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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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Insurance Coverage Can Help Businesses Impacted by Wildfires or Hurricanes
Many Northwest businesses are being impacted by the wildfires close to home, and also by the hurricanes that have or will hit Texas, Florida and other Gulf states. Can commercial insurance help to mitigate losses from these natural disasters? In many...
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Considering Cyber-Insurance After "WannaCry"? Here Are Things to Consider
Many businesses that previously resisted the urging of their insurance broker or (ahem) legal counsel to buy cyber-insurance are now re-thinking that strategy in the wake of the "WannaCry" ransom-ware attack that has been in the news.  The damag...
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