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Legal developments affecting professional liability insurers

Tag Archives: Texas

Texas Court Holds Disgorgement Amounts Uninsurable As A Matter Of Law

Posted in Loss, Personal Profit/Advantage exclusion
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, applying Texas law, and adopting the recommendation of a magistrate judge, has held that reimbursement of excessive executive compensation constitutes disgorgement and is therefore uninsurable as a matter of law under a directors and officers policy.  Twin City Fire Ins. Co. v. Oceaneering Int’l,… Continue Reading

Insured-Versus-Insured Exclusion Bars Coverage for Claim Against Former Director That Insured Assigned to Its Fidelity Insurer

Posted in Insured v. Insured Exclusion
The Texas Supreme Court has held that the insured-versus-insured exclusion in a D&O policy precludes coverage for a claim asserted by the insured’s fidelity insurer, under an assignment of rights from the insured, against a former director of the insured.  The court reversed the holding of the intermediate court of appeals and reinstated the trial… Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Holds that Prior Knowledge Exclusion is Unduly Broad

Posted in Bad faith/duty to settle, Prior Knowledge/Warranty Exclusion, Wrongful Act
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Texas law, has held that the prior knowledge exclusion contained in a lawyers professional liability policy was unduly broad as written and would be construed to apply to wrongful acts reasonably likely to lead to a malpractice claim.  OneBeacon Ins. Co. v. T. Wade… Continue Reading

Computer Fraud Provision of Crime Policy Does Not Cover Loss from Business Email Compromise and Social Engineering Scheme

Posted in Cyber Policies and Issues
Applying Texas law, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held that a business email compromise loss involving social engineering did not “result[] directly from the use of any computer to fraudulently cause a transfer” and thus did not trigger Computer Fraud coverage under a commercial crime insurance policy.  Apache Corp.… Continue Reading

Claim Brought by Lenders Against Officers Based on Company’s Misstated Financials Barred by Bankruptcy and Creditors Exclusion

Posted in Bankruptcy, Breach of Contract – coverage for amounts due pursuant to contract, exclusions
Applying Texas law, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has held that an exclusion barring coverage for any claim brought or maintained by or on behalf of any creditor of the company precluded coverage for claims by lenders against company officers alleging that they misrepresented the financial condition of a company. … Continue Reading

No Coverage for Related Claims Where Insured Received Third-Party Indemnification

Posted in “Claim”, Related Claims and associated exclusions
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, applying Texas law, has held that an insurance broker is not entitled to coverage under its E&O policy because its former corporate parent already indemnified it for the settlement at issue. Southwest Risk LP v. Ironshore Specialty Ins. Co., 2016 WL 2898040 (S.D. Tex.… Continue Reading

Exclusion For Certain Communications Narrowly Construed Not To Apply To Alleged Improper Publishing of DNA Test Results

Posted in Other: “Unsolicited Communications” Exclusion
The Unites States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, applying Texas law, has held that an exclusion barring coverage for certain communications, including violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and “any other statute . . . prohibit[ing] or limit[ing] the . . . communication or distribution of information or other material” does… Continue Reading