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

New Jersey Court Sees Potential in Optical Services COVID-19 Coverage Suit

In Optical Services USA/JCI v. Franklin Mut. Ins. Co.,1 the New Jersey Superior Court denied the insurer's motion to dismiss the policyholders' COVID-19 coverage suit. The Plaintiffs in this case were optometrists' offices forced to close by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 107, which temporarily shut down non-essential businesses to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
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Events

IRMI Construction Risk [Virtual] Conference

This year''s Construction Risk [Virtual] Conference (CRC) is fully online, bringing the unparalleled educational content that''s made CRC the must-attend construction risk event for 40 years right to your home. Although different from the in-person experience, the virtual format offers you a host of unique benefits for a more convenient and affordable Conference.
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SDV Insights

The Future of Pandemic Coverage for Real Estate Owners and Developers

Shutdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted an unprecedented number of business income and business interruption insurance claims. Many claims have resulted in litigation and require judicial intervention to determine whether private insurance carriers owe policyholders indemnification for pandemic related losses.
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SDV Insights

Fungi, Wet Rot, Dry Rot and "Virus": One of These Things is Not Like the Other

The Hartford's so-called virus exclusion in its commercial property forms is getting a workout, and policyholders now have an argument that may help their cases move past the pleadings stage. A U.S. District Court in Florida has deemed the exclusion ambiguous and denied an insurer's motion to dismiss.
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Events

myLawCLE Webinar: Required Disclosures and Notifications of Employee COVID-19 Exposure

As businesses reopen amid rising COVID-19 cases, employers must navigate through the hurdles of maintaining a safe workplace during a pandemic. In an effort to limit exposure and minimize the spread, California recently passed AB 685, which expanded employee protection from workplace hazards to include exposure to COVID-19.
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Events

Edwin L. Doernberger awarded Best Mentor

Connecticut Law Tribune recently honored attorneys and judges who have made a remarkable difference in Connecticut''s legal profession. Edwin L. Doernberger was named an honoree of the Connecticut Legal Awards 2020 Best Mentor award. Congratulations, Ed! Thank you for everything you do for the firm.
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SDV Insights

Preventing Pitfalls in Policyholder Pandemic Pleadings: Lessons Learned from Recent Restaurant Rulings

Recently, federal courts in California and Florida dismissed claims brought by restauranteurs against their insurance companies after the insurers denied business-interruption coverage for losses related to COVID-19 quarantine orders. In both cases, the courts held that the policyholders had not sufficiently alleged that their properties had suffered "direct physical loss or damage," as required by both policies to trigger coverage.
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Michael V. Pepe
Partner
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
Associate
Ryan G. Nelson
Associate
Anna M. Perry
Associate
Richard W. Brown
Partner
Edwin L. Doernberger
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner

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