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

Professional Services Coverage and Exclusions: Insurer and Policyholder Guidance

This CLE webinar will explore the contours of professional services coverage and exclusions under general liability, directors and officers, and professional liability policies. The panel will discuss recent trends in case law interpreting policy coverage and exclusions and guide counsel for policyholders and insurers on best practices for negotiating coverage scope and resolving disputes after claims arise.
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Insurer's Knowing Violation of Texas Insurance Code May Entitle Insured to Treble Damages

The Fifth Circuit's recent opinion in Lyda Swinerton Builders, Inc. v. Oklahoma Sur. Co. includes policyholder-friendly holdings on Texas law concerning the duty to defend and the potential to recover treble damages for an insurer's knowing violation of Texas Insurance Code. In this case, the Fifth Circuit did justice to the broad scope of the duty to defend, making inferences from the complaint and the policy to find a potential of coverage.
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Events

Construction SuperConference 2018

The Construction SuperConference is recognized as the preeminent construction conference developed for mid- to senior-level professionals who work in any of the legal and commercial construction markets. Impactful plenary sessions and compelling panel discussions from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies bring to the forefront challenging issues and new insights into the legal, business, and economic challenges and opportunities in today''s construction industry.
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Hot Topics in Florida Construction

Gregory Podolak of Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. ("SDV") along with William Noonan of Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. will host a seminar on December 5th on the topic of Builders Risk and Florida's Statute of Repose. If you're in the construction and building industry, you don't want to miss out on this event.
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Texas Court Requires Insurer to Defend GC Despite Breach of Contract Exclusion

In a suit filed by an owner against a general contractor for alleged construction defects at a new sports complex, the general contractor's commercial general liability insurer failed to defend its insured. The Western District of Texas ruled in the general contractor's favor and found that the insurer had a duty to defend, despite a breach of contract exclusion in the general contractor's GL policy.
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A Guide to Homeowners' Insurance for California Wildfire Losses

In 2017 and 2018 alone, California experienced the two largest and the first and fourth deadliest fires in its history. Sadly, a University of California report predicts that the frequency and potency of these fires will only continue to increase in the coming years and decades, increasing the importance of knowing about insurance.
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Fourth Circuit Rejects Application of Wrap-Up Exclusion to Additional Insured

Utilizing an owner-controlled or contractor-controlled insurance program (collectively known as "wrap-ups") can reduce claims, save costs, and give owners and general contractors comfort in knowing their project is adequately insured. However, problems often arise when a subcontractor doesn't enroll in the wrap-up and, instead, agrees to provide additional insured coverage to the owner and general contractor on the subcontractor's own general liability policy.
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KY Mining Accident Not a Covered Occurrence Under Commercial General Liability Policy

In Am. Mining Ins. Co. v. Peters Farms, LLC, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that a mining error was not a covered accident under a commercial general liability insurance policy. The central issue was whether an insured mining company's unauthorized removal of minerals from neighboring property was an "occurrence" caused "property damage" as defined by the mining company's commercial general liability policy ("CGL Policy").
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