Tag Archives: rescission

D&O Policy Rescission Upheld Despite Poorly Written Application Question and Arguably Correct Answer

Insurance policies are of course written documents, dependent upon standard conventions of grammar and usage in order to establish their meaning. A recent unpublished opinion from the Ninth Circuit wrestled with the grammar rules involved when an insurance application’s question and answer created a double negative. Even though a literal reading of the application question … 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

Legal Malpractice Insurance: Policy Rescission for Application Misrepresentation Applies Even to Innocent Insured

Under the applicable Illinois statute, an insurer may seek to rescind a policy if it was procured by an application misrepresentation if the misrepresentation was “made with the actual intent to deceive or materially affects either the acceptance of the risk or the hazard assumed by the company.” But even if rescission is otherwise warranted, … Continue Reading

FDIC’s Receivership Rights Don’t Bar Fidelity Bond Rescission

The FDIC in its status as receiver of a failed bank may not avoid rescission of a fidelity bond procured by material misrepresentation, notwithstanding the FDIC’s statutory receiver rights, according to a June 7, 2010 Second Circuit decision. This decision represents an important interpretation of the FDIC’s statutory rights as receiver, and could prove to … Continue Reading
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