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Insurer Report Predicts Increasing Global Risk, Up to $53 Billion in Losses, Following Major Cyber Event

As discussed in prior posts, recent cyber events, such as the “Wanna Cry” ransomware attack, serve as important reminders to policyholders that cyber insurance should remain a priority for any business facing potential exposure from a cyber event. A recent report further underscores the potential impact of a major global cyber event, estimating that the … Continue Reading

Ensuring Equity In Private Equity Insurance Coverage: Hunton Attorneys Address Top 5 Coverage Issues For Private Equity Investors

Private equity investors face unique challenges when procuring or renewing their liability insurance programs. For example, investors typically must complete lengthy applications or sign warranty and representation letters from their prospective insurers that inquire into knowledge by any potential insured as to any acts or omissions that could potentially give rise to a claim. These … Continue Reading

Hunton’s Insurance Coverage Team Talks About New Recall-Related Insurance Cases

Attorneys Syed Ahmad and Jennifer White contributed to the Hunton Retail Law Resource’s “Recall Roundup” for the month of March with a discussion a new cases in the world of recall-related insurance coverage litigation, including a new case filed by a policyholder against its insurance broker alleging that the broker was liable for misrepresentations in … Continue Reading

Hunton Attorney Syed Ahmad Discusses Critical Cyber Coverage Selection Issues in Mealey’s

While there’s no simple formula for determining what, and how much, cyber liability insurance is necessary for a given company, a few simple inquiries can make a big difference.  My colleague Syed Ahmad, along with Eileen Garczynski (senior vice president and partner at insurance brokerage Ames & Gough), recently published an article for Mealey’s Data … Continue Reading

When Late Notice – But Not Exclusions – Defeats Coverage

A federal district court judge in Connecticut recently agreed that an insurer did not owe coverage under a “claims-made” D&O liability insurance policy where the policyholder failed to give timely notice of a suit arising from a loan default.  Although the ruling killed the claim, the decision also offered guidance on two critical – and … Continue Reading

Digital Due Diligence: Hunton Attorneys Discuss Four Critical Questions To Ask When Evaluating Cyber Insurance Coverage

Cyber and crime insurance policies have been heavily recommended to address the growing prevalence and types of cyber risks. My colleagues Walter Andrews and Jennifer White recently authored an article appearing in Risk Management discussing how the purchase of cyber and crime insurance policies alone is not enough to successfully manage these risks. These policies … Continue Reading

Insurance Coverage for Frozen Food Recall Tops Off Hunton’s “Recall Roundup” for February

Attorneys Syed Ahmad and Jennifer White contributed to the Hunton Retail Law Resource’s “Recall Roundup” for the month of February with a discussion of Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company’s suit against CRF Frozen Foods, LLC.  Starr seeks to rescind the a product contamination policy based on allegations that, during the insurance application process, CRF failed to … Continue Reading

Gaps, Gaps Galore: Avoid Being Locked Out Of Your Room, Your Records And What You Think Is Covered By Your Insurance

Reports of recent cyberattacks continue the discussion we started with yesterday’s blog post about common hurdles to coverage.  The hurdle for today’s discussion?  Ransomware. Ransomware attacks are on the rise.  Security services company SonicWall reported that ransomware attacks increased by a factor of 167, from 3.8 million in 2015 to 638 million in 2016.  Similarly, … Continue Reading

Failure To Encrypt Costs Hospital $3.2M, And May Threaten Cyber Coverage

As discussed Friday on the Hunton Privacy and Information Security Blog, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has imposed a non-appealable $3.2 million fine on Children’s Medical Center of Dallas due to breaches of HIPPA-protected information.  The breaches allegedly occurred in 2009 (when an employee lost an unencrypted Blackberry containing electronic protected health … Continue Reading

Hunton Attorney Jennifer E. White Comments On Big Implications Of Long-Tail Claim Decision

On January 27, my colleague, Jennifer White, was quoted in Business Insurance concerning the recent decision in E.M. Sergeant Pulp & Chemical Company, Inc. v. The Travelers Indemnity Company, which she and attorney Brittany Davidson discussed last week on Hunton’s Insurance Recovery Blog.  In that case, a federal district court allowed a chemical company to … Continue Reading

“Scanty” Evidence, Big Implications For Court’s Denial Of Insurer’s Summary Judgment Motion

Last Thursday, a federal district judge in New Jersey denied, in part, Travelers Indemnity Company’s (Travelers) motion for summary judgment on claims for indemnity costs because the plaintiff, E.M. Sergeant Pulp & Chemical Company (EMS), provided sufficient evidence to raise triable questions of fact. Although the evidence was just “barely sufficient” to keep the case … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Pours Salt In The Wound, Holds Heinz Policy Void Due To Application Misrepresentations

Last February, a Pennsylvania federal court ordered rescission of an accidental contamination and government recall insurance policy issued to the H.J. Heinz Company after Heinz sought $25 million from its insurer for its business interruption losses sustained due to lead in its baby cereal. The district court based the rescission on findings that Heinz materially … Continue Reading

When Barristers Get Breached: Hunton Attorneys Discuss Insurance Coverage For Cyber-Related Risks Facing Law Firms

Law firms have become a popular target for cyberattacks. My colleagues Sergio Oehninger and Patrick McDermott recently authored an article in the ABA’s TYL magazine regarding insurance coverage for law firms for cyber-related risks. The full article is available here. In the article, Oehninger and McDermott identify the potential coverage issues firms may face under … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Practice Head Walter Andrews Weighs In On Cases To Watch in 2017

Law360 sought the perspective of Walter Andrews, head of Hunton & Williams LLP’s insurance coverage practice, when collecting its list of cases to watch in 2017. Andrews identified a case pending with the Texas Supreme Court – USAA Texas Lloyds Co. v. Menchaca, which we reported on in October.  As Andrews explained to Law360, “If … Continue Reading

Covered Loss + Uncovered Loss = Coverage: Florida Supreme Court Applies Concurrent Cause Doctrine To Find Coverage For Hurricane Losses

On December 1, 2016, the Florida Supreme Court held that the concurrent cause doctrine applies where multiple perils combined to create a loss even where one of those perils is excluded by the terms of the all-risk property insurance policy. The decision is a significant victory for Florida policyholders, especially where other jurisdictions have struggled … Continue Reading

Hunton & Williams LLP Attorney Michael Levine Comments On Recent Cyber Coverage Decision And Why Cyber Insurance Reviews Are Needed To Identify Gaps In Coverage

On October 27, 2016, my colleague, Michael S. Levine, was quoted in Business Insurance concerning the recent decision in Camp’s Grocery Inc. v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., which he and I discussed on October 26, 2016 on the Hunton & Williams LLP Insurance Recovery Blog.  In Camp’s, the court refused to find coverage … Continue Reading

Gaps in Grocer’s Insurance Program Jeopardize Coverage for Cyber Breach

As reported in the Hunton Retail Law Resource blog, a federal judge in Alabama ruled Tuesday that a grocer could not rely on its legacy business insurance policies – including an “electronic data” coverage extension – to protect against third-party claims after customer data was compromised by a point-of-sale cyberattack. The decision in Camp’s Grocery, … Continue Reading
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