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The Northwest Policyholder

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

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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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In-House Counsel: Take Care in Contracting for Additional Insured Coverage from Foreign Suppliers
Most businesses, and particularly retailers, require that their suppliers name the retailer as an "additional insured" on the supplier's general liability policy. This means that if a customer is injured because of the supplier's product, and the...
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Lessons in Contracting for Additional Insured Status from New Oregon Case
The dispute in Security National Insurance Company v. Sunset Presbyterian Church, __ Or. App.__ arose out of construction claims involving a church, its general contractor, a subcontractor, and the subcontractor’s liability insurer. In an underlying...
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"Contractors Special Conditions" Endorsement Sets Traps for Policyholders and Defense Counsel
An endorsement that has become common in general contractors' insurance policies can function as a trap for both the policyholder and defense counsel. The "Contractors Special Conditions" endorsement requires that the policyholder must have written...
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Miller Nash Graham & Dunn Represents United Policyholders on Pollution Exclusion in Ninth Circuit
We are honored to represent United Policyholders (a non-profit advocacy organization for policyholders) on an issue of great concern to many of our commercial clients, and in particular those in the construction industry: the scope of the so-called "...
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