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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Events

2020 Higher Education Risk Management Conference

This conference offers comprehensive educational opportunities for professionals working in the areas of risk finance and insurance, compliance, information security, environmental health and safety, emergency management, legal affairs, law enforcement, international travel, human resources, workers'' compensation, and much more. Anyone involved in the risk management process will benefit from this conference and is welcome to attend.
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Events

2020 Atlanta RIMS Educational Conference

This program will explore risk transfer and insurance strategies to avoid the "Big One," those losses or lawsuits that can jeopardize the financial health of a company. Companies engaged in business always face risk, but with appropriate foresight, they can better understand, and reduce, the risks that ultimately land at their own feet. This program will look at the various methods of risk transfer, and the common pitfalls, of which contracting parties should be aware.
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SDV Insights

Fifth Circuit: Primary Insurer Relieved of Duty to Defend Without Release of Liability of Insured

In Aggreko, LLC v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co.,the Fifth Circuit affirmed a decision by the Texas District Court and held that a Covenant Not to Execute constituted a "settlement" sufficient to exhaust policy limits and terminate a primary insurer's duty to defend.
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SDV Insights

Top 10 Cases of 2019

In the 2019 edition of SDV's Top Ten Insurance Cases, we probe wiretapping claims under an armed security services policy, delicately sniff out E&O coverage for a company using cow manure to create electricity, scour the earth for coverage for crumbling foundation claims, and inspect D&O policies for government investigation coverage. In addition, we preview some important and exciting decisions due in 2020.
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Events

Construction SuperConference 2019

The Construction SuperConference is recognized as the preeminent construction conference developed for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction markets. Impactful plenary sessions and compelling panel discussions from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies bring to the forefront challenging issues and new insights into the legal, business, and economic challenges and opportunities in today''s construction industry.
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SDV Insights

Maryland Finally set to Diagnose an Allocation Method for Progressive Injuries

Maryland's highest court recently heard arguments regarding the proper method of allocation of the covered damages from a slowly progressing asbestos injury amongst insurance policies in place over a period of years. Rossello v. Zurich American Insurance Company, Case No. 2436 (Md. 2019). The court may also be forced to determine what the proper trigger of coverage is for latent bodily injury claims, although the plaintiff has not framed the issue in that manner.
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SDV Insights

The 2019 ISO Forms: Additions, Revisions, and Pitfalls

The Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) issued several new and revised endorsements for use with Commercial General Liability (CGL) coverage forms, which became effective December 1, 2019, in most jurisdictions. The new ISO endorsements include several notable changes that Policyholders should be aware of, including revisions to existing Additional Insured (AI), Primary and Noncontributory, and Waiver of Subrogation endorsements, as well as a number of new AI and other endorsement forms.
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