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.

NEWS & IDEAS

Events

2020 CLM Construction Conference

The CLM Construction Conference covers all aspects of insurance, risk, and claims management aspects of the insurance related to the construction industry. In addition to addressing construction defects and other hot topics, conference sessions will also address facets of construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, risk management, and new technologies.
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Events

4th Annual Insurance in the Construction Industry Seminar

Given the fast pace of today''s business world and the everchanging world of construction growth, understanding the current state of the law with respect to construction insurance coverages is paramount for those involved in the construction industry as owners, contractors or industry professionals. Insurance for Construction Claims impacts all demographics, all organizations, and all businesses whether public or private.
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SDV Insights

Bostock v. Clayton County - Supreme Court Casts New Theories of Employment Practices Liability Under Title VII Nationwide

The financial integrity of commercial entities depends heavily on their ability to anticipate risks and financial liabilities while working in conjunction with their partners and insurers to allocate these costs before they arise. This is a fluid and dynamic process as some companies' operations may span across numerous jurisdictions with varying approaches to the legal issues their business regularly faces.
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SDV Insights

Hotel's Excess Insurer Escapes Liability as "Following-Form" Coverage Excludes Claim

Many policyholders assume that "following form" excess liability coverage will be available, if needed, above the primary policy's limits. This assumption should never replace the true measure of determining coverage--reading the policy.
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SDV Insights

Crime Policy Insurance Quotes Falsely Represented the Scope of its Coverage

An Indiana businessman found out the hard way how far his insurance company was willing to go to avoid paying a claim after it misrepresented the coverage of a crime policy it sold to him. The quote for the policy indicated that it included coverage for losses resulting from computer hacking.
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SDV Insights

Event Cancellation Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Key Strategies

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented number of event cancellations ranging from travel and tourism, hotel and hospitality, corporate conferences, outdoor festivals, as well as many other events. By far, one of the largest industries impacted by COVID-19 is the hospitality industry.
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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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SDV Insights

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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SDV Insights

8th Circuit Finds Construction Defect Not an Occurrence on CGL Policy

Contradicting the Missouri Supreme Court and the majority of courts nationally, the 8th Circuit, applying Missouri law, recently ruled, in American Family Mutual Ins. Co. v. Mid-American Grain Distributors LLC, that defective or faulty workmanship is not an "occurrence" within the meaning of a Commercial General Liability ("CGL") policy.
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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
Janet E Crawford
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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SDV is based in Connecticut, conveniently located between New York City and Boston, with regional offices in Florida and California to better serve our clients. We're ready to answer your questions and eager to assist you in developing solutions.