SDV was founded more than 20 years ago with one mission: to level the playing field for insurance policyholders. Its singular focus on insurance coverage law and unwavering commitment to policyholders of all types have made it a leader in insurance litigation and risk management strategy. With a steadily growing team of experienced insurance coverage lawyers in regional offices across the country, SDV is the right choice for policyholders.

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Events

The Intersection of Coverage in Design Build Claims

As Design Build construction surges, the intersection of lines and layers of coverage with contracts and legal principles becomes more complex. Join us for an in-depth discussion on design build issues for owners, general contractors, subs and design professionals with Julian D. Ehrlich, Esq., Senior Vice President Claims, Aon Construction Services Group and Jeremiah M. Welch, Partner, Saxe, Doernberger and Vita, P.C.
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Events

American College of Coverage Counsel 2019 Annual Meeting

Tracy Alan Saxe along with his panel will speak at the American College of Coverage Counsel 2019 Annual Meeting on the topic of broad coverage implications for insurer and policyholder alike.
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Events

Significant Developments in CUTPA and CUIPA Jurisprudence

Join Grace V. Hebbel along with a panel of speakers as they discuss the overviews of the Connecticut Unfair Insurance Practices Act (CUIPA) and Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA).
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Wisconsin Tests Breadth of Duty to Defend: Declines to Strip Wholesaler of Defense

Wisconsin's Supreme Court recently held that even where a complaint generally alleges a company acted wrongfully and with intent to defraud, a single potentially covered claim still triggers the duty to defend. The case is yet another in a long line of state high court decisions finding that the duty to defend is exceedingly broad and applies where there is a single potentially covered claim.
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Project-Specific Commercial General Liability Insurance

Many markets which provide insurance for construction projects include an endorsement providing coverage for "repair work" as part of their standard policy. "Repair work" endorsements are largely misunderstood by policyholders and the insurance broker community.
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Nevada Court Finds Insurers May be Liable for Consequential Damages - No Bad Faith Required!

In a lawsuit arising out of a traffic accident, the Nevada Supreme Court departed from the majority view among jurisdictions that an insurer's liability is generally capped at its policy limits. In Century Surety Co. v. Andrew, the Court held that a commercial liability insurer could be liable for damages in excess of the policy limits for failing to defend its insured, even if the insurer acted in good faith.
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Fifth Circuit Rules that Settlements in Underlying Action Constitute "Other Insurance"

The Fifth Circuit ruled that settlements between an insured and its subcontractors qualified as "other insurance" to the extent those settlements were used to pay for damages covered by an excess insurance policy. Policyholders should note the outcome of this case as it demonstrates the significant impact that settlements can have on coverage.
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The Notice-Prejudice Rule Lives on in California

The California Court of Appeals recently confirmed California's support for the notice-prejudice rule. The notice-prejudice rule requires insurers that deny coverage based on a failure to provide notice under the policy to show that they have been prejudiced by the untimely or insufficient notice.
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