SDV was founded 25 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.

NEWS & IDEAS

Events

2021 IRMI Construction Risk Conference

At the IRMI Construction Risk Conference (CRC), you''ll experience top-tier speakers, focused construction risk and insurance content, and innovative ideas for contractor risk management and insurance programs. Whether you attend in person or join us virtually, you''ll take away practical tips for proactively controlling risks, mitigating losses, negotiating equitable insurance and contract terms, and managing claims
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Events

URMIA 52nd Annual Conference

Upstream parties like universities should be able to expect indemnity from those performing operations on their premises. However, agreements to secure this kind of protection must be drafted and implemented within the guideposts of public policy to avoid losing bargained for protections. This session will include a presentation of examples of several states'' anti-indemnity provisions and a case study of a dispute under California''s applicable regime.
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Events

West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar

The presenters will discuss the impact of litigation on continuing business relationships. In particular, the program will focus on balancing risk transfer with business goals in the context of multi-tiered contractor construction projects.
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Events

American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Construction Law 2021

On September 30 and October 1, 2021, the ABA Forum on Construction Law will present "Construction Law Essentials" in six cities across the country.
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Events

2021 CLM Construction Conference

The CLM Construction Conference covers all aspects of insurance, risk, and claims management related to the construction industry. In addition to addressing construction defects and other hot topics, conference sessions will also address facets of construction site accidents/injuries, coverage issues, subcontractor issues, risk management, and new technologies.
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SDV Insights

Eleventh Circuit Confirms Late Notice Killed Coverage for Assault and Murder Claims under Georgia Law

Recently, in Mt. Hawley Ins. Co. v. East Perimeter Pointe Apts., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the denial of liability coverage for negligent security claims involving an assault and murder at an apartment complex in Georgia, finding that the insured owner of the complex and its property management firm waited too long to notify their insurers of the incidents.
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SDV Insights

Rather Than Limit Decision to That Particular Part of Developer's Policy Necessary to Bar Coverage, 10th Circuit Renders Questionable Decision on Exclusion j(6)

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, applying Colorado law, recently extended Colorado's broad application of the phrase "arising out of" in an insurance interpretation, barring an insured real estate developer from receiving a defense to a suit alleging liability for construction of a defective retaining wall and associated resulting damage.
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Events

The Seminar Group: 5th Annual Insurance in Construction industry

Given the fast pace of today's business world and the everchanging world of construction growth, understanding the current state of the law with respect to construction insurance coverages is paramount for those involved in the construction industry as owners, contractors or industry professionals. Insurance for Construction Claims impacts all demographics, all organizations, and all businesses whether public or private.
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SDV Insights

iCan Not Narrowly Interpret Policy Exclusions

In Horn v. Liberty Ins. Underwriters, Inc., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals addressed insurance coverage for claims arising out of the invasion of privacy relating to a TCPA claim. In the underlying litigation, individuals brought a class action lawsuit against iCan Benefit Group LLC (iCan), alleging that iCan violated the TCPA and invaded the plaintiffs' privacy by sending unsolicited text messages without the consent of the recipients.
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MEET OUR TEAM

Richard W. Brown
Partner
Theresa A. Guertin
Partner
David G. Jordan
Partner
Gregory D. Podolak
Partner
Tracy Alan Saxe
Partner
Jeffrey J. Vita
Partner
Jeremiah M. Welch
Partner
Bethany L. Barrese
Partner
William S. Bennett
Associate
K.  Alexandra O'Neill
Associate
Grace V. Hebbel
Partner
Celia B. Waters
Associate
Samantha M. Oliveira
Associate
Michael V. Pepe
Partner
Hugh D. Hughes
Associate
Andres  Avila
Associate
Kerianne E. Kane
Associate
Cheryl L.  Kozdrey
Associate

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