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“Going and Coming” Rule Intact Where Employee Not Required to Have Personal Vehicle Available for Company Business

In Jorge v. Culinary Institute of America (No. A143545, filed 9/16/16), a California appeals court held that an employer was not liable on a respondeat superior theory for the negligence of its employee as there was no...more

Court of Appeals Changes Calculation of Statute of Repose

Colorado law generally prohibits construction defect lawsuits against a construction professional brought “more than six years after the substantial completion of the improvement to the real property.” § 13-80-104, C.R.S....more

Deloitte’s $500 Million Sentence

We have assisted many accounting firms in the creation or revision of their client engagement letters. They very often question the need to include certain provisions intended to limit their liability to their clients and...more

Has your law firm considered a cost effective way of meeting the new Connecticut CLE requirements?

As you know, effective January 1, 2017, every active Connecticut licensed attorney will be required to complete at least 12 credit hours of continuing legal education each year. Of the 12 hours, at least two of the hours...more

Three Immigration Lawyers Sanctioned by the SEC for Brokering EB-5 Investments

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has just published three new decisions in connection with administrative proceedings against two well known immigration lawyers, as well as against a third lawyer. One party has...more

Duty to Defend: Surplus Line Brokers and Professional Liability

Negligent solicitation and placement of insurance policies and failure to conduct due diligence into the admitted insurance market are covered under E&O policy - In a decision with significant implications for surplus...more

Internal Investigations: The Impact of the Yates Memo, the FCPA Unit Pilot Program and Recent Legal Decisions [Video]

Following recent regulatory announcements and legal decisions, internal investigations are becoming increasingly more complicated to navigate. Join Sutherland for a moderated roundtable where our experienced practitioners...more

From the Benesch Transportation Archives: To Delivery....And Beyond!: The Boundaries of Carrier Liability for Unloading (A Clear...

Introduction: Carmack Boundaries and the Blurring of Unloading Functions - Under the Carmack Amendment, a carrier is liable for the actual loss of goods which “arrive” damaged 49 U.S.C. §4706(a)(1). But when does that...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

Cybersecurity, Part 3: Identifying solutions

Cybersecurity issues are constantly evolving. Indeed, even since the first article in this series was published, it was announced that plaintiffs law firm Edelson PC has already filed a privacy class action lawsuit against a...more

Professional Liability Policy Provides Coverage for Innocent Co-Insureds

In Evanston Ins. Co. v. Agape Sr. Primary Care, Inc., No. 14-2268, 2016 WL 192748 (4th Cir. Jan. 15, 2016), the Fourth Circuit affirmed the South Carolina District Court’s finding that a professional liability policy provided...more

Professional negligence: conveyancers on both sides of a property purchase found liable to a defrauded buyer

In Purrunsing v. A'Court & Co (a firm) and House Owners Conveyancers Limited (2016) EWHC 789 (Ch) Judge Pelling QC in the Chancery Division of the High Court held that both the buyer's and seller's conveyancing solicitors...more

Purely “Compensatory” Debts Owed by Attorneys to Clients (Which Are Not Disciplinary or Punitive Fees Imposed by the State Bar)...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Scheer v. The State Bar of California (4/14/16 – Case no. 2:14-cv-04829-JFW) reversed the district court’s affirmance of the bankruptcy court’s decision that a...more

Massachusetts Court Finds Private Equity Funds Liable for Portfolio Company’s Pension Obligations

In a decision that will have significant repercussions for private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has found a private equity sponsor liable...more

New Jersey Court Considers Exclusion for Delay of or Failure to Complete Work

In its recent decision in Navigators Specialty Ins. v. PharmaNet Development Group, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40999 (D.N.J. Mar. 29, 2016), the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey had occasion to...more

2015 Georgia Corporation and Business Organization Case Law Developments

This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses, their management and ownership. It catalogs decisions ruling on issues of corporate, limited liability company and partnership law, as well as transactions...more

Justice Can Be Evasive — Dontrell Stephens and a Claims Bill

Dontrell Stephens was shot four times by a deputy of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department soon after he got off his bike because a deputy stopped him for riding across a roadway. - He was told to stop by the...more

Mistakes Happen - How to Respond When They Do

Attorneys are human. They make mistakes. However, how an attorney responds to a mistake may be more important than the mistake itself. In the face of potential civil liability, sanctions or disciplinary proceedings, care...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

M&A Update: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Rural Metro Decision, but Financial Advisors Can Breathe a Sigh of Relief

In a November 30, 2015 decision, the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Delaware Chancery Court’s $76 million damages award against RBC Capital in In re Rural/Metro Corp. S’holders Litig. The ruling, however, notably rejected...more

6 Questions PE Sponsors Must Ask About Their GPL Policies

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

Alert: What to Expect During an FTCA Site Visit

The Health Resources and Services Administration (“HRSA”) announced last year that it intends to increase the number of Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) site visits it will conduct each year. Most site visits occur between...more

When Less Is More: The pitfalls of saying too much in professional contracts

Design and other professionals often incorporate their practices in an effort to avoid individual liability. They also add well-crafted limitations of liability and indemnification clauses in their form services contracts 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

New York Court Holds Dishonest Acts Exclusion Inapplicable

In its recent decision in Great American E&S Ins. Co. v. Norman-Spencer McKernan, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140481 (W.D.N.Y. Oct. 15, 2015), the United States District Court for the Western District of New York had occasion...more

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