court Affirms Ruling That Solvent Insurers Not Responsible For Portions Of Insolvent Insurers

Earlier this month, a New Jersey appellate court affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the insured, not solvent insurers, was responsible for the liability apportioned to policies not covered by New Jersey’s Property Liability...more

When is a Fellow Employee a “Fellow Employee”?

The Eleventh Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to enforce an insurance policy’s “fellow employee” exclusion on the ground that the employee was acting outside the scope of his employment at the time of the...more

Arise and Exclude: Artful Pleading Fails to Circumvent Contractual Liability Exclusion

It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to couch their pleadings in terms that attempt to avoid exclusions in defendants’ liability coverage. The plaintiffs in Bond Safeguard Ins. Co. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh,...more

Court Grants Motion To Dismiss In Row Between Insured, Insurer, And Third-Party Claim Administrators

A district court in Ohio granted defendants National Indemnity Company (“National”) and Resolute Management, Inc.’s (“Resolute”) motion to dismiss in an asbestos coverage dispute. Plaintiff, industrial manufacturer the...more

As TCPA Class Actions Soar, Issues Emerge in TCPA Coverage for Claims

Both the number of cases under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the types of practices that those cases challenge have mushroomed within the last several years. Yet a dedicated form of insurance against TCPA...more

New Jersey Court Addresses Insured’s Failure to Pay SIR

In its recent decision in Colony National Ins. Co. v. Control Building Services, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155757 (D.N.J. Nov. 18, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to...more

Second Circuit’s Policy Language Interpretation Leaves Insurer Down in the Dumps

So this dump truck can’t make it through an overpass on I-90; the crash knocks the dump box off the truck and into the road. Five minutes later (or 30 seconds, if you believe some people), along comes Mr. Itzkowitz, with his...more

Make Your Insurance Policies List and Check It Twice

As the holidays rapidly approach, it is a perfect time for retailers to review their insurance policies and understand the extent of their coverage. Seasonal hires, new products and revisions in services may expose retailers...more

Fiduciary Liability Insurance is Worth It

The warranty in the electronics business is gravy for the retailers who sell it. You’ll be surprised how many people pay $20 to get a warranty on a $100 Blu-Ray player. When Best Buy was going national, they advertised how...more

NY Insurance Law 3420(d)(2) Is Strictly Enforced

It is of paramount importance that liability insurers doing business in New York be aware of the heightened disclaimer obligations applicable to claims implicating Insurance Law § 3420(d)(2). The statute, which applies to...more

As Litigation Risk Increases, Private Equity Sponsors Should Re-Evaluate Their Professional Liability Insurance Programs

Private equity fund sponsors are facing increased litigation risk from regulators and private parties, including limited partners and stakeholders in portfolio companies.  As a result, private equity firms should re-examine...more

Talley’s Insurance Tip of the Month

Why one should have errors and omissions insurance – does it really protect? Talley’s tip: The problem with liability insurance is that the policies often have exclusions that prevent the insurance from covering you or...more

Additional Insureds Deserve Attention Too: New York Court Finds Insurer’s Reservation of Rights to Named Insured Did Not...

Liability insurers issuing or delivering policies in New York are well apprised of the statutory requirement that the insured is to be provided written notice of a disclaimer or denial of a bodily injury or death claim “as...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Talley’s Insurance Tip of the Month

Why individuals and businesses should have liability insurance and does it protect? Talley’s tip: Think of liability insurance like litigation insurance. If there is a claim made against you personally, or against your...more

Not Driving in America: Navigating New Territory in Product Liability

Driving in America: It’s a task almost universally reviled by those with hour-long commutes, practically a right-of-way to adulthood, a pastime romanticized in films, and – maybe – a soon extinct activity? Ever since Google...more

When is a Vehicle Not a “Vehicle”?

Two police officers were riding in a police car that was struck by an intoxicated underinsured driver. The officer in the passenger seat suffered serious injuries that were inadequately compensated by the tortfeasor’s...more

Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage

Editors at Wired magazine recently engaged in a year-long project to develop a means to hack the onboard computer of a Jeep, and override the driver’s control of several critical vehicle functions. According to a disturbing...more

Federal court in Florida provides helpful case study in insurance “choice of law” tactics

The Southern District of Florida recently issued an opinion that addresses some rarely discussed nuances of insurance choice of law disputes. Sun Capital Partners, Inc. v. Twin City Fire Ins. Co., No. 12-CV-81397, 2015 WL...more

Antitrust Matters - September 2015

Antitrust investigations are no longer limited to a nation’s borders, or even to a region. Enforcers are more and more sharing information and coordinating their investigative efforts as they strive to uniformly enforce the...more

Liability Insurers receive $25.5 million reminder about the importance of Reservation of Rights letters

“This insurance,” the policy clearly stated, “does not apply to . . . punitive damages. . . .” And yet the carriers will be paying the entire judgment entered in Lompe v. Sunridge Partners, LLC, 54 F. Supp. 3d 1252, 1271 (D....more

Conflict Resolution: Illinois Appellate Court Finds No Conflict in Defending Two Insureds, and No Duty of Primary to Excess...

When an insurer defends its insured under a liability policy, the insurer has a duty to act in good faith to the insured in responding to settlement offers. In Illinois Emcasco Insurance Co. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance...more

The Animas Spill: EPA Liability and Insurance Coverage

When a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released three million gallons of contaminated mining work wastewater into the Animas River in August 2015, the EPA immediately took responsibility, as it...more

Fifth Circuit Concludes That FCA Claim Was Not Covered By Insurance Policy

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently rejected a shipbuilder’s claim against its insurance company seeking defense and indemnification from a False Claims Act suit. See XL Spec. Ins. Co. v. Bollinger...more

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