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Protecting Directors and Officers From Derivative Liability Arising From Data Breaches

With data breaches affecting companies across virtually every industry, cyber security has remained front page news. Lawsuits brought by aggrieved consumers and financial institutions against companies that have suffered data breaches are not uncommon. Increasingly, companies are also being subjected to shareholder derivative suits against directors and officers alleging breach of fiduciary duty relating to … Continue Reading

Mind Your Ds and Os: Policy Language Proves Determinative in Director and Officer Insurance Coverage

A recent pair of opinions from New York and Pennsylvania shows the importance of evaluating all parts of director and officer (D&O) insurance coverage, down to each definition.  These cases, one holding for the insured and one for the insurer, demonstrate that a policy’s terms can be absolutely critical if the insured seeks indemnification for … Continue Reading

D&O Coverage: What’s Necessary for Government Protection

Steven Gilford and John Failla recently authored an article for National Underwriter explaining that D&O insurance is more important than ever because of heightened regulatory scrutiny of a wide range of issues including accounting improprieties, antitrust, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations. Click here to read the article.  … Continue Reading

First Circuit Orders AIG To Advance Defense Costs In FDIC Suit Because Of “Likelihood Of A Remote Possibility Of Coverage”

On March 31, 2014, the First Circuit reaffirmed the breadth of an insurer’s duty to defend. In W Holding Co., Inc. v. AIG Ins. Co.-Puerto Rico, No. 12–2008, 2014 WL 1280246 (1st Cir. Mar. 31, 2014), the appellate court ruled that AIG Insurance Company (“AIG”) must advance defense costs to former directors and officers of … Continue Reading
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