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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 of...
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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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Insurer Sues to Terminate Defense of Premera Cyber Breach
On December 8, 2015 an insurer for Premera Blue Cross sued to terminate its defense obligation (and any indemnity obligation) in a class-action lawsuit involving the theft of 11 million medical records. We have previously reported on the massive...
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Oregon Supreme Court Overrules 40-Year Precedent on Covenant Judgments
Good news for policyholders today from the Oregon Supreme Court: the court overruled the 42-year-old Stubblefield decision, making it much easier for defendants in litigation to protect themselves if their insurance company fails to reach a reasonabl...
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