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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CBAYL Insurance Law Section: Construction Coverage for Owners and Contractors

In this program, panelists will provide an overview of the coverage considerations facing owners and contractors on construction projects, common misconceptions by owners and contractors regarding coverage, and a discussion of how to help advise clients so they obtain coverage they expect and understand the limitations of that coverage.
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Top 10 Insurance Cases of 2020

COVID-19 business interruption coverage litigation may have stolen the show in 2020, but those cases should not eclipse other important insurance coverage cases decided throughout this past year.
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"Protecting Yourself from Downstream Risks," featured in FMJ Magazine

Jeremiah Welch and Cheryl Kozdrey's recent article, "Protecting Yourself from Downstream Risks," was recently featured in the May/June 2020 edition of FMJ Magazine, the official magazine for International Facility Management Association (IFMA). This article explores effective risk management processes, including contractual risk transfer and insurance protections from downstream parties, and simple tools Facilities Managers can utilize to mitigate risk. To read the full article, click here.
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Missouri Insurance Bad Faith Claim Overrides New York Choice of Law Provision

In Maritz Holdings, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, the policyholder, Maritz, sought insurance coverage for cyber-security breaches that resulted in the theft of electronically stored gift card information. Lloyd's of London provided Maritz with breach-response insurance policies from 2015 through 2017, and Maritz sought coverage from Lloyd's for fees and costs incurred in responding to the security breaches.
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Coverage Is Critical As Corporate Policyholders See Surge In Biometric Privacy Claims

There has been a recent surge in lawsuits filed by employees and customers of restaurants, hotels, and other major retailers, alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act ("BIPA"). BIPA generally prohibits the collection, use, and disclosure of biometric data without an individual's prior written consent.
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In the Hot Seat: Connecticut takes on ExxonMobil Over Contributions to Climate Change

The State of Connecticut recently joined a growing list of state governments attempting to hold ExxonMobil ("Exxon") accountable for causing climate change, bringing the total number of such states to 21. Connecticut alleges that the oil & gas giant lied to the public for decades about climate science and its own contributions of harmful toxins to the environment.
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Massachusetts Clarifies When the Statute of Repose is Triggered For a Multi-Phase or Multi-Building Project

Lennar Hingham Holdings, LLC ("Lennar") built a twenty-eight-building, 150-unit condominium project containing twenty-four discrete phases over a seven-year span. The condominium association subsequently brought an action against Lennar and others alleging design and construction defects to four main components of the common elements: "decks and columns," roofing/flashing," "exterior walls/flashing/building envelope," and "irrigation system."
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Testing the Limits: 124 Cases of Food Poisoning Over a Four-day Period Ruled a Single Occurrence

On November 4, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division ruled that 124 separate cases of food poisoning at the Pasha Mediterranean Grill restaurant over a four-day period arose out of a single occurrence.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Hugh D. Hughes
Associate
Andres  Avila
Associate
Kerianne E. Kane
Associate
Cheryl L.  Kozdrey
Associate
Sarah M. Borrelli
Associate
Stephanie A. Giagnorio
Associate
Christine  Baptiste-Perez
Associate
Janie Reilly Eddy
Associate
Stacy M. Manobianca
Of Counsel
Ashley  McWilliams
Associate
Brian J. Clifford
Of Counsel
Ryan G. Nelson
Associate
Anna M. Perry
Associate
Richard W. Brown
Partner
Edwin L. Doernberger
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner
Gregory D. Podolak
Partner

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