SDV Insights

Revealed: SDV's Top Ten Picks & Predictions

Itís that time of year again! No itís not favorites for our March Madness brackets . . . but the area of our own expertise.

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The Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act Threatens to Dismantle Risk Transfer

On February 24, 2016, in a ruling with grave implications to additional insured coverage and the risk transfer process, the Fifth Circuit in Tetra Techs., Inc. v. Cont'l Ins. Co. overturned the Eastern District of Louisiana), and broadened the application of the Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act to void indemnity and additional insured coverage.

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Obtaining the Right Builders Risk Insurance Coverage

Builders risk insurance is an important instrument of protection for any construction project. However, not all builders risk policies are the same - the limits and scope of coverage afforded can vary dramatically. Ensuring that effective coverage is in place requires an understanding of the risks of loss unique to the particular project

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US-EU Data Protection is Ramping Up

If you are a risk manager of a multi-national company, and you havenít heard of Article 29 Working Party (WP29), itís time you become acquainted. It is an independent European advisory body on data protection and privacy.

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Texas Court Rules EPA Proceedings Trigger Duty to Defend

In a significant win for policyholders, the Texas Supreme Court refused to revisit its 5-4 decision that a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency constitutes a "suit" within the meaning of the Commercial General Liability policy.

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Read our New State by State Survey on CGL Pollution Exclusions

SDV is proud to introduce a new State by State survey showing each stateís interpretation of the CGL pollution exclusion.

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Court Affirms Fees Award for Chasing Coverage Despite Policyholder Lying

Floridaís Third District Court of Appeals recently held that, despite a jury finding that the homeowners intentionally misrepresented material facts, the insurer was required to pay attorney fees after the insurer lost its counter-claim against the homeowners.

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Texas Rules Incorporation of Defective Products Is Not Physical Injury, But "Rip and Tear" Damages are Covered

In a recent landmark decision, the Texas Supreme Court held that mere incorporation of defective products into a structure without additional property damage is not covered under a commercial general liability policy. However, "rip and tear" or "get to" damages are covered.

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Why Choice of Law Matters

In our newest Case Alert, attorneys Dave Jordan and Phil Brown-Wilusz discuss the importance of choice of law assessment when it comes to insurance coverage litigation.

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EU Adopts General Data Protection Regulation; Now May Be the Time to Look for EU Cyber Coverage

US businesses have been concerned about protecting the data of EU subjects transmitted to the US because in October, the European Court of Justice declared the US Safe Harbor regime invalid.

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