SDV was founded more than 20 years ago with one mission: to level the playing field for insurance policyholders. Its singular focus on insurance coverage law and unwavering commitment to policyholders of all types have made it a leader in insurance litigation and risk management strategy. With a steadily growing team of experienced insurance coverage lawyers in regional offices across the country, SDV is the right choice for policyholders.

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Events

ABA Regional CLE Program: Women in Insurance

The Women in Insurance Network Regional CLE Program will provide CLE on a broad range of insurance coverage topics as well as networking opportunities for risk managers, insurance industry professionals, and outside counsel.
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Events

SDV IRMI CRC 2018 Party: Houston Fall Fest

Come join SDV and RT Specialty as we host an evening of fun, food, and entertainment at IRMI CRC 2018.
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Events

IRMI Construction Risk Conference

The IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC) brings nearly 2,000 leading project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, insurers, and insurance agents and brokers together. There is no better forum to learn the latest construction risk management and insurance trends, strategies, and tactics as well as network with leaders in the industry.
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SDV Insights

Effects of Amendment to Florida's Statute of Repose on the Products Completed Operations Hazard

Recent amendments to Florida's Statute of Repose have resulted in concerns as to the scope of risk Florida homebuilders face as a result, and the availability of insurance coverage for such exposures. Previously, the statute provided for a strict, yet straightforward 10-year limitation for latent construction defect claims.
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OH Supreme Court Rules Against General Contractor in Construction Defect Coverage Dispute

On October 9, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court issued a decision in Ohio Northern University v. Charles Construction Services, Inc., Slip Op. 2018-Ohio-4057, finding that a general contractor was not entitled to defense or indemnity from its CGL insurer in a construction defect suit brought by a project owner post-project completion.
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Lloyd's of London Blazes Path into Canada's Budding Cannabis Industry

Lloyd's of London has authorized its syndicates to underwrite insurance for the cannabis industry in the newly-legalized Canadian market. As of October 17, 2018, the Canadian cannabis industry will become legal at the highest national level.
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Events

Wire Transfer Fraud: Understanding and Insuring the Risk

In recent years, wire transfer fraud schemes have become increasingly common at all levels of business, and in all industries. Construction has not been immune. Although the insurance market for this risk is evolving, frequently there are misconceptions about available coverage, disagreements over claims, and, at times, contentious litigation.
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Insuring Against GDPR Liability

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, and despite the publicity and prognoses of doom, it did not have any immediate earth-shattering effects. At most, you may have noticed a flood of requests to re-subscribe to websites or to review a company's updated privacy policy. In fact, many non-EU-based businesses may not even notice that the GDPR is now effective because they have been dismissing it as a regulation that "does not apply to us."
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Insurer Snatches Opportunity to Challenge Coverage for Discovery Sanctions

Recently, National Casualty Company ("National") filed suit in the Southern District of California, claiming that it should not be required to cover court-imposed sanctions against its insured, the National Strength and Conditioning Association ("NSCA"). The sanctions were imposed after CrossFit Inc. ("CrossFit") acquired judgments against the NSCA in two false advertising suits based on a study published by the NSCA that depicted false information about injuries in CrossFit.
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