SDV was founded 25 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

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) WebEd

Join Gregory Podolak as he presents "Planned Early Dispute Resolution - The Why and the How" during the upcoming Associated General Contractors of America WebEd on March 11. In this interactive webinar, Gregory will discuss a proactive process for carefully organizing complex litigation into successful mediation and resolving construction disputes before they spiral out of control alongside an experienced construction mediator and in-house corporate counsel for a national CM/GC.
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Events

ABA Virtual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar

This panel will address new and emerging issues in connection with D&O insurance. Recent issues-- including COVID-19 and the #MeToo movement--have reshaped the liability landscape for directors and officers which, in turn, has had a major impact on the scope of coverage litigation.
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Events

International Franchise Association (IFA) Webinar

Join SDV Partner Rich Brown as he presents the International Franchise Association webinar, "Managing Risks of COVID-19 Through Contracts and Operations" with Giovanni Yruela next Tuesday, March 2.
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SDV Insights

"Class Actions Resulting from COVID Claims and Bad Faith," published by PropertyCasualty360

In the year following the global outbreak of COVID-19, thousands of businesses have experienced unprecedented financial hardship. It is no surprise that surviving businesses are looking to their insurance policies to recover lost business income incurred as a result of the pandemic.
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SDV Insights

New York Appellate Division: Second Department Contradicts First Department, Denying Insurer's Recoupment of Defense Costs for Uncovered Claims

New York law has historically allowed insurers to recoup defense costs paid on behalf of an insured if there is ultimately no coverage for the underlying action, provided that the insurer reserved its rights to seek reimbursement.
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Events

URMIA's Virtual Spring Conference

Traditionally, URMIA hosts a series of spring regional conferences in multiple locations. This year, URMIA reimagined its 2021 regional conferences as one exciting virtual conference. This new format offers two half-day opportunities each month from February through May to network with peers and add to your expertise in higher education risk management.
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SDV Insights

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds $400 Million Award for Superstorm Sandy Damages

In New Jersey Transit Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, New Jersey's highest court upheld an appellate decision[2] finding that New Jersey Transit Corporation ("NJT") was entitled to full coverage under its property insurance policy for damages caused by Superstorm Sandy.
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Events

CBAYL Insurance Law Section: Construction Coverage for Owners and Contractors

In this program, panelists will provide an overview of the coverage considerations facing owners and contractors on construction projects, common misconceptions by owners and contractors regarding coverage, and a discussion of how to help advise clients so they obtain coverage they expect and understand the limitations of that coverage.
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SDV Insights

Energy Company Covered for Business Interruption Losses Caused by Fire and Resulting in Town-Ordered Shutdown

In the case of NextSun Energy Littleton, LLC v. Acadia Ins. Co., the United States District Court of Massachusetts held that once direct physical damage from a covered peril causes a covered business interruption loss, any increase in the duration of such business interruption, due to the enforcement of an ordinance or law, extends the coverage period provided for lost income.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Richard W. Brown
Partner
Edwin L. Doernberger
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner
Gregory D. Podolak
Partner
Tracy Alan Saxe
Partner
Jeffrey J. Vita
Partner
Jeremiah M. Welch
Partner
Bethany L. Barrese
Partner
William S. Bennett
Associate
K.  Alexandra O'Neill
Associate
Tiffany  Casanova
Associate
Grace V. Hebbel
Partner
Celia B. Waters
Associate
Samantha M. Oliveira
Associate
Michael V. Pepe
Partner
Hugh D. Hughes
Associate
Andres  Avila
Associate

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