Informal Investigations

coloradoAmong the most frequently recurring D&O insurance coverage issues is the question of the carrier’s obligation to pay for costs incurred in connection with an informal SEC investigation. Indeed over the years, numerous policy revisions have been adopted in various forms by various carriers to address certain aspects of this issue. Yet the issues continue to arise, as shown most recently in District of Colorado Judge Robert E. Blackburn’s August 4, 2016 opinion (here), in which he held that the D&O policy at issue did not provide coverage for the insured company’s expenses incurred in responding to an informal SEC investigation. The opinion raises a number of issues, as discussed below.
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One of the highest profile D&O insurance coverage decisions last year was the district court’s October 2010 opinion  holding that Office Depot’s D&O insurance policy does not cover defense expenses the company incurred in responding to an informal SEC investigation. The company’s appeal of the district court’s decision has been closely watched. On October 13

Among the most frequently recurring and arguably most vexatious D&O insurance coverage issues are the questions of the carrier’s obligation under the policy for defense expenses incurred either in connection with an informal SEC investigation or an internal investigation.

In an October 15, 2010 summary judgment ruling in insurance coverage litigation involving Office Depot