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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

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

Forever 21 Suit Cut from “Potentially Covered” Cloth: Alleged Copycat’s Insurer Required to Defend Trademark Litigation with Affordable Fashion Behemoth

In June, Syed S. Ahmad and I published an article in Risk Management Magazine about how commercial general liability (CGL) policies may help with trademark infringement litigation, despite common exclusions. A recent federal court opinion out of California conforms with the precedent we described in that article, holding that the insurer, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Reminds Consumer Product Companies That Insurance Options Exist For Big Data Blunders And Privacy Faux Pas

Consumer class actions are on the minds of virtually all consumer product manufacturers and service providers. Class actions based on privacy and consumer protection statutes are increasing at a remarkable rate, and can be a challenge to predict, budget, and defend, given the difficulty in valuing consumer privacy rights. In their article, “Second Circuit Reminds … Continue Reading

Hunton Partner Syed Ahmad Quoted in Law360 on D&O Insurance

Hunton partner, Syed Ahmad , was quoted yesterday in a Law360 feature discussing how corporate policyholders can maximize their D&O insurance coverage. As Ahmad explains, “[g]iven the ever-changing regulatory landscape, directors and officers are getting involved in matters earlier and earlier and in a wider range of situations than before.” As a consequence, directors and … Continue Reading

Looking for Coverage in All the Right Places

On Tuesday, Syed Ahmad and Jennifer White published an article in Risk Management magazine about how commercial general liability (CGL) policies may help policyholders looking to recover attorney’s fees or fund settlements in trademark infringement litigation. Historically, like the Johnny Lee song “Lookin’ for Love,” CGL policies were the wrong place to look for coverage, … Continue Reading

If Information Is Available Online and No One Accesses It, Was It a ‘Publication’

In an article recently published in Bloomberg/BNA Privacy and Security Law Report, Hunton lawyers Syed Ahmad, Sergio Oehninger and Patrick McDermott discuss a recent decision finding insurance coverage for a cyber-related incident.  In the article, the authors dissect whether information made available on the internet is “published” if there is no evidence that anyone ever … Continue Reading

Food Logistics Magazine Publishes Hunton Attorneys’ Primer On Contamination Coverage

An article titled “A Primer On Insurance Coverage for Food Contamination Losses”, written by Syed Ahmad and Matthew McLellan, was published in the April 2016 issue of Food Logistics Magazine. The article provides an overview of insurance protection for food contamination events confronted by companies in the food and beverage supply chain. The article describes … Continue Reading

If a Data Breach Occurs and Nobody Reads It, Does It Constitute “Publication”?

Syed Ahmad, a partner in the Hunton & Williams LLP insurance recovery practice, was quoted in an article by Law360 concerning the Fourth Circuit’s April 11, 2016 decision in Travelers Indemnity Company v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, No. 14-1944. In the decision, a panel of the Fourth Circuit affirmed the decision of a Virginia district court, … Continue Reading

Hunton Partner Syed Ahmad Comments on Insurance Issues Raised by Chipotle Food-Safety Crisis

With nearly 2000 locations, the recent outbreaks linked to Chipotle restaurants involving three strains of E. coli, norovirus and Salmonella, have had a substantial impact on the fast-food chain’s supply chain.  In a recent article appearing in Risk Management Magazine, The Chipotle Outbreaks Highlight the Risks of Supply Chain Failures, Syed comments on the insurance … Continue Reading
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