Specialty Lines

  • February 22, 2024

    9th Circ. Urged To Rethink Hiscox Win Due To Hidden Ruling

    A design and marketing company urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to review its decision that an insurer didn't have to cover an $850,000 arbitration award to a former CEO over alleged fraud, arguing that the insurer hid the underlying action's judgment that rejected the proposed fraud language.

  • February 22, 2024

    Lumber Co., Insurer To Settle $4.9M Coverage Dispute

    A subcontractor and its professional liability insurer have reached a settlement in principle on about $5 million in underlying claims over moldy, defective wooden framework the subcontractor supplied to a senior living project, the parties told a Florida federal court.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Judges Question Lehman's Bid To Undo CDS Trial Loss

    A panel of New York appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared reluctant to undo a bench trial loss Lehman Bros.' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to clawback nearly half a billion dollars from Assured Guaranty over alleged losses on credit default swaps tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • February 21, 2024

    Justices Told NRA Speech Claim Would Thwart Regulation

    The ex-head of New York's financial regulator has told the U.S. Supreme Court her statements advising companies to consider their relationships with the National Rifle Association following the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, didn't violate the First Amendment, rejecting the NRA's position that the statements were a "veiled threat."

  • February 21, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Sotheby's Insured For Fla. Agent Theft Row

    An Eleventh Circuit panel affirmed Wednesday that an insurer must defend One Sotheby's International Realty against allegations that its agent bamboozled married Russian investors into selling their Miami Beach-area condo at below market value, eventually stealing $3.7 million in sale proceeds.

  • February 21, 2024

    Justices Back Choice-Of-Law In Marine Insurance Suit

    An insurer can enforce choice-of-law provisions in a marine insurance policy it issued to the owner of a yacht that ran aground, the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday in a decision upholding long-standing maritime law principles of uniformity and certainty.

  • February 20, 2024

    Insurer Must Pay Defense Costs In Newspaper Shooting Row

    An insurer owed coverage to the parent companies of a Maryland newspaper for the legal fees resulting from two underlying lawsuits brought by the victims and their families after a 2018 mass shooting, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    Casinos Say 'Unique' Policy Should Cover $130M COVID Loss

    A casino operator with properties on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond told a Nevada federal court that its "unique" all-risk insurance is the broadest available coverage and should pay for $130 million in business interruption losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 20, 2024

    Pharma Co. Can Get D&O Coverage For Securities Suit

    A pharmaceutical company that developed a drug for rare genetic blood disorders is covered under a recent directors and officers policy for a securities class action, a Delaware state court ruled, rejecting its insurers' contention that the action was related to an SEC subpoena and thus fell under an older policy. 

  • February 16, 2024

    Insurer Seeks To Cancel $15M Policy Over 'Human Life Wager'

    A life insurance company has urged a New Jersey federal court to void a $15 million policy it calls an illegal "human life wager" on a man whose death benefits a bank, rather than his own family.

  • February 16, 2024

    Therapy Co.'s Policy Lie Bars Fraud Coverage, 4th Circ. Says

    A defunct child therapy practice is not entitled to coverage for suits accusing one of the practice's employees of pretending to be licensed, the Fourth Circuit affirmed in a published opinion Friday, saying a material misrepresentation in the clinic's insurance applications warrants rescission of the policy.

  • February 15, 2024

    Damaged Champagne Cargo Row Can Proceed, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge preserved the majority of a $930,000 coverage dispute over a damaged champagne shipment Thursday, denying a logistics company's bid for dismissal while giving an insurer the opportunity to put forth an alternate pleading.

  • February 15, 2024

    Club, Insurer Resolve Fiduciary Breach Coverage Row

    A country club owner, various club board members and Selective Insurance Co. agreed to dismiss their dispute Thursday in Massachusetts federal court over coverage for breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims that club investors lodged in arbitration, resolving the coverage case after reaching a settlement in January.

  • February 15, 2024

    Software Company Seeks $10M Policy Limit For Bad Deal

    A software company told a California federal court that its insurer breached its contract by failing to cover $10 million in damages suffered because of misrepresentations made by a property and casualty insurance software company it bought.

  • February 15, 2024

    Oil Trader Says Cargo Storage Expenses Are Covered

    An oil and gas trader slammed Liberty Mutual's attempt at an early win in a $2.4 million coverage dispute over losses related to a contaminated oil shipment, telling a New York federal court Thursday it is entitled to recover both barge storage expenses and attorney fees.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Why I'll Miss Arguing Before Justice Breyer

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    Carter Phillips at Sidley shares some of his fondest memories of retiring Justice Stephen Breyer both inside and out of the courtroom, and explains why he thinks the justice’s multipronged questions during U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments were everything an advocate could ask for.

  • Examining Event Cancellation Coverage As COVID Lingers

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    Recent pandemic-related postponements from the NBA, NFL and Grammys, coupled with COVID-19 being excluded from new event cancellation policies, highlight the need for event organizers to explore cancellation risks and how specialty coverage can serve as a tool for mitigation, say Jorge Aviles and Andrea DeField at Hunton.

  • What Cos. Should Know About D&O Policy Landscape In 2022

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    Directors and officers liability insurance issues are likely to evolve this year against the backdrop of a new COVID-19 variant, rising inflation and other developments, particularly with regard to antitrust-related enforcement, special purpose acquisition companies, pandemic-related liability and cybersecurity, says Christina Lincoln at Robins Kaplan.

  • Securing Coverage For Investors' Political Risk Claims In 2022

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    While recent world events highlight the need for foreign investors to protect themselves from losses related to political instability, businesses should be aware of the ways political risk insurers may seek to deny or delay payment of claims, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • How NJ Bad Faith Auto Insurance Bill Compares To Pa.'s

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    The recently enacted New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act, is in some ways narrower and in other ways broader than Pennsylvania's notoriously strict bad faith statute and leaves open many fundamental questions, which took Pennsylvania decades of litigation to resolve, say Kristin Jones and Brian Callaway at Troutman Pepper.

  • Reach Of Ohio Ransomware Ruling Limited To Policy At Hand

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    While an Ohio appellate court's recent decision allowing the insured's ransomware attack claim to proceed in EMOI Services v. Owners Insurance may seem significant for insurance jurisprudence, it should not have implications beyond policies specifically insuring damage to software, says Jane Warring at Zelle.

  • D&O Insurance Lessons From The Rise And Fall Of Theranos

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    After the fall of Theranos and the recent criminal conviction of founder Elizabeth Holmes, startups seeking to protect their directors and officers from exposure to personal liability should consider how eye-popping company valuations and other changes to the startup landscape will affect their D&O policies, say Lilit Asadourian and Kathryn Bayes at Reed Smith.

  • Flawed NY Insurance Law Needs Amendments

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    The New York Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act, recently signed by the governor, imposes a multitude of problematic disclosure obligations on defendant-insureds, which the Legislature should — and likely will — seriously consider modifying or eliminating, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Beyond Insurance: Mitigating Cyber Risk In 2022

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    As insurers move to higher premiums and less coverage for cyberattacks, companies should consider restructuring their risk mitigation strategies for the upcoming year to lessen their reliance on insurance support for data security issues, say professionals at StoneTurn.

  • Justices May Hesitate To Review Calif. Fraud Coverage Case

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    In Adir International v. Starr Indemnity, the policyholders are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review their challenge of a California law prohibiting insurers from defending insureds in certain consumer protection claims, but the court may not be ready to decide the issue at this time, says Greg Mann at Rivkin Radler.

  • NY Case Shows Insurance Possibility For SEC Disgorgements

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    Directors and officers insurers almost invariably deny coverage for payments described as disgorgements in settlement agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but the recent decision of New York's highest court in J.P. Morgan v. Vigilant demonstrates how policyholders can negotiate an insurable settlement with the SEC, say Stephen Weisbrod and Tamra Ferguson at Weisbrod Matteis.

  • JP Morgan Ruling May Have Broad Insurance Implications

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    The New York Court of Appeals' recent decision in J.P. Morgan Securities v. Vigilant Insurance — that settlement funds paid to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission did not constitute a penalty for insurance purposes — could have far-reaching application in other types of insurance litigation where plaintiffs could be characterized as seeking equitable relief, say Robert Shulman and Cristen Rose at Paley Rothman.

  • Insurance Tips For Mitigating DOJ Cyber Initiative Risks

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    For companies and executives involved in False Claims Act actions alleging cybersecurity failures like those envisioned by the U.S. Department of Justice's new cyber fraud initiative, certain insurance policies could help defray the substantial costs of defense and even settlement liability, say attorneys at Hunton.