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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SDV Insights

State Initiatives to Expand Workers' Compensation for COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous states have mounted initiatives to expand access to Workers' Compensation benefits for workers affected by COVID-19, with new states joining every day. Among the states that have addressed the issue to date are Alaska, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
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Ninth Circuit Finds that Insured's Umbrella Liability Insurance Must Drop Down to Co-Primary Coverage with Commercial General Liability Policy

In American States Insurance Company v. Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, No. 18-15770, 2020 WL 70491, the Ninth Circuit issued a decision about the role umbrella insurance policies have when there is a gap in insurance coverage and thereby opening the possibility for equitable contribution claims.
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COVID-19 Insurance and Nonprofits: The Case for Coverage

The cancellation of events producing income, galas and other fundraising events, the furloughing and quarantining of employees and volunteers, and the prospect of possible third-party liability claims have all caused considerable financial strains for many nonprofit entities, in recent weeks, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis. Insurance coverage can help nonprofits weather the storm but getting past initial insurer denials or reservations of rights can require both know-how and considerable work.
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California Not Tired of Montrose Yet: Supreme Court Adopts Vertical Exhaustion for Progressive Loss Excess Coverage

In a victory for policyholders, the California Supreme Court recently held that an insured faced with a progressive loss only needs to exhaust all directly underlying polices to access excess layers within that policy period.
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Your CGL Policy May Cover More Than You Think - Damages "because of' Property Damage or Bodily Injury for Construction Projects

Construction projects are susceptible to injuries and property damage - which is why the stakeholders involved rely heavily on commercial general liability ("CGL") insurance policies when such losses occur.
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Pennsylvania Appellate Courts Favored Finding Coverage in April

On April 22, 2020, in a 4-3 opinion, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that an insurer must defend its insured in connection with an intentional murder-suicide that also resulted in unintentional injuries.
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Celia B. Waters
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Samantha M. Oliveira
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Michael V. Pepe
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Andres  Avila
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Kerianne E. Kane
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Cheryl L.  Kozdrey
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Sarah M. Borrelli
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Stephanie A. Giagnorio
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Christine  Baptiste-Perez
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Janie Reilly Eddy
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Janet E Crawford
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Stacy M. Manobianca
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Brian J Clifford
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Ryan G. Nelson
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