SDV Insights

Five Actions Construction and Energy Risk Managers Can Take to Avoid the Catastrophic Consequences of a Cyber Attack

With the ever-increasing usage of technology in the construction and energy industries, risks to business operations have also increased. Property developers and construction contractors rely on electronic data and communications more than ever to streamline projects, ensure efficient and timely supply chain delivery, and facilitate immediate communications between parties.

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Statute of Limitations and Bad Faith Claims: Factors to Consider

How much time do our clients have to bring a bad faith action against an insurer? Although we are not frequently asked this question, it is one that we constantly analyze before asserting a bad faith claim.

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Legal Malpractice: Have You Advised Your Clients of Their Potential for Insurance Coverage?

Hollywood producer turned convicted felon Harvey Weinstein has brought a legal malpractice suit against his counsel, claiming they failed to inform him that the dismissal of a charge in his 2020 trial would result in the forfeiture of insurance coverage. The suit alleges that Abelson Herron Halpern LLP ("AHH") was contractually required to provide Weinstein "with legal counsel regarding certain insurance coverage in connection with a criminal proceeding ...."

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What is Bad Faith?

As a policyholder, you may have heard the term "bad faith" in the context of litigation against your insurer. Bad faith in the insurance context is a catch-all term for a broad category of claims that can be brought against your insurer.

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A Lawyer's Perspective on Current Issues Dominating the Construction Industry

Some hot topics dominating the construction industry today include the impacts of COVID-19, government testing and vaccine mandates, cyber security, and the evolving role of general counsel.

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Do I Need an Attorney to Handle My Cyber Risk Exposure?

Technology is the driving force behind industry and growth for all businesses, but its advantages come with risks. Downed computer systems and lost data can have significant financial impacts. Security breaches, viruses, and information theft by computer hackers also pose a serious problem. Thousands of cyberattacks occur in the US every day, and no business is immune from this threat.

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Potential Coverage Issues Implicated by the Champlain Towers Collapse

In June 24, 2021, the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida collapsed, killing nearly 100 individuals (the "Collapse"). As experts uncover more information regarding the cause of the Collapse, those individuals who have filed lawsuits as well as the potentially culpable defendants are looking to insurers for coverage of their bodily injury and property damage claims.

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Will Your Cyber Insurance Program Respond if Western Sanctions on Russia Lead to Cyber-Attacks in the West?

On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, escalating the conflict between the two countries to unprecedented levels. Much of the West quickly responded to Russia's aggression by levying some of the most severe sanctions in history on Russia's government, companies, and wealthy citizens, including Vladimir Putin.

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Florida Federal Court Rules Against Unum: ERISA Does Not Preempt Physician's Individually-Owned Disability Policies

In Allen v. Unum, the disability insurer's argument for preemption of Dr. Allen's state law breach of contract claims revolved around an unfounded allegation that just because he and other physicians in his practice purchased individual policies from Unum affiliate Provident Life and Casualty Insurance Company that were charged on the same bill but paid separately and personally, an ERISA plan existed.

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5 Questions about New York's Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act

On December 31, 2021, New York enacted the Comprehensive Insurance Disclosure Act ("CIDA"), requiring defendants to provide plaintiffs with "complete" information for any insurance policy through which a judgment could be satisfied, within sixty (60) days after serving an answer.

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