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Are Your Drone Operations Covered By Insurance?

Earlier this week, Canada’s transport minister announced that a drone had collided with a commercial aircraft, the first confirmed collision of its kind in North America. Thankfully, the aircraft sustained only minor damage and was able to land safely. But this recent incident, which many commentators believed was inevitable given the proliferation of consumer and … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Team Explains How Hurricanes Highlight the Need for Contingent Business Interruption Insurance

Hunton insurance lawyers Michael Levine, Syed Ahmad and Katherine Miller discuss how Hurricanes Harvey and Irma highlight the need for contingent business interruption insurance and why companies with this coverage should be considering how to obtain its benefit for income losses resulting from the recent storms. The article was published this morning in Risk Management. … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Lawyers Syed Ahmad and Geoffrey Fehling Discuss The Importance of Insurance Coverage for Commercial Drone Operations

From disaster preparedness and workplace safety to autonomous deliveries and performance arts, companies worldwide increasingly rely on drones as a natural extension of their business. Recent Federal Aviation Administration forecasts predict that nearly 4 million drones—over 420,000 of which will be used for commercial operations—will be operating in the U.S. by the year 2021.… Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Lawyers Analyze How Second Circuit’s Recent Opinion Regarding Employer’s Liability Exclusion Impacts Hospitality Industry Insureds

Liability insurance policies generally have an exclusion barring coverage for claims brought by the insured’s own employees. Many times, especially in the hospitality industry, a liability insurance policy provides coverage for various different companies. A common question is whether claims brought by an employee of one insured against another insured are covered under such a … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Partner Syed Ahmad Named to Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hotlist”!

Benchmark Litigation has released its Under 40 Hotlist for 2017, naming the year’s most promising emerging talent in their respective litigation communities in the US and Canadian litigation community by peers and clients.  Among those named is our own Syed Ahmad, along with other Hunton partners Ryan Glasgow (Labor & Employment), Jason Harbour (Bankruptcy), Kerry … Continue Reading

Hunton Insurance Lawyers Sergio F. Oehninger and Geoffrey Fehling Provide a Primer on Insurance Coverage for FCPA Claims and Investigations

The frequency and magnitude of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) (15 U.S.C. § 78dd-1, et seq.) investigations and claims continue to grow. Last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Halliburton Co. had agreed to pay $29.2 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that its operations in Angola and … Continue Reading

Now You See It (Now You Don’t?) – Recent Insurer Efforts to Void Coverage Based on New York Rescission Law

In recent months, insurers have increasingly used New York rescission law as a means to not only deny coverage for specific claims, but also to void any protection an insurance policy may provide for other losses down the road. For example, H.J. Heinz Company recently found itself without coverage for a $30 million recall after … Continue Reading

Examining the Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance

In 2015 and 2016, we discussed certain provisions of the then drafts of the Restatement of the Law, Liability insurance, including the Duty to Cooperate, here, and Duty to Defend, here and here. In late May 2017, the American Law Institute met to approve the Proposed Final Draft—the culmination of over seven years of work … Continue Reading

Fear of the Unknown [Cause of Contamination]: Whether an Unknown Cause of Loss Constitutes an “Occurrence”

Commercial general liability policies typically provide coverage to insureds for losses resulting from property damage caused by an “occurrence,” usually defined in the policy as “an accident, including continuous or repeated exposure to substantially the same harmful conditions.” In the context of food recalls, however, the exact cause of the food damage, whether contamination, spoilage … 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 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

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

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

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

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

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
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