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Hunton Insurance Partner Syed Ahmad Speaks to Judicial Trends Favoring Policyholders

Hunton & Williams insurance partner Syed Ahmad was recently quoted in Law360 regarding a recent trend in judicial decisions favoring policyholders. Ahmad addresses an apparent trend by courts to refuse to allow technical violations to void coverage under complex insurance policies. A link to the Law360 article containing Ahmad’s comments can be found at 5 … Continue Reading

Product Recalls: Keeping Your Insurance Coverage Intact

Product recalls are on the rise in many industries. As regulatory and consumer protection standards are getting tougher, product supply chains are becoming more complex. This increases the risk of errors, defects and contamination at all levels of operation. Too often, these problems do not manifest themselves until after a product hits the market. All … 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

Keeping Your Business Afloat After the Flood

Last week, nearly 200,000 people were evacuated from areas downstream of the Oroville Dam in Northern California. Today, separate recommended and mandatory evacuation orders continue for roughly 50,000 San Jose residents due to rising flood waters along Coyote Creek. Between the Oroville Dam crisis and the torrential storms battering Northern California, California businesses face significant … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Team Scores Win On Novel Issue Concerning SIR’s In Florida

On February 3, 2017, members of Hunton & Williams’ insurance group, led by Insurance Practice Head Walter Andrews, and firm associate Anna Lazarus, achieved a significant victory in the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, in Hillsborough County v. Star Insurance Co.  The 11th Circuit’s published opinion, available here, addressed an issue of first impression … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Partner, Syed Ahmad, Comments On D&O Trends For 2017

Hunton & Williams insurance partner, Syed Ahmad, tells Law360 about trends in D&O liability insurance that are likely to grab headlines in 2017, including the impact of privacy and cyber breaches on corporate executives and the continued fallout from 2015’s “Yates Memo,” emphasizing an increase in government prosecution of individual corporate wrongdoers and incentivizing companies … Continue Reading

Insurance Practice Head Discusses Cyber Insurance For The Real Estate Industry

Hunton & Williams Insurance practice head, Walter Andrews, provides a brief, 5-minute overview, of why members of the real estate industry should be thinking about and obtaining appropriate cyber insurance protection for their real estate operations.  Mr. Andrews explains why cyber insurance is different from other insurance products and requires a careful examination of the … 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

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 counseling and litigation 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 … Continue Reading

Two Recent Decisions Underscore The Critical Impact Of Suit Limitation Provisions

Two decisions issued on December 21, 2016, drive home the critical significance that policy-based “suit limitations” provisions can have on an insurance claim. In both instances, federal courts rejected policyholders’ attempts to obtain coverage for plainly covered losses simply because they failed to follow their policies and filed their lawsuits after the proscribed cutoff. These … Continue Reading

Possibility That Claim Sounds In Negligence Is Enough To Circumvent Liability Policy’s “Contract” Exclusion

On December 6, 2016, a Connecticut appellate court held that a contract exclusion in a public entity errors and omissions liability insurance policy did not relieve the insurer’s duty to defend when there was at least a possibility of coverage based on the allegations against the insured. The court reasoned that the fact finder could … Continue Reading

Policy Endorsement Trumps Exclusion But Also Renders Policies Excess To Other Available Coverage

On November 2, 2016, a federal judge in California ruled that a Real Estate Property Managed endorsement in policies issued to a real estate manager negated a standard policy exclusion, but also rendered the policies excess to other available insurance. The case involved a dispute over coverage for a bodily injury claim involving “Pigeon Breeders … Continue Reading

Business Expense Reimbursement Not Limited by EPLI “Wage-and-Hour” Exclusion

On November 14, 2016, a federal judge in California denied summary judgment to Hanover Insurance Co. (Hanover), finding that class claims alleging a failure to reimburse reasonable business expenses were not excluded by a “wage-and-hour” exclusion contained in EPLI policies issued by Hanover. The lawsuit, brought by a former student of the Bellus Academy beauty … Continue Reading

Hunton Attorneys Discuss New York High Court Decision Impacting the Exchange of Information Between Policyholders and Insurers

On November 9, 2016, my colleagues Syed Ahmad, Shawn Regan and Shannon Shaw, published an article in Corporate Counsel discussing a recent decision from New York’s highest court that may impact the exchange of information between policyholders and their insurers. The article addresses the impact of Ambac Assurance v. Countrywide Home Loans, in which the … Continue Reading
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