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Cannabis Coverage Alert: Oregon Court Distills the Science of Cannabis to Find Insurance for a CBD Claim
Although the 2018 Farm Bill carved out hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, few court rulings have addressed the legal distinction between federally-legal hemp and federally-illegal cannabis. A new opinion from the District of Oregon (Bog...
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Foreign Arbitration Clauses in Insurance Policies: Oregon Federal Court Enforces Clause—A Cautionary Tale for Domestic Businesses
Retailers and product designers in the U.S. commonly require that product manufacturers add the retailer as an “additional insured” on the manufacturer’s liability policies. A major benefit for a retailer of being an “additional insured” is having a...
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New Additional Insured Form Gets its First Test in Court: How to Avoid the Pitfalls
When the Insurance Service Office, Inc. (“ISO”) – the organization that drafts the standardized forms used by most insurance companies – revised its standard additional insured endorsement in 2013, it was an open question what effect the revisions wo...
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Are Policyholder Wins + New Closure Orders “Game Changers” for NW Business Income Insurance Claims?
The last few weeks have seen both ups and downs for companies that are pursuing business income claims. On the upside, two Washington state courts have now held in favor of policyholders, ruling that government shutdown orders can constitute “physica...
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Oregon Fires—Free Debris Removal Available for Businesses, Oct. 16 Deadline
Debris removal after a fire is complicated where hazardous substances may be present. Insurance may not defray the full cost, as debris removal coverage is often sub-limited. The State of Oregon DEQ and FEMA have teamed up to provide removal of some...
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Prominent Portland Culinary and Music Venues File Lawsuits Against Insurance Company
Our firm has filed lawsuits against Cincinnati Insurance Company in Multnomah County Circuit Court on behalf of RingSide Steakhouse, Mississippi Studios, Polaris Hall, and Revolution Hall, four cultural institutions that span Portland’s culinary root...
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