SDV Insights

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 has once again reached out to SDV’s Gregory D. Podolak to get his input on a number ...

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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 ...

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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 br ...

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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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Revealed: SDV's Top Ten Picks and Predictions

It's that time of year again! No it's 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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