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From the UP Blog: Portland Harbor Superfund Litigation Has "Super" Implications For Policyholders
I was privileged enough to be invited to write the following guest blog post on May 2, 2016 for the blog of United Policyholders, an advocacy organization for commercial and personal-lines policyholders.  Our firm has had the privilege of writin...
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New Law in Oregon Means Policyholders Should Now Report Bad Behavior to Insurance Commissioner
This week, Oregon's governor signed into law SB 1591A, which permits the Insurance Commissioner (part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, or DCBS) to release complaints made to DCBS about insurance company claims handling practices,...
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Why a Decision on the Construction Statute of Repose Matters for Coverage in Oregon
My colleagues Stacey Martinson and Christi Taylor posted an excellent summary on our From the Ground Up blog of a new Oregon Supreme Court decision—Shell v. Schollander Companies, Inc., 350 Or 552 (2016)—on when Oregon's ten-year statute...
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Washington Federal Court Goes Where None Have Gone Before on Excess Carrier Bad Faith
Late last month, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington faced an issue that appears never to have been addressed in Washington or any other state: Whether a policyholder may pursue a bad faith claim against its exce...
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The Other Shoe Just Dropped: Cyber Insurer Sues in Oregon to Avoid First Party Benefits for Malware Event
Those who follow the fast-moving growth of cyber-insurance as a product have been waiting for the other shoe to drop: coverage litigation, particularly about the many loopholes and limitations in first-party coverage for data breaches and similar eve...
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MNG&D Breakfast Roundtable: Insurance Coverage
Jan 26, 2016
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Insurance Coverage: Strategies to Protect Your Business Please join us in our Portland office on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 for this no-cost roundtable discussion of practical tips for using insurance to manage risk to your business. The program...
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