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The Northwest Policyholder

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

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Oregon Court: “Sudden & Accidental” Exception to Pollution Exclusion Judged from Policyholder's Perspective
One of the most critical issues in litigation over coverage for long-tail environmental liabilities is the application of the "qualified pollution exclusion" and in particular the carve-out for pollution that is "sudden and accidental." A new decisio...
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Insurance Coverage & the Cannabis Industry
Properly insuring cannabis businesses, and companies that are involved in the industry but that are not themselves regulated under state cannabis law, can be a tricky undertaking. I recently wrote an article for the Oregon State Bar Cannabis Law Se...
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Will Your Cyber Insurance Cover GDPR Fines & Penalties?
The GDPR, the European Union's Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), took effect on May 25. As my colleagues have written, the regulations apply to many US companies that hold data on EU customers, vendors, or employees. Businesses are sti...
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Allocation-Process Information Shielded by Mediation Privilege, not Available to Insurer: Wash. Fed. Court
In a decision with important implications for "long-tail" environmental contamination coverage claims in the Northwest, a federal court in Washington state has held that information from a confidential "allocation" proceeding in a Superfund site does...
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Common Gaps in Coverage for Data Security Incidents
Businesses of all sizes are now commonly purchasing "cyber insurance” coverage to protect against financial losses from data security incidents. But these policies—which are not written on standardized forms—can vary widely in what they cover. Here a...
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Considering Employment Practices Liability Insurance? Some Things to Consider.
The upsurge in sexual harassment complaints and gender-based pay discrimination has many employers understandably concerned about their exposure. More and more employers are looking to protect themselves against employment-related claims using Empl...
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