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Travelers Fails to Pull a Rabbit out of its Hat and Must Defend its Insured

by Nossaman LLP on

In a recent federal court decision out of Colorado, Travelers failed to convince the Court that it had no duty to defend its insured based on its IP exclusion (barring coverage for patent infringement claims). Travelers’...more

Florida Court Holds Prior Knowledge Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Malpractice Suit

In its recent decision in Farbstein v. Westport Ins. Corp., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125990 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 9, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Florida had occasion to consider the application of a...more

Recent Case Highlights Insurance Recovery Strategies and Pitfalls for Commercial Policyholders

A recent Minnesota coverage decision provides guideposts for a commercial policyholder’s proper handling of an insurance claim as well as a cautionary tale regarding an excess insurer’s attempt to readjudicate liability in a...more

D&O Insurance Tips: Purchasing and Maximizing Coverage

by GB&A Insurance on

Aside from insurance executives themselves, insurance is not a topic that raises excitement among directors and officers. In fact it may feel more like necessary torture. Applications with The same never-ending questions,...more

Disparagement Allegations May Trigger Valuable Coverage

A recent case we handled highlights the importance of reading a complaint’s allegations very carefully. Competitors in high-stakes litigation may file complaints and cross-complaints against each other alleging a variety of...more

Cyber Insurance: Get What You Pay For              

by Fisher Phillips on

Due to the increasing number of successful and attempted cyber-attacks and increased government scrutiny surrounding protection of confidential information, companies cannot ignore the various risks associated with potential...more

“Arising” tide for insurers: 11th Circuit takes expansive view of Prior Acts Exclusion

by Carlton Fields on

Claims-made policies often cover acts that occur before a policy period, so long as they result in a covered claim during the policy period. This is a fundamental difference between claims-made and occurrence policies. But...more

Massachusetts Court Holds Upholds Exclusion Applicable to Personal and Advertising Injury

In its recent decision in National Union Fire Ins. Co. v. Town of Norwood, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116638 (D. Mass. July 26, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider the...more

The Many Cyber Exclusions Within D&O Policies

by GB&A Insurance on

Despite all of the large scale hacks and cyber related headlines, cyber security litigation itself remains in its infancy. Case law is sparse, and policy language is slowly beginning to adapt itself to modern risk. In the...more

What's a Coverage Defense? 11th Circuit Addresses Coverage Defenses under the Florida Claims Administration Statute

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

When coverage is at issue, the interplay between a policy’s language and an insurer’s duties under the Claims Administration Statute, Florida Statute Section 627.426, becomes a key factor in claims handling for insurers. In...more

How To Protect Your Company From Cyber Regulatory-Enforcement: Part 2

by GB&A Insurance on

Experiencing a security breach is a bit like being on the titanic and feeling the tremble from hitting an iceberg. The impact sparks immediate panic - you know something very bad has just happened but are unsure whether the...more

Defence & Indemnity - June 2017 : INSURANCE ISSUES F. Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada v. Intact Insurance...

by Field Law on

I. Insurance Issues: F. Where an auto insurer employs an insurance form (such as a policy, endorsement, or application,) that has not been approved by the Superintendent, the unapproved form will be interpreted by the...more

Policyholders (and the Courts) Continue to Ignore Section 1123 When Analyzing Insured v. Insured Exclusions

by Blank Rome LLP on

Last month the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its anticipated decision in Indian Harbor Insurance v. Zucker, affirming a 2016 decision from a federal district court in Michigan that an Insured v....more

What To Look For In Strong Computer Fraud & Social Engineering Insurance

by GB&A Insurance on

Cyber security has been the talk of the town for quite a while now. Organizations today flooded with statistics and mentions of the importance of proper security measures and cyber liability programs. Some companies...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

A D&O Checklist For Private Companies

by GB&A Insurance on

Directors and officers insurance policies are mazes of intricate language that are often difficult to interpret. In order to assist the c-suite and their attorneys perform a proper assessment of their D&O insurance...more

Sixth Circuit’s holding that debtor in possession and liquidating trustee are one in the same for purposes of...

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals recently took up the controversial issue of whether a liquidating trustee’s lawsuit, alleging breach of fiduciary duty against a corporate debtor’s officers, falls within the...more

Earth Movement: "Any" Means Any; Home-Owners Insurance Company v. Dominic F. Andriacchi (Michigan Court of Appeals)

Property policies typically include an exclusion for loss caused by or resulting from earth movement. Some insurers will provide coverage for earth movement, but that coverage will usually have a sub-limit. For years,...more

Ransomware: Assessing & Crafting Coverage

by GB&A Insurance on

When it comes to cyber risk insurance, coverage for ransomware related claims is an important component. And with ransom attacks on the rise, it’s more important than ever. But organizations need to be careful not to develop...more

WV Court Rules Earth Movement Exclusion Unambiguously Precludes Coverage Regardless of Whether Landslide Was a Man-Made or...

by Carlton Fields on

In Erie Insurance Property and Casualty Company v. Chaber, No. 16-0490 (W. Va. June 1, 2017), the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia reversed a lower court’s decision, holding that damage caused by a landslide was...more

Shot Through the Heart, But the Excess Carrier Isn’t to Blame: Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars...

by Carlton Fields on

On June 1, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis...more

Georgia Federal Court Finds Policy’s Broad Firearms Exclusion Bars Coverage

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted summary judgment in favor of AIG Specialty Insurance Co. in a case involving the application of the firearms exclusion in Powe v. Chartis Specialty...more

New York Court Holds General Liability Insurer Has Duty to Defend Odor Claim

In its recent decision in Hillcrest Coatings, Inc. v. Colony Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 4519 (N.Y. 4th Dep’t June 9, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, had occasion to...more

Courts Misunderstand the Meaning of “That Particular Part”

This is part one of a two-part series looking at how court decisions in recent years have thwarted general contractors’ reasonable expectation of coverage under their general liability policies....more

No-Fault vs. health insurance: What’s the better choice for crash victims?

by Michigan Auto Law on

Health insurance is full of landmines for unsuspecting car crash victims, who are subject to ‘auto exclusions,’ coverage limitations, managed care, HMOs and medical pre-approval requirements and ERISA liens....more

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