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Connecticut Federal District Court Follows Majority Rule on Insurance Policy Anti-Assignment Clauses

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut further confirms that Connecticut courts follow the majority rule that contractual anti-assignment clauses do not bar assignment of an insured's claim after the loss occurred.

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Five Insurance Considerations for Cannabis-Related Businesses

Cannabis businesses have now entered the economy of numerous states across the country. Based on the recent regulatory changes which have allowed these businesses to operate, business owners should evaluate several insurance considerations which are unique for cannabis-related companies.

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Rhode Island Finds Pollution Exclusion Ambiguous, Orders Coverage for Home Heating Oil Leak

The Rhode Island case of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. v. Arbella Protection Insurance Company, Inc., et. al., No. 2020-170-Appeal (PC 15-4811) (R.I. January 27, 2023) provides much-needed guidance regarding ambiguity and the term "pollution."

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Collateral Damage: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Collateral Agreements

Although collateral agreements provide security for insurers on policies with large deductibles, they can create hardships for insureds that are out of proportion with the insurers' security concerns.

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California Expands on Scope of Coverage for Soft Cost Claims

The California federal district court case of KB Home v. Illinois Union Insurance Co., No. 8:20-cv-00278-JLS-JDE, (C.D. Cal. August 23, 2022), provides much needed guidance for cases involving builder's risk insurance claims for soft cost coverage.

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An Introduction to Workers' Compensation Insurance for Construction Companies and Contractors

Workers' compensation insurance is one of the most important coverages for construction companies and contractors. A workers' compensation policy typically provides insurance for accidents on-site or in the workplace, and other injuries sustained while working. This coverage includes medical expenses, lost wages, worker death, and related costs.

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A Narrow Property Policy Interpretation Finds No Coverage for Encrypted Software as a Result of a Ransomware Attack

The Supreme Court of Ohio recently ruled that a ransomware attack on a medical billing company failed to cause direct physical damage to the company's computer software as required under its business owners policy. Prior to this ruling, a ransomware attack on a business computer system and resultant claim under an all-risk commercial property insurance policy had not been addressed in Ohio.

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Top 10 Insurance Cases of 2022

Federal and state courts tackled a myriad of interesting insurance-related issues this past year. See our top 10 most influential coverage decisions of 2022 and look ahead to a few cases to keep an eye on as 2023 unfolds.

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Trends and Issues which Can Affect Workers' Compensation Coverage for Construction Companies

Recent trends in workers' compensation coverage suggest that the number of claims are likely to continue to increase, specifically for high-risk industries, like the construction industry. This article explores multiple trends and issues which are likely to impact workers' compensation insurance for construction companies.

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When Are General Conditions and General Requirements Covered by Builder's Risk

General conditions and general requirements are terms of art in the construction industry that describe the indirect costs necessary to complete a construction project. After physical loss or damage to a project, the following question often arises: Are "general conditions" and "general requirements" covered under a builder's risk policy?

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