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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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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Events

2019 ABA Section of Litigation Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

Learn about the very latest developments in insurance law from leading lawyers and insurance professionals at the 2019 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar. Join us for cutting-edge and informative plenary, breakout and roundtable programs, valuable networking sessions, and diverse outdoor activities only Tucson can offer.
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Events

2019 IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference

The IRMI Energy Risk & Insurance Conference (ERIC) brings together the brightest minds in the industry--the "who''s who" in understanding, mitigating, and insuring the complex exposures of oil and gas risks. The Conference is the prime forum for risk managers, agents and brokers, underwriters, adjusters, attorneys, and others to explore state-of-the-art ideas and practical tactics for fine-tuning risk management programs while expanding business networks.
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Ohio State Court Provides a Bit of Clarification on Virtual Currency Coverage

An Ohio court finds that Bitcoin constitutes covered "property," rather than "money," under a homeowners' insurance policy, thereby rendering the policy's restrictive monetary sublimit inapplicable to the policyholder's $16,000 claim for stolen Bitcoin.
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Events

AGC 2019 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management

This conference serves and supports everyone playing a senior role in construction risk management. That includes all senior executives of the construction companies in the AGC family, and particularly the in-house lawyers and risk managers for these companies. In addition, and in equal measure, this group includes the sureties, bond producers, insurance carriers, insurance brokers, lawyers and other professionals on whom such executives continue to depend for advice and assistance.
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Massachusetts Court Expansively Interprets Coverage for "Advertising Injury"

In Holyoke Mut. Ins. Co. in Salem v. Vibram USA, Inc., decided in September 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an unusual advertising injury triggered a duty to defend. The advertising idea was the use of a celebrity name with no intrinsic connection to any of the products being sold.
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Events

CBA - Insurance Law Section: Cyber Coverage Issues

Michael V Pepe along with Melicent B Thompson of Litchfield Cavo LLP and Robert D Laurie of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP will be presenting on Cyber Coverage Issues.
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