SDV Insights

Georgia's Supreme Court Extends CGL Pollution Exclusion to Lead Paint Chips

The “pollution exclusion” contained in an insured’s policy was at issue in a recent case in Georgia (Georgia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. v. Smith et al., 2016 Ga. LEXIS 245).

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New York Court Provides Relief to Policyholder in Multiple Decade Pollution Case

Did you know that insurance coverage issues can arise from events that took place over 100 years ago?

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SDV Opposes Rules Change that Would Negatively Affect Policyholders

The ancient document exception to the Federal Rules of Evidence hearsay rule is an important tool for policyholders to put the content of a lost policy into evidence. Long tail claims in occurrence based policies (such as asbestos claims) can be brought many years after the policy was procured. If the policy is subsequently lost, the ancient documents rule is often the only way that a policyholder can establish the content of their policy and receive coverage.

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Fourth Circuit Opens a Portal to Coverage for Data Breach under CGL Policy

On April 11, 2016, the Fourth Circuit held that a records storage company was entitled to a defense under its CGL policy for a class action lawsuit claiming that the company failed to safeguard confidential medical records.

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SDV Talks Cyber Cases with LAW360

The website LAW360.com has once again reached out to SDV’s Gregory D. Podolak to get his input on a number of ...

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Who Pays First? Manuscript Priority Language Enforced by NY Court

This week, as part of IRMI’s Expert Commentary Series, Gregory D. Podolak and H. Scott Williams authored an article addressing recent insurance developments and the resulting impact on the co ...

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Merely Reciting Policy Exclusions Is Insufficient to Avoid a Defense Obligation

The Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court decision that Scottsdale Insurance Co. breached the duty to defend its policyholder, a home builder, in an underlying construction defect lawsuit broug ...

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New Jersey Adopts a "No Prejudice" Rule for Sophisticated Insureds Under "Claims Made" Policies

If you are a sophisticated business with a claims-made policy, there is a case you should be aware of.

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Relying on the CGL Policy to Protect You from Professional Risk is a Recipe for Disaster

In a recent article for the AGC's Constructor e-Newsletter, SDV's Gregory Podolak and Turner Construction's Kevin King discussed how "Relying on the CGL Policy to Protect You from Professional Risk is a Recipe for Disast

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SDV Comments on Managing Cyber Risks

SDV partner Greg Podolak has been quoted again in a Law360 article. In “Data Breach Report Shows Cyberinsurance Not A Cure-All”, Greg, and other thought leaders in the industry, were asked about a recent report that covered challenges faced by many companies in managing cyber risks.

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