Specialty Lines

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurer Needn't Defend Landlord From Antitrust MDL

    A Washington state judge has ruled in favor of an insurer in a coverage dispute revolving around nearly 40 antitrust class action claims against landlords that have been combined into a multidistrict litigation case, finding that the insurer owes no defense coverage to an accused property manager.

  • February 14, 2024

    Contractor Owes $13M To Cover Virus Defaults, Insurer Says

    A Michigan-based insurer asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to grant a default final judgment in its indemnification suit against a contractor, seeking to force the company to cough up nearly $13 million to reimburse payments against its surety bonds and protect the insurer from future claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    Bed Bath & Beyond Execs Given Access To $10M In Insurance

    An insurer for bankrupt housewares retailer Bed Bath & Beyond will cover up to $10 million in legal costs incurred by company executives who were subpoenaed or named as defendants in litigation connected to the store, a New Jersey bankruptcy court said.

  • February 14, 2024

    Progressive Unit Seeks Win Against Uber, Widower Of Driver

    A Progressive unit asked a North Carolina federal court Wednesday to grant it a win in its attempt to get out of providing coverage for an UberEats driver who was killed in a car crash, asserting that its policy for Uber doesn't cover injuries caused by uninsured or underinsured motorists.

  • February 14, 2024

    Miami Law Firm Not Covered In Overbilling Row, Judge Says

    An insurer does not have to defend a Miami law firm in a lawsuit accusing it of overbilling a client, a Florida federal judge has ruled, finding that the underlying allegations do not constitute professional services as defined by the firm's policy.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurers Must Pay Pharma Co. Defense Costs In SEC Probe

    A drug development company formed by a merger is entitled to insurance payments for expenses it paid two of its former officers in connection with federal subpoenas because the insurer failed to show that an exclusion applied, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • February 13, 2024

    CEO Needn't Consent To CFO's Settlement, NY Court Says

    A sporting goods company's former CEO does not get a say in the former CFO's $2.8 million settlement with a liquidating trust just because they're both insured under the same directors and officers policy, a New York federal judge ruled, calling the ex-CEO's interpretation of the policy "unreasonable and illogical."

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurer Wants Security Cos. To Repay Assault Defense

    An insurer said it does not owe coverage to two security service companies facing several lawsuits filed by grocery store customers who claim they were battered by security guards, telling a California federal court that the companies owe it reimbursement because their policies don't cover bodily injuries.

  • February 13, 2024

    OpenText Wants Out Of Class Action Coverage Suit

    OpenText told a Michigan federal court it should be dismissed from an insurer's suit seeking to avoid coverage of a class action from former Covisint shareholders alleging an unfair merger, saying it's not involved in the underlying case and its only alleged connection is that it acquired outstanding Covisint stock.

  • February 13, 2024

    Life Insurer Failed To Secure Data From Hack, Class Says

    A life insurance provider and its parent company failed to protect sensitive customer information from a data breach, a proposed class action told an Indiana federal court, saying the parent company was hacked via a SIM swapping scheme targeting a senior employee.

  • February 12, 2024

    Insurer Says No Coverage For Idaho Murderer And Family

    A mentally ill suspected cannibal and his wealthy mining family do not have insurance coverage for a wrongful death suit brought on behalf of a murdered, mutilated groundskeeper and his family, the insurer told an Idaho federal court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Consulting Firm Says Ex-Partner Stole Captive Insurance Biz

    A consulting firm that assists in establishing captive insurance companies told a Colorado federal court that its former business partner breached its contract by working behind the firm's back to snag its clients and sabotage its business relationships, depriving the firm of both business opportunities and potential commission.

  • February 12, 2024

    Panel Slams Life Insurer's 'Extreme' View Of Child Benefits

    A California appeals court panel challenged a life insurer's "extreme" view that its policy was limited to biological children and excluded coverage for the murdered child of the policyholder's fiancée, reinstating several of the parent's claims that were dismissed by a lower court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Three-State Test Critical To Evaluating Carrier Climate Risk

    An analysis finding that insurers' investment portfolios are at risk of losing billions of dollars under delayed climate-transition plans is an important step to fully understanding how well carriers' business activities are aligned with climate goals, experts say.

  • February 12, 2024

    Geico Says Medical Fraudsters Nabbed $1.1M In Auto Benefits

    Several unlicensed individuals submitted hundreds of fraudulent charges for services provided to Geico-insured car accident victims, the insurer has alleged in New York federal court, claiming it lost more than $1.1 million in the no-fault insurance fraud scheme.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Affirms Starr Can't Sue To Defend Coverage Denial

    The Second Circuit on Friday refused to revive Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s suit, which a district court had concluded the insurer used to defend its decision to deny a clothing company coverage for stolen and water-damaged goods.

  • February 09, 2024

    4th Circ. Atty Fraud Ruling Limits Criminal Defense Coverage

    The Fourth Circuit pushed criminal matters to the outer margins of professional liability insurance as it finalized its decision affirming a Maryland attorney is not entitled to coverage of defense costs from charges that he defrauded financial institutions.

  • February 09, 2024

    New York Teacher Pays $75K For Mock Slave Auction Harm

    A northern New York teacher will pay $75,000 for holding a mock slave auction of Black students in her classroom, settling a federal suit over a lesson a 10-year-old student's mother said emotionally damaged her son.

  • February 09, 2024

    Adviser Asks 4th Circ. To Rethink Defamation Coverage Denial

    An investment adviser asked the Fourth Circuit to rethink its decision affirming a lower court’s ruling that she was not entitled to coverage under her firm's professional liability insurance policy, saying that the opinion "defies any logic" and contradicts settled South Carolina law.

  • February 09, 2024

    Liberty Mutual Bailed On Wire Fraud Coverage, Agency Says

    Liberty Mutual wrongly denied crime coverage to an insurance agency after it lost more than $228,000 because of wire fraud, the agency alleged in a suit filed in Virgin Islands federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    Texas Adjuster No Longer To Pretend To Be Lloyd's Of London

    An insurance adjuster who hijacked the good name of British underwriting giant Lloyd's of London after blaming it for lost compensation agreed in Texas federal court to shut down businesses he opened in its name.

  • February 08, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Hiscox's Win In Design Co. CEO Fraud Row

    Hiscox Insurance Co. does not have to cover a design and marketing company's $850,000 arbitration award to a former CEO over alleged fraud, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday, finding that the arbitrator's decision qualified as a final adjudication that triggered a fraud exclusion in its policy.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Rejects $60M Liposuction Death Coverage Plea

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed on Thursday a district court's decision rejecting a man's request to recover a $60 million judgment from a medical practice's insurer for a liposuction-related death, finding that the practice's coverage was already diminished to the point of exhaustion.

  • February 08, 2024

    Insurance Orgs. Say Bill Would Prevent CFPB Overreach

    Bipartisan legislation seeking to clarify the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has drawn support from insurance regulators and industry trade groups who say the bureau has encroached upon state-based insurance regulation despite clear statutory limitations.

  • February 08, 2024

    Broker Hit With Suit Over Data Breach Affecting 1.5 Million

    A California insurance broker is facing a proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court accusing the company of failing to keep the health and personal information of more than 1.5 million customers safe from exposure in an August cyberattack.

Expert Analysis

  • Practical Tips For Managing Bank D&O Liability Risk

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    With the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank potentially inspiring regulators to increase scrutiny of management at similar institutions, banking directors and officers should mitigate personal liability risks through keen attention to sound banking practices and regulators' announced priorities, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Establishing A Record Of Good Faith In Mediation

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    Viacom v. U.S. Specialty Insurance, and other recent cases, highlight the developing criteria for determining good faith participation in mediation, as well as several practical tips to establish such a record, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Using ChatGPT To Handle Insurance Claims Is A Risky Move

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    ChatGPT gets some insurance law questions surprisingly wrong, and while it handles broader coverage concepts significantly better, using it to assist with coverage questions will likely lead to erroneous results and could leave insurers liable for bad faith, says Randy Maniloff at White and Williams.

  • Del. Ruling Could Affect D&O Claims Beyond SPACs

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    A Delaware state court recently held in Clover Health v. Berkley Insurance that directors and officers of a post-merger entity were insured persons under a special-purpose acquisition company's D&O policy, a ruling that could have potential ramifications for future D&O claims in Delaware outside of SPAC deals, say Geoffrey Fehling and Janine Hanrahan at Hunton.

  • A Missing Issue In 'Blank Space' Insurance Ruling

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    As Norwegian Hull Club v. North Star heads to trial in Florida federal court, the most interesting part of the court opinion denying summary judgment is the argument it doesn't address — contra proferentem, which could have been used to resolve the case's blank space ambiguity in the policyholder's favor, say Jeffrey Mikoni and Scott Greenspan at Pillsbury.

  • High Court Ax Of Atty-Client Privilege Case Deepens Split

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent dismissal of In re: Grand Jury as improvidently granted maintains a three-way circuit split on the application of attorney-client privilege to multipurpose communications, although the justices have at least shown a desire to address it, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • The Wide Oversight Implications Of Del. McDonald's Ruling

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    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent ruling that a McDonald's officer had oversight obligations on par with directors has wide-reaching implications for Delaware corporate law, including precedent for the court to hear sexual harassment claims, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How Courts Are Clarifying D&O Policies' Bump-Up Provisions

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Komatsu Mining v. Columbia Casualty provides long-awaited appellate guidance on the inadequate consideration provision in directors and officers insurance — and the Fourth Circuit may provide more in its forthcoming ruling in Towers Watson v. National Union Fire Insurance, says Andrew Paliotta at Cozen O’Connor.

  • Crypto Coverage After FTX Fall: Crime And Custody Coverage

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    Cryptocurrency firm FTX's recent implosion provides a case study for potential crypto exposure under traditional insurance policies, and suggests carriers should ask some basic underwriting questions, including whether a company engages in transactions involving cryptocurrencies or holds digital assets in custody, says Anjali Das at Wilson Elser.

  • Wis. High Court Ruling May Open Door To Coverage Exception

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    The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dostal v. Strand finding that an insurer had to defend a civil action following the defendant's criminal conviction on the same facts nonetheless may suggest an exception to the complaint test for determining an insurance company's defense obligation, say David Hollander and Clementine Uwabera at Stafford Rosenbaum.

  • Crypto Coverage After FTX Fall: Accountant And Atty Liability

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    The recent fall of cryptocurrency firm FTX highlights complexities regarding accounting and tax reporting for digital assets, and reveals lawyers’ potential liability exposure when providing services to crypto firms — as a result, insurers may face unintended vulnerabilities related to this nebulous landscape, say Anjali Das and Farzana Ahmed at Wilson Elser.

  • Anticipating Tech Market Volatility With R&W Policies

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    Technology executives, investors and their advisers should understand how representations and warranties insurance works ahead of a potential rise in claims activity and as deal makers focus on maximizing existing deals' value amid economic uncertainty, says Eric Larson at Morris Manning.

  • Crypto Coverage After FTX Fall: D&O Liability

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    The fallout surrounding the recent implosion of cryptocurrency firm FTX highlights potential crypto coverage exposure — including in the area of directors and officers liability — for insurance carriers in the evolving and largely misunderstood world of digital assets, says Anjali Das at Wilson Elser.