The D&O Diary

The D&O Diary

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Tag Archives: insurance coverage litigation

D&O Insurance: Delaware Supreme Court Rules WaMu Liquidating Trust Coverage Suit Not Yet Ripe

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In a May 28, 2014 opinion (here), the Delaware Supreme Court held that an action by the bankrupt Washington Mutual bank holding company’s liquidating trust seeking a judicial declaration of coverage under the bank’s D&O insurance program for claims asserted by the trust against the failed bank’s directors and officers must be dismissed on ripeness … Continue Reading

D&O Policy’s Professional Services Exclusion Does Not Preclude Law Firm’s Coverage for False Advertising Claim

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Well-advised professional services firms will carry both errors and omissions insurance and management liability insurance. A recurring problem under management liability insurance policies for all types of professional services firms relates to the very broad professional services exclusions often found in these polices. These exclusions preclude coverage for claims relating to the professional services firm’s delivery of … Continue Reading

More About D&O Insurance Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs

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As I have previously noted on this blog, a recurring insurance coverage issue is whether or not the costs incurred in responding to a regulatory or enforcement subpoena represent covered defense under a D&O insurance policy. In an interesting March 27, 2014 memo entitled “D&O Coverage for Subpoena Response Costs: An Emerging Consensus?” (here), Benjamin … Continue Reading

More About Stories We’re Following

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IndyMac Coverage Suit Settled, But Oral Argument Will Stay on the Calendar?: As I noted in a recent post (here, second item), the parties in the IndyMac D&O insurance coverage action – that is, the dispute to determine whether or not only a single $80 million tower of insurance applies to the various D&O claims … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Settlement of Antitrust Claim for Underpaid Wages Not Excluded “Disgorgement”

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A settlement of an antitrust lawsuit alleging that a group of hospitals conspired to underpay their nurses did not represent excluded “disgorgement” and therefore was not excluded from coverage under William Beaumont Hospital’s management liability insurance policy, according to a January 16, 2014 Sixth Circuit decision. The opinion will likely be of particular interest to … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Professional Services Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Claims Arising From Broker-Dealer’s Offering Underwriter Activities

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On November 21, 2013, in a terse, two-page summary order (here), the Second Circuit affirmed a district court ruling applying New York law and holding that a D&O insurance policy’s professional services exclusion precludes coverage for claims brought against  broker-dealer David Lerner Associates, based on the firm’s offering underwriter and financial products sales activities. The … Continue Reading

Bankers’ Professional Liability Insurance Does Not Cover Overdraft Fee Class Action Settlement

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A recurring question under the management liability insurance protection that banks typically acquire is the extent of the protection afforded under their policies’ professional liability provisions. One particular question that often arises is whether the policy affords coverage for customers’ excessive overdraft fees claims.. An August 7, 2013 decision by Northern District of Georgia Judge … Continue Reading

When the D&O Insurer Denies Coverage

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A D&O insurer’s denial of coverage for a claim against corporate officials can leave the individuals in a very difficult position, as illustrated by a recent high-profile case in the U.K. According to an August 4, 2013 Financial Times article entitled “Call to Reform Directors’ Insurance as iSoft Four Left With Bill” (here), four former directors … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: No Coverage for Attorney Fee Award to Underlying Plaintiffs if Underlying Claim Not Covered

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Does a D&O insurance policy provide coverage for attorneys’ fees awarded in settlement of a breach of contract class action? That was the question before the court in an insurance coverage action brought by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) against its D&O insurer. In a July 11, 2013 decision, Central District of California Judge Dolly … Continue Reading

Guest Post: J.P. Morgan Decision Curtails the Phantom “Restitution Defense” to D&O Coverage

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As I discussed in a recent post (here), in a June 11, 2013 opinion, the New York Court of Appeals held that J.P Morgan (which had acquired Bear Stearns) is not barred from seeking insurance coverage for a $160 million portion of an SEC enforcement action settlement labeled as “disgorgement,” where Bear Stearns’ customers rather … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Untimely Notice Precludes Coverage

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In a May 16, 2013 decision (here), Eastern District of Missouri Magistrate Judge Terry Adelman, applying Missouri law, determined that the failure of an insured under a management liability insurance policy to provide timely notice of claim precluded coverage under the policy, even in the absence of a showing of prejudice to the insurer.   … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Notice to Claims Department Required to Satisfy Notice Requirements

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Disputes over notice of claim requirements usually involve questions about the timing or content of the notice. A recent notice dispute involving UnitedHealth Group raised neither questions of timing or content; rather, the dispute involved the question of “to whom” the notice must be sent. In an April 25, 2013 opinion (here), District of Minnesota Judge … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court: Insured’s Payment of Defense Expenses Does Not Trigger Excess Insurer’s Payment Obligations

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On September 7, 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court, applying California law, held that Intel’s excess insurer’s defense obligations were not triggered where Intel had settled with the underlying insurer for less than policy limits and had itself funded the defense fees above the settlement amount and below the underlying insurer’s policy limit. A copy of … Continue Reading

Fidelity Insurance and the Timing of the Employer’s Responsibility for an Employee Defalcation

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On August 1, 2011, in a 2-1 decision characterized by a testy but interesting exchange between the majority and the dissent, the Sixth Circuit held that a fidelity policy provided coverage for nearly one million dollars a bank employee stole from client brokerage accounts. For those who (like me) are not regularly involved in fidelity … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: Subsequent IndyMac Bank Claims Interrelated with Prior Suit, Precluding Coverage for Later Claims under Second Insurance Program

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One of the perennial D&O insurance coverage questions is whether or not subsequent claims are “interrelated” with a prior claim and therefore deemed first made at the time of the prior claim. This question can be particularly critical when the subsequent claims arose during a successor policy period; the answer to the “interrelatedness” question can … Continue Reading

D&O Insurance: A Hornets’ Nest of Defense Cost Coverage Issues

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Among the most contentious D&O claims issues are questions surrounding defense cost coverage, including in particular questions such as the allowable billable rates or the involvement of multiple firms.  In a detailed November 8, 2011 opinion, Eastern District of California Judge Lawrence O’Neill, applying California law, addressed the hornets’ nest of problems involved when these … Continue Reading

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

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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