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D&O Insurance: A “Final” Analysis

One of the standard features of D&O insurance policy is the fraud exclusion, which these days typically provides that the exclusion is triggered only after a “final” judicial determination that the precluded conduct has occurred. But what is it that makes a determination “final”?   On June 23, 2015, in a decision that has a … Continue Reading

N.Y. Intermediate App. Ct. Allows D&O Insurers to Assert Public Policy Defense in Long-Running Bear Stearns Coverage Action

In the latest round in the long-running battle over whether there is D&O insurance coverage for the amounts Bear Stearns paid in settlement of an SEC enforcement action for alleged market timing, the D&O insurers may have finally found an issue on which they may be allowed to try to dispute coverage. Even though, in … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Guilty Pleas Trigger Coverage Exclusions, Entitle Insurer to Recoupment

In a detailed April 23, 2014 opinion (here), Eastern District of Virginia Judge Liam O’Grady, applying Virginia law, held that the guilty pleas of executives of Protection Strategies, Inc. triggered four separate exclusions in the D&O coverage section of PSI’s management liability policy and that the management liability insurer was entitled to recoup the defense fees … Continue Reading

The SEC’s New Policy Requiring Admissions of Wrongdoing: What Are the Implications?

On August 19, 2013, in connection with its entry into a settlement with New York-based hedge fund adviser Phillip Falcone and his advisory firm Harbinger Capital Partners, the SEC for the first time implemented its new policy requiring defendants seeking to settle civil enforcement actions to provide admissions of wrongdoing, in contrast to the long-standing … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Fourth Circuit Affirms That Convicted Exec Must Repay Insurer for Defense Expenses

Lee Farkas, the criminally convicted former Chairman and majority shareholder of  the defunct Taylor Bean and Whitaker Mortgage Corporation, must repay the nearly $1 million in defense fees the company’s D&O insurer had advanced on his behalf, according to an April 11, 2013 Fourth Circuit opinion. The terse three-page appellate opinion adopts the ruling of the … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: When Can Individuals’ Fraudulent Misconduct be Imputed to the Insured Entity?

The typical D&O insurance policy precludes coverage for loss arising from fraudulent misconduct. But when an insured has been convicted of fraud, whose coverage is precluded? In the second case in recent days to address the consequences for the insured entity of the criminal conviction of one of the entity’s principals, Judge James L. Graham … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Coverage for SafeNet Options Backdating Securities Suit Settlement Denied

The options backdating scandal may now be ancient history, but questions surrounding insurance coverage for the scandal’s consequences apparently continue to live on. In a September 9, 2011 opinion applying Maryland law, Southern District of New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled in a coverage action brought by SafeNet’s excess D&O insurer that, among many … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Does “Fraudulent” Mean “Fraudulent”?

If a verdict form contains the jury’s specific finding that the insured engaged in “fraudulent, malicious, oppressive, wanton, willful, or reckless conduct,” you might think that would trigger the exclusion for fraudulent misconduct in the applicable D&O insurance policy. But apparently not, at least according to a May 12, 2011 Southern District of West Virginia ruling … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: The Adjudicated Fraud Exclusion

In a June 25, 2008 decision (here), the Delaware Superior Court (New Castle County) refused to apply a D&O policy adjudicated fraud exclusion to preclude coverage for the settlement, defense fees and costs incurred in connection with an underlying securities lawsuit.   The coverage action arose out of the AT&T Corporation Securities Litigation, the background … Continue Reading
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