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Guest Post: Courts Wrestle With Coverage for Cyber-Related Claims

As companies experienced cyber-related incidents, they have sought coverage for their losses under a variety of different kinds of insurance policies. As discussed in the following guest post, courts have struggled to address the coverage issues these claims present. The article’s author is Peter Selvin, a member of TroyGould PC, where he practices in the … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit: Attempted Notice of Potential Claim Insufficient to Provide Notice of Actual Claim

Claims made policies provide coverage for claims first made during the policy period, but only if the insurer is provided with timely notice of claim. Most claims made policies allow policyholders to provide insurers with a notice of circumstances that may give rise to a claim in the future, in order to make the date … Continue Reading

Crime Policy Doesn’t Cover Employee Credit Card Overcharge Losses

A recent coverage dispute involving a Nevada club’s losses resulting from its employees’ theft from the club’s customers’ credit cards raises interesting issues with implications for coverage questions for other kinds of losses for which policyholders are seeking crime policy coverage. In the recent Nevada club credit card fraud case, District of Nevada Judge Andrew … Continue Reading

Del. Supreme Court Holds Settlement Amounts Not Uninsurable Disgorgement

A coverage defense that insurers frequently raise is the assertion that the amount for which the insurance payment is sought represents uninsurable disgorgement. Beyond the more general question of whether or not disgorgements are or are not insurable is the more specific question of whether or not the amount for which coverage sought represents disgorgement. … Continue Reading

Second Circuit: Computer Fraud Coverage Section Covers Fraudulent Email Funds Transfer

In a much anticipated decision, on July 6, 2018 the Second Circuit, applying New York law, affirmed a district court ruling that the computer fraud provisions of a commercial crime coverage section covered the losses Medidata incurred when the company’s employees transferred funds in response to a spoofed email. The appellate court’s opinion could prove … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Another Court Applies New York’s “Sufficient Factual Nexus” Test to Related Claims

As I have frequently noted on this blog (for example, here), problems involving relatedness between claims present recurring coverage issues under D&O insurance policies. In the following guest post, Maurice Pesso and Greg M. Steinberg of the White and Williams LLP law firm take a look at a recent decision out of the Northern District … Continue Reading

Insurance for Fraudulent Misconduct Does Not Violate Delaware Public Policy

The insurance coverage litigation arising from the settlement of the shareholder claims filed in connection with the Dole Food Company’s November 2013 “going private” transaction continues to grind on. In the latest development in the coverage dispute, a Delaware Superior Court judge has entered a number of interesting rulings, deciding among other things that an … Continue Reading

Failure to Maintain Insurance Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Defense Costs Incurred in a Lapsed Life Insurance Dispute

In a recent insurance coverage lawsuit arising out of an underlying dispute over who was responsible for the lapse of a key man life insurance policy, a court determined that coverage for the attorneys’ fees a management consulting firm incurred in defending against the underlying claim was precluded by the failure to maintain insurance exclusion … Continue Reading

“Other Insurance” Issue is Not the Policyholder’s Problem

When two or more insurers’ policies potentially cover a single loss, “other insurance” questions can arise. Over the years, courts have developed a number of rules of the road to apply when multiple policies potentially cover the same loss. But these principles govern the obligations and responsibilities between the insurers, and not between the insurers, … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Fee Exclusion Precludes Coverage with No Allowance for Defense Costs

In prior posts (most recently here) I have reviewed cases in which courts considered the question of insurance coverage for a bank’s obligation to repay allegedly improper overdraft fees.  The following guest post discusses a recent overdraft fee coverage case from the Seventh Circuit. BancorpSouth v. Federal Insurance Co. (the opinion can be found here). … Continue Reading

On the Meaning of “War”

Many insurance policies contain a war exclusion precluding coverage for loss caused by war. But in world where violent conflicts involve a wide variety of different groups and parties, what exactly constitutes “war”? In a recent coverage dispute presenting this issue, a federal judge concluded that the 2014 armed conflict between Israel and Hamas disrupted … Continue Reading

Late Notice Defense Rejected Where Insurer’s Response Undercuts Prejudice Claim

A recurring professional liability insurance coverage issue is whether or not the notice prejudice rule applies to claims made policies. In a recent decision, District of Colorado Judge Richard P. Matsch, applying Colorado law, held that the notice prejudice rule did apply to claims made professional liability insurance policy with an “as soon as practicable” … Continue Reading

Late Notice and Claims Made Date Issues

A recurring circumstance fraught with peril for policyholders is one in which the policyholder receives a demand letter in one policy period and then receives a related lawsuit in a subsequent policy period. The fact that these events straddle two policy periods creates potential for possible coverage preclusive issues having to do with Notice of … Continue Reading

Fidelity Bond Rescission Denied Where Application Signatory Was Embezzling Credit Union’s Funds

Material misrepresentations in an insurance application can serve as the basis for rescission of the resulting policy. A recent federal district court decision examined the question of whether or not an insurer could rescind a fidelity bond on the grounds that the credit union manager who signed the credit union’s insurance application failed to disclose … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Recent Trends in Interpreting Cyber and Commercial Crime Insurance

In the following guest post, David Bergenfeld, a Senior Associate in D’Amato & Lynch’s Fidelity Bond Practice Group, takes a look at the key judicial decisions during the third quarter of 2016 interpreting cyber and commercial crime insurance policies. I would like to thank David for allowing me to publish his article. I welcome guest … Continue Reading
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