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The Northwest Policyholder

A legal blog focused on insurance coverage issues in the Pacific Northwest

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Protecting Your Business’s Data, and Cyber Insurance, Is More Important Than Ever
With a majority of businesses being run from home, using less secure networks, and disrupting normal security protocols, hackers are seeking to capitalize. The FCC and the FTC have seen an uptick in scams during the pandemic in the form of fake chari...
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Insurance Recovery for COVID-19 Losses
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has been swift and severe. Moratoriums, quarantines, and bans will continue to upend daily life and with this impose severe economic consequences on regional, national, and international commerce. While the federal...
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Northwest Data Breach Laws Are Changing—Is Your Cyber Insurance Keeping Up?
Legal requirements for managing consumer data and handling data breaches are changing, so now is a good time to check your cyber insurance to make sure that it is keeping up. New Oregon Law + Proposed Washington Law + California CCPA = Increasing Bu...
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Oregon Court: Common Commercial Property Insurance Suit-Limitation Clause is Ambiguous
Oregon federal Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman gave policyholders an early Christmas present on December 20, 2019, holding that the most commonly-used suit limitation clause in commercial property insurance is ambiguous, and that therefore the poli...
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Washington Supreme Court: Consumer Protection Act Applies Broadly, Federal Courts Wrong
In Peoples v. USAA, decided on November 27, 2019, the Washington Supreme Court held that insurance companies can be liable under Washington's Consumer Protection Act (RCW Ch. 19.86) if they violate Washington claims-handling regulations and wrongfu...
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Insurance and Cannabis—Requirements, Exclusions, Positive News
Cannabis businesses don’t have many options when it comes to insurance, because major insurance players are staying out of the market until cannabis is reclassified under federal law. However, cannabis licensees are required to carry insurance by sta...
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